If you're like most UTV enthusiasts, you enjoy taking your vehicle off the beaten path. After all, that's one of the best things about owning a UTV - the ability to go places that other vehicles can't. UTVs allow you to traverse all sorts of terrain, from sandy beaches to rocky mountains. To do that, however, you need to make sure your UTV is in tip-top shape - and that includes having the right tires.
But what do you do when a tire goes flat? Don't worry; changing a UTV tire is actually pretty easy. In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of changing a UTV or ATV tire. We will also focus on how to set the bead on the new tire. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced UTV rider, this article has something for you!
How To Mount A New UTV Tire
Being a UTV enthusiast means you're probably no stranger to changing a UTV tire. But for those new to the world of UTVs, changing a tire might seem like a daunting task. Have no fear! We will walk you through the entire process step-by-step.
To start, you will need the following basic supplies:
- Tire iron
- Bead breaker
- Air compressor
- New UTV tire - preferably the TUSK Terrabite or the TUSK Aramid Terrabite 10 Ply tire
Now let's get started!
The first step is to use the UTV jack to lift your vehicle. You will want to place the jack under the frame of the UTV in the center. Once the vehicle is lifted off the ground, remove the UTV wheel. Second, you need to deflate the tire. To do so, you'll have to find the valve stem and use a tire iron to unscrew it. Once the valve stem is removed, the tire will start to deflate.
Next, use the UTV bead breaker to break the bead on the old tire. To do this, insert the UTV bead breaker between the tire and the rim. Then, use a tire iron to pry up on the UTV bead breaker. This will break the bead and allow you to remove the old tire. If you don't have a bead breaker, you can use a tire spoon.
Once the tire is removed, it's time to clean the rim lip and apply sealer. To clean the rim lip, you can use a wire brush. Once it's clean, apply a bead of sealer around the circumference of the lip. This will help to keep the new tire in place.
Now it's time to mount the new UTV tire. First, apply a generous amount of soap or lubricant around the rim of the UTV wheel. This will help the new tire slide on more easily. Next, place the new tire on the UTV wheel. Make sure that the UTV bead is sitting on top of the UTV rim.
Setting The Bead On Your New UTV Tire
Now it's time to set the bead. This is where a UTV air compressor comes in handy. If you don't have an air compressor, you can take the tire to a local shop, and they can set the bead for you.
To set the bead yourself, start by attaching the air compressor to the UTV tire valve. Then, turn on the air compressor and let it fill up the tire. The goal is to get the UTV tire pressure to about 30 psi. Once the UTV tire is inflated, turn off the air compressor and remove the air hose.
Next, use the tire iron to pry the bead over the rim. Once both beads are seated, check the UTV tire pressure. It should be between 20-22 psi. If it's not, add or release air until it is.
Another alternative you might consider is to fill the tire with starter fluid and ignite it with a lighter. The gasoline ignites all of the air in the tire, forcing the bead into place. However, this method is not recommended as it can be dangerous.
Once the UTV tire bead is set, you can lower the UTV off the jack and put the UTV wheel back on. Then, screw on the UTV valve stem and inflate the tire to the proper pressure. And that's it! You've successfully changed your UTV tire and set the bead - all by yourself! To set the tire, put the core back in and inflate it as you would with any air compressor. If you intend on going faster than 35 mph, balance the tires at this time.
How To Balance Your UTV Tires
If you're going to be riding your UTV at high speeds, it's important to have balanced tires. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your UTV or having an accident. Fortunately, balancing UTV tires is a relatively easy process.
After the tires have been changed and the beads have been properly seated, it's time to start balancing the tires. The first step is to find the heavy spot on each UTV tire. To do this, spin the tire and watch where it starts to slow down. This is usually the heavy spot.
Once you've found the heavy spot, use a tire balancer to balance the UTV tire. A tire balancer is a tool that helps to evenly distribute the weight around the UTV tire. This will help to prevent vibrations and improve ride quality.
It's important to note that you should only balance one UTV tire at a time. Otherwise, you run the risk of throwing off the entire process. Once you've balanced one UTV tire, move on to the next one and repeat the process.
Once all four UTV tires have been balanced, it's time to put the UTV back together and take it for a spin!Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand how to set a bead on a UTV tire. With a little practice, you'll be changing UTV tires like a pro in no time! MX PowerPlay specializes in high-quality ATV and UTV parts, components, and accessories. When you purchase a Powersports part from us, we guarantee prompt delivery and a secure and simple online transaction. All of the goods on our website come with a warranty as well as customer care help if needed. Please have a look at our website to learn more about what we have to offer.