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Removing foamed tires from skid steer rims

Discussion in 'Skid Steers' started by tmc_31, Sep 25, 2021.

  1. tmc_31

    tmc_31 Senior Member

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    Hey all, been awhile

    When I bought my latest skid steer about 7 years ago, I installed new tires and had them foamed. They have performed very well, land clearing, demo etc. No flats.

    Now the tires are wore out, tread ripped off in places, foam showing through. I think I have gotten the goodie out of these tires.

    Has anybody had any experience removing foamed skid steer tires from the rims? If so, how did you go about it? All suggestions will be appreciated.

    Tim
     
  2. Aarons81

    Aarons81 Well-Known Member

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    Cutting the tire off is the only solution ive found so far.
     
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  3. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

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    What I have seen in the past is people buy new rims and throw away the old ones. It's the bad that you get for the good that you got type of thing.
     
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  4. Nige

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    Pile the wheel assemblies up, apply about 5 gallons of diesel and ignite.
     
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    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    X2. Spend the money and buy new rims - you'll thank yourself later.
     
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    Or alternatively find an off-road tyre depot that has one of these............

     
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  7. Rob Gunn

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    I had to use a sawzall on the 4 that I did last year. Made 4 cuts from outside toward the rim (12 o'clock, 3, 6 and 9) but stopped just short of hitting the rim. Then cut parallel to the rim all the way around. I was then able to peal the old tire off the solid foam. The whole project started hard on the first one but got easier by the last...
     
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  8. John C.

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    How much time did it take you to do that?
     
  9. Rob Gunn

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    I think I got the last one done in around 20 minutes
     
  10. Birken Vogt

    Birken Vogt Charter Member

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    Neighboring company has a telehandler that wore out the tires, and they found the best solution was to have the remaining tread peeled and then retread the carcasses on the rims. Although the carcasses were not torn up since it mostly runs pavement.
     
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