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heck of a way to blow up a tire (video)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by boy_named_sue, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. boy_named_sue
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 131

    from Dayton, OH

  2. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,036

    from California

    funny... the guy next door to me polishes big rig wheels. he had to dismount a few for polishing and was having a hard time getting the bead set. he mentioned this as a way to do it...

    not something I'd do.. but I guess it works
  3. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,449


    Try it on your neighbors Honda. :D :eek: :cool:
  4. skajaquada
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 1,642

    from SLC Utard

    i've seen that around the web a few times now and i've been wondering how the hell it works. the physics do'nt make sense in my mind but i've seen it several times now. i wanna know how and why!!!

  5. gahi
    Joined: Jun 29, 2005
    Posts: 731

    from Moab, UT

    Seen it done with starting fluid.
  6. greatbg
    Joined: Dec 27, 2005
    Posts: 171


    I believe it works like a small implosion. The fire burns up all the oxygen so fast that the difference in atmospheric pressure outside of the tire causes air to rush back in to fill the void so fast that it fills the tire.

    Or some thing like that. I did flunk physics. (know just enough to be dangerous):D
  7. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,737


    I think it works the same as a bead seater. Only here, the heat from the ignited fluid causes the air to expand and presto - the tire pops on the rim. I wonder what the pressure level is after they do that. My guess is it's pretty low.
  8. rev383
    Joined: Nov 7, 2005
    Posts: 68


    Common in cold weather places where starting fluid is handy. I first saw it done in Antarctica in '81 to mount a loader tire. We've used natgas with no success and propane and acetylene with good success.
  9. That was cool.
  10. draggin ass
    Joined: Jun 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,920

    draggin ass
    from hell

    4x4 places do that all the time.
  11. Crusty Nut
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,834

    Crusty Nut

    We used to do that all the time at the race track. I've never done it with the tire bolted to the hub though. It works really well, and I would do it again for sure. Its not a big deal, and is fun.
  12. Cyric30
    Joined: Jun 21, 2006
    Posts: 108

    from AR

    LOL we do that once or twice a year on farm equipment here you just have to be carful and not blow you self up :).....i have always wondered who & how they came up with this in the first place
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 272

    from tulsa

    the video said lighter fluid but ive heard of using ether too
  14. this works great ive done it alot on truck tires and even car tires as long as your not a dumbass and empty the bottle on the tire ive never been hurt.
  15. o forgot to mention ive used ether a few times it works real good

    Joined: Sep 9, 2006
    Posts: 145


    If You Are Thinking Of Doing This On Large Tires Then Do It On The Truck.i Tried It With Som 36 Inch Tires And Starting Fluid And When It Popped It Jumped Up And Almost Knocked Me Over.otherwise It Works Great.youi Will Need To Have A Pump Ready Though Because Its Only At Maybe 2 Or 3 Lbs After You Do It.and If You Let It Sit Once The Air Cools It Will Fall Off The Bead Again Because Its Not Powerful Enough To Set The Bead All The Way
  17. 47bob
    Joined: Oct 28, 2005
    Posts: 625


    Note: That only seats the beads; you still have to inflate the tire.
  18. My auto shop teacher in high school showed us how to do that... but I never had the balls to try it.

  19. Dutch Bastard
    Joined: Sep 18, 2006
    Posts: 54

    Dutch Bastard

    They have been mounting Truck and tractor tire like this for years, The fire in the tire cause oxygen to rush into the tire and seals it. I grew up on a farm and on a 1/4 mile dirt race track and we did this all the time. We used Starting Fluid though.
  20. ComingApart
    Joined: May 30, 2004
    Posts: 147


    Wow, a lot of misinformation here...
    You use ether (starting fluid). Lighter fluid wouldn't do it I would think.
    It works just how it's shown in the video. It DOES inflate the tire as well, you usually have to let some of the pressure out for an ATV or automobile tire, never tried it on farm equipment. Semi-truck tires will probably need some more inflation (the steers run at 110#)

    It is dangerous and violates all manner of regulations, but it does work. You guys that aren't getting the tires up to full pressure must not be using enough ether.
  21. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,706

    Tech Editor

    Since you use the explosion to seat the Tire, what will be inside of it wont be regular clean air.
    Any chance the residue will do nasty things to the Rubber over time?
  22. SquashThatFly
    Joined: Nov 24, 2005
    Posts: 723


    i was actually taught how to do that a while back. didnt know how many people actually used it though.
  23. JohnnyP.
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,299


    so if you put a lot of ether in there, then you will get enough pressure and not have to fill it up? speaking of ether, any one done ether fuel injected flame throwers on their cars?
  24. cryobug
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 362


    Having owned a tire store for a lot of years I have done the ether thing a lot but a word of caution for those who try it, I had a customer that did it and didn’t have the tire standing up at the time of ignition, when it went off the wheel came up and caught him at the chin and raked his face off killing him. I had one of the E.R. nurses told me the details and it wasn’t a pretty story. After that incident I stopped the practice of using ether and strictly used Murphy’s oil soap to dam up the air between the rim and tire. My thoughts were that someone else might see this done and go home thinking they can do it and not do it right and some one else gets killed or maimed
  25. rustywrench
    Joined: Feb 25, 2005
    Posts: 253


    ...yeah, I think I would want it to be mounted on the car if I were gonna try that! Standing out of the path of the tire if it came off the rim.
  26. DIRTYT
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 3,264

    from Warren,MI

    we used to do that at this junk yard i worked at. i hated when they had me do it. its preety scary when your right next to it. Im glad i still have my face.
  27. Rob Kozak
    Joined: Aug 18, 2005
    Posts: 442

    Rob Kozak

    When we had our Monster Truck (Buffalo Tremor) that's how we would re seat a bead.
  28. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,772

    J'st Wandering

    If you have an air hose handy, be ready to quickly get air in the tire after you set the bead with ether. Otherwise as the air cools it contracts and can pull the tire back off the rim.

    Also if you don't get it the first time, the oxygen in the tire is gone so you need to blow air inside the tire or it won't explode when you try it the second and third and .....

    A little common sense goes a long way. Before you light it, think of where the tire is going to go and where it could go. Keep body parts away from this area.

  29. InDaShop
    Joined: Aug 15, 2004
    Posts: 2,785

    from Houston

    Yep pretty easy to do deal. Doesn't work on small tires though. And doesn't really work in warm weather either.
    I've seen the tires pop off the ground when lit, but never JUMP off the ground. I'd say they used to much ether. It will work with pretty much anything flamable. But you want it to be something that burns fast, so starter fluid (ether) or lighter fluid are the best.

    The trick on lighting is throw the match at it, or tape a match to a stick.

    Heres a cool pic of the action, and using a shop heater to light it off.
  30. InDaShop
    Joined: Aug 15, 2004
    Posts: 2,785

    from Houston

    Found two Youtube videos to show how this works. A good one, and one to show the dangers.

    The good one

    The one of the perils

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