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what do you use for bead lube when mounting tires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rustdodger, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. rustdodger
    Joined: Jan 17, 2009
    Posts: 275


    I would like to know what my fellow HAMBers use to lube tire beads when you mount tires.I remember there being a product that was made for bead lube years ago. Do any of you know if anything is still made that works well and who sells it. What about mixing your own or other products that do the job?
  2. "T'RANTULA"
    Joined: Aug 6, 2011
    Posts: 658

    from Ohio

    I use very soapy water....
  3. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,104


    Dishwashing soap & water.
  4. brechlrl
    Joined: Apr 6, 2007
    Posts: 137

    from Wisconsin

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  5. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,903


    Yep !
  6. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,198


    Dawn or Palmolive dish soap straight out of the bottle. Best part is your hands will clean right up and be soft as Madge's.

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  7. amx180mph
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 156


    Ruglyde cheap and made to mount tires, leaves a nice clean tire with no residue when your done Napa #765-1338 about 12.00 a gallon.
  8. DL Hand Cleaner or straight green liquid Palmolive dish soap.
  9. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,363

    Mopar Jack

    Dish soap and water...
  10. patrick english
    Joined: Feb 15, 2008
    Posts: 808

    patrick english
    from La puente

    my bro changes big rig tires..he uses soap and water..
  11. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,621


    Plenty of spit if you're lubing beads...
  12. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Had an old rusty rim I wanted to use for a spare on a trailer and did not want to blast or powder coat. When I mounted the tire the bead was leaking so I wire brushed it as best I could and used axle grease to seal it up...been holding for about three months now, but I'm sure when I need it it will be flat by then.:mad:
  13. Water based products could rust the inside of the wheel,only if to much is applied.
  14. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    When I was a kid I worked at a gas station and we used a mixture of water and Murphy's Oil Soap. We had that round brush that we would slather the stuff all over the bead and slip it on. When I bought my first set of American Torque Thrusts I refused to use the machine on it so we lubed it up with transmission fluid and put the tires on by hand.

  15. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 819

    from Western MA

  16. Most of the water blows out when the bead is set, have been using the soapy water thing since day 1.

  17. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,559

    from Garner, NC

    So can the moisture in most compressed air.

    I've worked at a couple places that used "Rim Ease" or one of the commercial bead lubricants, but always ended up with dish soap and water when no one ordered the lube.
  18. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,251

    Dan Timberlake

    I usually use house brand dish soap with 1 to 5 parts water. I bought a jug of Ruglyd last year and it is WAY slipperier and doesn't evaporate or run off as fast (maybe that is why it seems slipperier). With it I seated the first bead of some new Michelins by hand ( no tire irons). I brought it in the house for the winter because I think it can freeze
  19. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,855


    The experts tell you to never use oil. Something about it not being good for the rubber. Ruglyde is prob the #1 garage product. Soap and water is #2. Silicone spray works, not harmful to rubber. WD-40, CRC, ect will work, but tire makers say they are harmful to rubber.
    If you have a rusty rim, clean off the scale, lay some paint on as heavy as you can, put the tire on while it is still dripping off, blow it up. Works most of the time.
  20. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    You know where Napa Auto Parts is, right?
    The parking lot next door.

  21. AREA51SD
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 99


    A old timer told me told me to use shaving gel and it works good.
  22. Bear makes a great lube/sealer for tires with a scuffed up bead or less than perfect rim surface. I used it when mounting stock car tires all the time just to ward off evil spirits.

  23. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    I dont use anything ,I dont have a real tire machine,I dont want my bars to slip
  24. Uncle Bob 66
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 1

    Uncle Bob 66
    from Minnesota

    I am going to mount some tires today and thought I"d try using some of the lubricant that electricians us to pull wire through conduit. You can buy it at hardware and major home improvement stores. It works great for wire and doesn't have any negative affects to rubber as petroleum based lubricants might.

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  25. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,384


    Dish soap and Palmolive sells it.

    I just use dish soap but I don't own a tire shop. The last time I worked in a tire shop we used dish soap. But that was a long time ago.
  26. never met a girl named "tires"
  27. nukeman
    Joined: Mar 17, 2007
    Posts: 131

    from Michigan

    Do not use "yellow 77" as it dries to a waxy film and may allow the tires to slip on the rim under acceleration. "Poly water" or "clear glide" may work fine but remember that many wire lubes are designed to stay slippery even after they dry out, because sometimes we need to pull wires back out years later. That may be a good thing after you wear out the tread and need to get them off. I would still wipe off all you can before inflating.

    I have used dish soap and water or "STP son of a gun" (silicone).
  28. ZAPPER68
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 199

    from BC

    X2 this is the stuff I have been using for + 40 years....
  29. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,965

    from Quincy, IL

    I use silicone spray.............has worked very well for me for several years

  30. After being in the truck tire biz for 35 years, I would recommend Murphy's or Myers mounting soap. This stuff is thick, becomes very slick with a little water, and won't harm the tire or rim. We mounted nearly 500 tires a day, so we needed to make it as easy as possible!!

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