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Thread: Reseting a tubeless tyre using Butane Gas.

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    Reseting a tubeless tyre using Butane Gas.

    Here's a sure fire method that Michael Olsen used to great success far too many times on their last trip. The usual disclaimer applies. If you use this method you do so at your own risk. (Don't try this at home kiddies!)

    Please note that this tyre is firmly secured to the spare wheel mount on the trailer while executing this manouvre.

    If you only have to re-seat one side of the tyre, use less gas then you would if reseting both. Remember that Butane is heavier than air and will pool in the bottom bottom of the tyre.

    1. Take the can of butane out of your little camp cooker. Place the nozzle from a can of WD40 (flyspray can, anything) on the very top.

    2. Take the valve out of the tyre but keep it and the 'supatool' handy at all times.

    3. Brush a little soapy water around the bead of the tyre and make sure that the bead and rim is clear of any dirt and twigs etc.

    4. With a packet of matches ready to strick and one out to light, spray the butane inside the tyre and then stand back, light the match and throw it. KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY from the bead.

    5. Tyre will expand onto the rim due to the expanding vapour ignition. The tyre will suck the displaced air back through the valve. Allow it to do this then screw in the valve, attach your compressor and get it pumping.

    One other piece of advice, if it does not go pop the first time, make sure the lit match that has fallen inside the tyre is out before you reapply the butane gas.

    haha....! It's an easy method and works well.


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    Wow, has anyone done this before?

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    A bit dangerous but very effective by the looks of it. Never done it myself but will keep it in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NissPat View Post
    A bit dangerous but very effective by the looks of it. Never done it myself but will keep it in mind.
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    seen it done when one bloke in our group driving a 44" dodge ram 3500 almost lost the hole tire of the wheel. and after 20 minutes digging in the snow there was finally enough space to do this trick. otherwise the car would have been stuck in wasteland

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    Airoguard or Rid works just fine too!!

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    yeah i have seen my dad do it a few times on truck tyres. it does work well but i have never really had a problem with the smaller car tires.

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    and if ya stuck, ya can use VEGEMITE to seal the bead, done it and works well.

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    I have done it with butane and aerostart. Don't use too much, two little one second squirts is more than enough. Biggest thing is if the tyre has been laid flat on the ground - it will jump when the butane ignites. the tyre should be balanced with a log/stump under the rim section so that it won't move when the bead reseats.

    Works well - better to use too little than too much.

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