Looking for shop to pull run flats out of some tires (Anywhere Irvine CA and south)

StackJ

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I have two older tires I am not going to use. I would like to save the run flats for future use. Anyone in SoCal (Irvine and south) know of a shop (other than Petes and Discount Tire) that I can call?
 

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06-03-20.Runflat2.jpgWhich type of run flats? Solid or the rubber donut?

The solid ones just unbolt. It takes a while, but they do come apart.

The donut ones I have had good success removing with a chain or 2" ratchet strap looped around it. Then put an engine hoist over the tire and hook onto whatever you looped around the donut. Start lifting. It takes a lot of pressure to get those things out, but they do come out.
 

StackJ

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Thanks all, the engine hoist idea is a good one. I have donuts. Last night I was thinking chain tire to tree, then chain to pintle.
 

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Calving is a good way of describing it. It does look like the tire is giving birth as you do this.

I would suggest not using a tree and a truck to pull them apart. There is a lot of energy released when they do finally separate. Maybe a tree and a winch since that is more controlled, but be ready to dive below the windshield.
 

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Calving is a good way of describing it. It does look like the tire is giving birth as you do this.

I would suggest not using a tree and a truck to pull them apart. There is a lot of energy released when they do finally separate. Maybe a tree and a winch since that is more controlled, but be ready to dive below the windshield.

What Tennmogger said AND packing blankets - one or two draped over the cable - would work great.

I’m going to try a simple ratchet come-along shortly when I swap tires on my trailer.

I’ll post pictures. Should work. Safety rope’s a GREAT idea.
 
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