Beadbreaker - R and R
While the Tyre Pliers may have had less than adequate performance, don’t completely write off Australians yet. Safari 4x4 Centre of South Australia distributes a terrific and easy to use bead-buster, the "R&R Bead Breaker".
The R&R relies on the action of a long nut working its way down a threaded rod to force the bead down with it. Since the R&R only requires minimal physical exertion to operate, the operation can be performed on a workbench, tailgate or on the ground, allowing the user to sit in a comfortable position rather than standing.
The coupling nut, as it is called, forces the "blade" of the unit against the edge of the wheel and down into the bead, eventually forcing it from the wheel.
Like the Tyre Pliers, the unit must be set for the correct wheel diameter. A metal tab at the end of the unit adjusts the length. The threaded rod rides in a block in the middle, which must be adjusted so that when the hooked end of the threaded rod is inserted into the wheels center hole, the rod is at a 60 degree angle relative e to the wheel face.
After inserting the hooked end of the rod into the center hole of the rim, position the blade against the edge of the rim, and tighten the coupling nut until it is finger tight.
Make sure that the valve is removed and use a ¾" or 19mm wrench to turn the nut down the rod, and the tire will have broken. Flip the tire over and do the same on the other side.
Keep in mind that tires always come on and off from the front face of the wheel. Lube up both beads with dishsoap and use tire spoons or long round bars to work the beads off of the rim. From there, you can make repairs or get a new tire installed. (Derek Emerson)
Although I didn’t mention it in the R&R article, there is one significant downfall to the unit (or any commercially available bead breaker) and that is the cost. The R&R unit alone retails for over $200 AU. However, for those with the tools, talent and time to construct their own device, the task is relatively simple. We already know that the bead is broken by somehow forcing a metal shoe under the rim. So, instead of a more portable unit, my father Steve designed a unit that locks the wheel/tire combo into position, where it can easily be worked on.
The unit mounts in a 2" receiver, with a metal pipe extending down to the ground as a support. Without this attachment, the action of prying the breaker down might simply work the suspension instead. The heart of the unit is a metal shoe, which slides along a section of Schd. 80 pipe, about ten feet long. One end of the pipe pivots at the center of wheel, and the user need only to heave their weight against the other end to break the bead.Remember to keep safety in mind at all times, and watch where you swing the "boom".
Likewise, apply liberal amounts of soapy water to the bead surfaces in order to facilitate removing the tire from the rim, using good tire spoons or even smooth round bars (like a heel bar).(Derek Emerson)
Tight - Is the Bolt or Nut Still Tight?
this trick back when we were checking the race car out after an
event. Instead of having to take the time to put a wrench on each
nut and bolt on the car to make sure it hadn't loosened and was
still tight, we painted a line on the hex of the bolt or nut and
one on the metal next to it . All it takes is a quick look to see
if the paint mark stayed in alignment. If it didn't, you knew you
should check it out. (WW)
- Thread Fixer
up the threads on that bolt and the hardware store has already closed
and you need to get put the part back on right now, but you dont
have a tap and die set? Take the correct size nut and cut it in
half with a hack saw. Now cut a couple of grooves in each half deeper
than the threads. With a pair of clamping pliers like Vice, clamp
the two halves over a good section of the bolt. Now unscrew the
modified nut off the bolt and it will work just like a die to repair
the threads. Some lubricant helps make a smoother cut. (WW)
installing a differential cover I like to use a gasket but sometimes
I will substitute some RTV silicon sealer or use a special gasket
maker called The Right Stuff. When I do use this, I apply a liberal
amount to the cover and bolt it in place. But I tighten the bolts
just enough to cause the sealer to ooze out of the cover plate.
