So my ol '78 F250 has the original 16.5" wheels. I may eventually switch to 16 or 17" wheels, but the tires still have lots of life in them, so I’m trying to work with what I have for another two or three years. I’m wanting to refurbish these wheels, partly for aesthetics, and partly because two of them suffer severe pressure loss in the winter. In the summer they all hold pressure just fine, but once the temp drops below 40 or so, those two wheels can lose 15+ psi overnight. I’ll reinflate them, then the next day, bam they’re low again.
I’m assuming it has something to do with “shrinkage”, either of the ancient original valve stems, or of the shallow bead these .5"ers have.
I’ve got new heavy duty metal valve stems ready to put in, and I’m gonna sand and paint the wheels and then apply some bead sealer on the tire/rim when I remount them. I’m hoping that’ll stop or at least minimize the winter pressure loss.
My question is, how hard are these tires going to be to take off the wheel? From what I’ve read, because of the shallow bead, they’re actually a lot easier to dismount than regular tires. But how easy is easier? I don’t want to damage the bead or the rim, so I’m contemplating buying a tire spoon, or possibly going to tractor supply and getting one of those cheap DIY tire changers if necessary.
If any of you have done it before, I’d like to have your thoughts on it. What would be the best/easiest way? OUTSIDE of driving to a tire shop and having them do it- as the only vehicle I have that could haul all those tires/wheels at once is currently WEARING those tires and wheels.