Tyre levers ?

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:21
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Probably a dumb question but anyway , i havnt used tyre levers for about 20 years and i dont own any at the mpment . I used to have just a pair of small cheap ones . Would larger truck type ones like these be better .
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:30

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:30
Overkill it would seem - I bought some Mumme TL24's as seen on this page here.... quality, and they seem quite adequate for 16" wheel jobs.
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Follow Up By: Atta Boy Luther - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:36

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:36
Hey , thanks for that .
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:50

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 11:50
Hi Atta Boy Luther,
The most important thing is to make sure that they are a good quality. I have had mine now for nearly 20 years and used them many times. They are Heyco and made in Germany and are 24" long. I have been told by a few people that they have seen the cheep Chinese ones break when used. At the time I was trying to get top quality German made Dowidat levers, but were not available.

There is no substitute for quality out in the bush, so pay the extra and go for a good quality brand name.

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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:21

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:21
Luther, depends on what you are going to use them for? If for split rims, the 24" good quality ones will be ample. If for tubeless, you may find that a set of beadbreakers/refitters may be the way to go. John
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:26

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:26
I use good quality 24 inch on my 17 inch rims and they do the job easily enough. Bigger just means more weight.

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Reply By: SteveL - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 13:40

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 13:40
I had some large truck tyre levers exactly the same as the ones pictured and found they were useless for 4wd tyres .They are designed for 22 inch tubeless truck tyres and have too much leverage for smaller and weaker tyres. The pivot points of the levers means the tyres would be stretched too much.If used carelessly they can damage a truck tyre fairly easily so would make short work of a 4wd tyre.

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Reply By: Member - Alan John C (WA) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 15:22

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 15:22
Luther have alook at a tyre plier kit come complete with all you need including operation manual, one thing that will make life easier is a quality rubber mallet for putting tyres back on with, also pay a visit to your local tyre man and pick up a decent size can of glue cause we found that the glue not always available due to local rules etc.

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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 23:35

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 23:35
Forget the rubber mallet. Too easy to damage the bead. Get a R&R Beadbreaker and make it easy for yourself and the tyres.

http://www.randrbeadbreaker.com/
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 18:15

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 18:15
I use the Mumme brand ones as per Darian's post.
I've seen a "made in China" copy (same shape and size) bend with not a lot of effort - it was useless.
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 23:53

Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 23:53
Hi ABL,
One thing I've noticed is the rim construction.

If you've got a lovely set of alloys you've got three choices,

1. Don't go near them with your levers.
2. Protect them with your life and precious little else.
3. Chips and chunks gouged out don't matter.

I've got tyre pliers and a well over 20 year old set of 24" Dowidat levers. I keep both items away from my Landcruiser alloys.

For bush repairs give me steel wheels anytime, be they well based with tubeless tyres or factory split rims. You've got to be a serious adventurer to damage steel wheels with terrain or repair tools!

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