I then like to let it sit for at least 12 hours and then finish
tightening the bolts. This way I have actually made a gasket. I
also like to put the cover on the shop floor and while pushing down
hard slide the cover across the concrete. The marks on the cover
will now show you just how flat the cover really is. You may then
need to do a bit of hammer work. I then run a flat file over the
sealing surface of both the cover and the housing to make sure that
there are no high spots, plus I feel that the rough finish and file
marks hold the gasket or sealer better. (WW)
drilling over head and you don't want the drilling chips to fall
on you or anyplace you don't want them, slip a paper cup down on
the drill bit as a catch can. (WW)
Sticks in Cold Weather?
have your door stick closed after a freezing rain storm? Before
that happens, wipe down the rubber weatherstriping on the doors
with a silicon-based vinyl upholstery protector like Armorall. It
will keep the water from sticking and freezing to the rubber. (WW)
Tape - have Tape Will Travel
several wraps of duct tape around your roll bar. That way
you'll always have some if you need it. (WW)
Brake Mounting Prong Release
you have to take the e-brake cable free from the mounting hole on
a rearend, don't fight the toggle prongs with pliers. Open up a
small hose clamp and then tighten it around the prongs just enough
to compress them so that they will side through the mounting hole.
Hood Notes - getting smart in the 'hood
the underside of the hood of your vehicle take a white paint pen
and write the oil filter number, the number of quarts of oil the
engine takes, and the size of the wrench for the drain plug. This
will save you from having to look this up each time you change the
- cool site
to tie some thing down or put two lines together? Want to learn
more about ropes and knots? Check out this web site. be sure to
the animation, its way cool. (WW) http://www.animatedknots.com
Catch Funnel for Oil Changes
years ago reading [a magazine article] that I still use to this
day. Had to do with
making a large catch funnel for doing oil changes. Take an old plastic
trash can lid. Cut hole in center. Turn upside down. Bingo - now
a REALLY WIDE funnel. Set it on top of your oil catch pan to increase
diameter. Saves cleaning up oil from your shop floor for those stupid
side mounted oil drain plugs. (Figmo)
- Need One?
have all dropped a nut, bolt or a part into a space that our fingers
just couldn't reach. Or maybe you needed to hold a screw on the
end of a screw driver to get it into a seemingly impossible place?
You can magnetize a screw driver by wrapping a bunch of turns of
insulated wire around the shank and then touching the ends of the
wire across the post of your battery. It only take a second or two
to do the trick. The better the steel in the screw driver the longer
it will hold its magnetism. (WW)
changing your oil, always fill the oil filter with fresh oil before
installing it. Ok on some vehicles you have to be quick when reinstalling
it due to the mounting location. But this way the oil pump doesn't
have to fill the filter before delivering oil to the engine components.
Ramp Travel Index (RTI) Test
Sealant - Tube It
one should carry a tube of RTV sealant in their tool box as the
usage is only limited to your imagination when it comes to repairs.
However, when it rattles around in the tool box it gets pretty beat
up. Grab the core that toilet paper or paper towels are rolled on
and use is as a case. Bend one end of the tube inward to form a
bottom and perhaps add a piece of duct tape. Slide the RTV sealant
inside the tube. (WW)
taking your spark plug wires off, put a numbered clothes pin on
each wire. It will make it so much easier to identify where each
one goes when you put them back on. Oh, and use a special boot puller
when taking them off the plugs, the grab and pull method can easily
break the wire. (WW)
- grab that camera!
disassembling whatever part of your vehicle, grab your digital
camera and take step by step photos as you remove each
component. When you put it back together, you'll have a visual
guide. Save the photos to computer or a disc if you'll use them
Load Capacity and Air Pressure When Changing Tire Size
Bolts - removing those infamous things
the end of a soldering iron into the torx hole and let it heat up
for a minute or two. This will soften any loctite and let you back
the bolt out without breaking anything, burning paint, or welding.
Tow Strap Instructions
to get that piece of tubing round again on the end? Use a trailer
hitch ball as a dolly to slip inside the tube. (WW)
an end wrench to measure tubing size. (WW)
Tyre Pliers review. (Derek Emerson)
- stop them from rattling
- Does the center cap of your aftermarket wheels rattle? Pull the
wheel off, take the cap out, and put a big rubber band around the
of the cap and slide it back in. This should make a snug enough
to keep it from rattling. (WW)
- Use tin snips to cut 3 or 4 little notches around the base of
the center cap, then slip it into the wheel and install. The little
offset cuts act like little spring clips to hold everything tightly
in place. (Bruce Erickson)
you're securing the end of your winch cable to your vehicle for
storage, use a heavy rubber tarp tie down strap to hook it to. The
tension on the cable will keep it from unspooling and you don't
to worry about jamming it into your fairlead. (WW)
Winterizing Your Vehicle
A list of items to check so you can be winter-ready. (Mike Lenz)