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A Guide to Changing ATV Tires


Changing ATV tires is an important part of maintaining your vehicle. For the semi-handy individual, most of the tools you'll need can be found in your home or garage. It is important to exercise caution at all stages of power vehicle maintenance, and if you are not confident, we recommend you seek assistance from a professional.

Before proceeding, consult your ATV manual for model-specific instructions. 

Tires Off

Using a socket wrench, detach the wheel. Carefully remove the valve stem to deflate the tire. Break the seal using a bead breaker tool. Tip: To slide the tire off easily, fill a spray bottle with a mix of soap and water. Spray along the area where the tire and rim meet. 

Wedge the end of a tire iron or tire spoon between the rim and tire to aid in leverage, enabling you to pull the tire over the edge of the rim. Insert another spoon in the gap and slowly work your way around the edge by pressing the irons/spoons in opposite directions. 

Start by detaching the ATV wheel using a socket wrench that fits the nut. Then remove the valve stem to deflate the tire and break the seal using a bead breaker tool. Fill a spray bottle with a mix of soap and water and spray along the area where the tire and rim touch so the tire will slide off more easily. Wedge the end of a tire iron between the rim and the tire. Once you get enough leverage, pull the tire over the edge of the rim. Insert a second tire iron or spoon in the gap next to the first one and slowly work your way around the edge by pressing the tire irons in opposite directions.

Continue until you can loosen the rest with your hands, spray soapy water on the remaining area in contact with the rim. The tire should slip off when you maneuver it. 

Tires On

Spray the inside of the new ATV tire with soapy water to help it slide onto the rim. Using a rim protector between the rim and tire, use a tire iron or spoon to pull the rest of the tire onto the rim. Slowly fill the tire with air. When the air fills the tire and seals it to the rim, you will hear two-pops. Upon the second pop, stop. Replace the valve stem core and inflate to proper PSI. 

Always use caution and when in doubt, seek a professional. Be safe, and enjoy your ride.

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