Changing The Growler Tires

Wisky291

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Changing the tires on this was a long process... First, no tire company around here wanted to even touch this do to the beadlocks..Once I found a place to do it, It took them 45 minutes per rim to take off the tire..inside the rim is a huge rubber doughnut that was very hard to get out.. Putting it back together took them 30 minutes a rim.. The problem now is that it leaks at the beadlock ring.. The gasket looked good around the rim...Not sure where i can find a new gasket.. I might have to use some type of silicone.. Just thought i would share this...
 

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Oh no don't use silicone or you will never ever get the rim apart again for nail hole patches etc. There was a post in the Growler forum where someone asked about the O ring I recall. You MUST use new O rings or you will have leaks just like you are. The O rings in 16" sizes can be bought from McMaster Carr.
 

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Oh no don't use silicone or you will never ever get the rim apart again for nail hole patches etc. There was a post in the Growler forum where someone asked about the O ring I recall. You MUST use new O rings or you will have leaks just like you are. The O rings in 16" sizes can be bought from McMaster Carr.
Thank you very much...Big help
 

Wisky291

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Oh no don't use silicone or you will never ever get the rim apart again for nail hole patches etc. There was a post in the Growler forum where someone asked about the O ring I recall. You MUST use new O rings or you will have leaks just like you are. The O rings in 16" sizes can be bought from McMaster Carr.
Do you know the thickness of the o ring? And is it military grade. McMaster-Carr just asked me these questions..
 

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Do you know the thickness of the o ring? And is it military grade. McMaster-Carr just asked me these questions..
No I don't. I found the post I was thinking about, the O ring is 15", but no cross section is discussed. You will have to disassemble the wheel again to measure or there is also a new Growler forum unrelated to Steelsoldiers where someone may know. Maybe you can do the dismount next time by yourself. It is not very difficult.
 

Wisky291

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No I don't. I found the post I was thinking about, the O ring is 15", but no cross section is discussed. You will have to disassemble the wheel again to measure or there is also a new Growler forum unrelated to Steelsoldiers where someone may know. Maybe you can do the dismount next time by yourself. It is not very difficult.
Thank you.. I found where somebody was talking about it.. When I find out i'll post it..
 

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All of my off road rubber tired heavy equipment has O rings on the rims. You must put a new one in when you change the tires. If you run the tires at low pressures it eats up the O ring. lube them with the murphy soap they use when changing the tire.
 

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All of my off road rubber tired heavy equipment has O rings on the rims. You must put a new one in when you change the tires. If you run the tires at low pressures it eats up the O ring. lube them with the murphy soap they use when changing the tire.
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Wisky291

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Update on the o-rings for the rim.. You can buy them from "Hutchinson" The manufacture of the rim.. Part number is P/N 50021.. I'm having 8 shipped to me..
 
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Set-up for the ITVs, these wheels use a full-width (bead-to-bead) bead-lock insert and run-flat rib. I haven't had mine apart, but it doesn't appear there should be any O-ring issues needing lube. That said, it also wouldn't hurt anything to use it or preservative for the O-ring rubber.
 

Wisky291

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Set-up for the ITVs, these wheels use a full-width (bead-to-bead) bead-lock insert and run-flat rib. I haven't had mine apart, but it doesn't appear there should be any O-ring issues needing lube. That said, it also wouldn't hurt anything to use it or preservative for the O-ring rubber.
Thank you..
 
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