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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 09, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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touchless tire mounting

i just got my new wheels in and they have a sticker on the mounting hub that say these wheels should only be mounted on a touchless tire mounting machine. not many places use a touchless machine and apparently using any other machine will void the warranty. now im pretty sure this is only to avoid scratching but im curious who else has run into this, did you just mount them on a standard machine or find someone with a touchless??
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 09, 08:49 AM
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Re: touchless tire mounting

In this day and age of "high end" wheels you shouldn't have a problem finding a touchless machine. Even the older machines have plastic covers that keep the mounting from being metal to metal.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 09, 10:10 AM
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Re: touchless tire mounting

I mounted mine by hand, a little lube and a buddy helping me they went on pretty easy. The back bead goes right on easy the outer bead is a little harder, we got most of it on then used a small pry bar with a rag on it.

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Re: touchless tire mounting

i thought about mounting by hand but the side walls are waaay to stiff.
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Re: touchless tire mounting

Find someone that is runflat certified if the can do runflat tires they can do yours without damaging the wheels
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 09, 07:26 PM
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I'd recommend finding a tire shop that has a road force balancer as well. A lot of places don't. This is the balancer that pushes a roller against the tire as it spins it. It identifies problems with the tire mount that can easily be fixed by turning the tire 180 degrees and rebalancing again without using a lot of weights. Whatever you do, find a good place, preferably an independent store not a chain. I normally drive 50 miles to my tire place of choice. Last time I decided to give the local large chain store a try. ( Hint, they may brag about a "Discount" ). They put two 1/4 inch divits on the inside of my aluminum rims. They told me that the mounting machine has to grab the rim somewhere. Never again. Pay the extra for the good shop even if its an inconvenience to get there.
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Re: touchless tire mounting

At least by me, most all modern shops, including Wal-mart, have "no touch" mounting machines.





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well i called a couple tire shops today and no one had this machine and recommended i call discount tire. when i called discount tire he said he had never heard of the machine and said they only use the clamp style
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Re: touchless tire mounting

Call your local shop equipment retailer and ask him/her what store has bought the machine you're talking about.

As a last resort, call either a GM dealer, Corvette wheels are the same, or your BMW dealer for independent retailer.

Might do a locator at www.tirerack.com

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what kind of rims and tires did you buy?
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Re: touchless tire mounting

"No Touch" isn't necessarly in every machines advertising brochure so the shops you are calling may have just not heard the term... Ask what they use to mount modern alum wheels without damaging them and maybe try asking for the machine brand and model when you call, then get online and google it...

Where are you located and what shops have you called?

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Re: touchless tire mounting

What Dennis said... The old machine clamped the wheel down, and spun an arm to push the bead down, the arm was removeable and did rub the rim of the wheel.

The modern machines have a giant clamp that comes down from above and pushes the tire down, and then they spin the rim. These do not touch the edge of the rim.





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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 09, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Re: touchless tire mounting

i live about 30 minutes south of dallas and ft worth. the wheels are billet specialties street lites. the problem is that everyone uses the style that clamps to the inside of the wheel i think what i really need to find is a shop that uses a euro machine that clamps to the front lip and mounts the tire from the back side.
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