Alloy Wheels and Tyre Pliers

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:43
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Am currently thinking of putting alloy wheels on our 4 Runner(currently steel sunraysia) and want to know the pros and cons of them.How do people get on changing them with tyre pliers(ie damage),is strength a problem(vehicle is used for touring,places like Cape York,Gulf,Tanami Track and next year Gibb River Road).The Alloy wheels i am looking at are CSA Highlanders.
Thanks All.
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:51

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:51
Nick,
I had alloys on my GQ and the Tyrepliers left marks, from what I've heard the R&R beadbreaker doesn't, I don't have experience using the Beadbreaker design but I'm going to be looking into it.Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: Member - David - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 14:12

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 14:12
Martyn and NICK,
If you already own Tyrepliers then this won't be much help, however, the R&R Beadbreaker is less effort to use and will not damage the rim (alloy) and most importantly will not damage the bead on the tyre, making it easier to re seat.

Cheers David.
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Reply By: Surf - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 14:42

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 14:42
I've got the R&R Beadbreaker, and you will mark your rims no matter how careful you are, however they sell special nylon protectors that fit under the tyre levers etc that are supposed to help. Cost me $30 from memory, yet to try them.
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Reply By: Phil G - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:56

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:56
A conventional jack or high lift jack used to break the bead won't damage the alloy wheel. I made an adaptor that slots in the square towbar that accepts the head of my standard jack to make it all easy.
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Reply By: Mike - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 11:23

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 11:23
I have changed tyres several times on my alloy rims, with tyrepliers. No problem. I haven't noticed any damage, but my Jackaroo is used for 4WDing not show, hehehe.

Happy trails, Mike.
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