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Old 10-18-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
itsatdm
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Rather than carrying a dedicated bead breaker, I carry this:
Motion Pro Assorted Tire Iron Set





A motion pro 16" tire iron. In order to get the curve of the iron closer to the bead I cut about 1/2" off the end and re contoured it.

The trick is to push down on the tire with the big iron and work a smaller iron on each side and pull up. A little lubricant really helps. Work around the tire. By the time I have gone about 1/3 the way, the bead is broken.

The added leverage of the longer iron makes it much easier and the curve aids getting the tire off the rim completely.

I carry all three irons, but 2 will do.
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