HF Tire Changer
This is longer than I wanted it to be. They say the devil's in the
details, so for someone who's never used a manual tire changer, this may be
The first few seconds show quick snapshots of the process so you can see if
it's has the info you're looking for.
For a safer way to get the bead to seal, check out joshuaburks' vid
For dimension on the changer and the tool holder, here's another vid.....
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Retreading the Tweel Airless Skid Steer Tire and Wheel
Pete's Tire Barns, Inc, has successfully retreaded the Michelin Tweel
Airless Skid Steer Tire and Wheel. The Michelin Tweel is a revolutionary
tire and wheel assembly for skid steer machines that uses high strength
poly resin spokes instead of air to support the load of the machine. This
allows for a virtually zero down time tire without the drawbacks and
limitations of solid skid steer tires.
Pete's Tire Barns believes that they are the first retread shop in the
country to successfully retread a Michelin Tweel. After buffing down the
surface of the Tweel, Pete's retread technicians Dennis McCarthy and Jared
Derosiers filled in the remaining gaps with rubber and applied a new tread.
After curing for more then 4 hours under both heat and pressure, a high
quality retreaded Tweel rolled out of their retread plant in Orange, MA.
"The ability to retread this revolutionary product maximizes the value for
our customers and saves landfill space" said Pete's Tire Barns President
Peter Gerry. The next test for this retreaded MichelinTweel will be in the
field and Pete's Tire Barns has scheduled a real world test for the tire in
a local glass recycling facility. With a goal of extending the life of the
tire and providing value to the customer, Pete's Tire Barns has found a
About Pete's Tire Barns: Pete's Tire Barns, Inc, headquartered in Orange,
MA, has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships
in the country. Pete's currently operates 19 full-service locations in New
England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag
retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 200 people, and
operates a fleet of over 130 service and delivery vehicles. In 2013, Pete's
Tire Barns celebrated their 45th year in business and has consistently been
recognized by both Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Business magazines as a
leader in the industry.
How to stretch a tire... and how you don't.
First time we had to use fire to make a tire stretch out.
Stretching 195/45R15s on 9Jx15 BBS RMs.
Didn't work at first, but we got there!
As more and more people cry about handling and whatever when it comes to
These wheels will be going on a stanced out 1986 Scirocco 16V weekend
It's meant to look good in the first place, handling just comes second.
Stretching tires that much will make the handling in fast corners
worse...normal driving you won't notice any difference though.
On my MKIII GTI, I run 195/40s on 9" wide rims for daily use and meetings,
while I run 215/35s on 9" wide rims for track use (see my onboard videos on
215s will just stretch slightly on 9", stiffening the sidewall up only a
little, giving you a more direct steering, while still allowing fast
In combination with harder rubber bushings, more stiff suspension setup and
unbiall top mounts, etc.etc. this results in an almost GoKart like, very
direct handling...sure not the fastest setup, but fast and fun enough for