RC FAQs: How To Remove A Tire From A Rim by Squirrel

How to remove your tires from the rim!

I see this question a lot and thought that I would tackle it. The question is how to remove the tire from the rim and if the tire is salvageable afterwards. If done right, usually you can re-use the tire and the rim as well. Removing is easy to do.

There are no smells associated with the removal however there is a BURN HAZARD. You will want to be very careful of the hot water or temperatures associated in doing this conversion. You could burn your skin on either method. You will want to use a thick pair of rubber gloves and to rest when the temperatures start to get too high for your hands or you.

There are two methods. The first one presented is boiling and the second is baking.


The boiling method is pretty straight forward. You will want to get a pot of boiling hot water. When the water starts to boil then you will want to place the tire into the pot of water. The advantage of this is that you can concentrate and penetrate the heat. The negative side is that if, and it will happen, water touches the foam then you will want a new set of foams. For most, if you are doing this, then you are replacing tires and foams are apart of the tire set normally.

With the tire in you will want to let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes at a time and per side. After this time period, lift the tire and the heat will deactivate the CA glue.

DO NOT FORCE THE TIRE OFF!!! Forcing will tear the rubber and it will damage the tire. If you want to salvage the tire, or spend less time scraping the rim for re-use, then push the tire off and do not force it.

If the tire did not remove all of the glue then you will have to resoak it and also resoak for the opposite side. Remember that are pieces of foam inside the tire and that they will absorb the boiling hot water. If you have to repeat any step then the chances of getting burned increase. WEAR PROTECTION AND PERFORM THESE STEPS IN MATURE MANOR, UNDER SUPERVISION IF NECESSARY, AND AT YOUR OWN RISK![/n]


This method is my preferred method and is the easiest by far. It does get hot but it is a dry heat over a wet kind of hot.  This also does both sides of the tire at once and the chances of getting burned are less. Its not as focused of a heat, but if you are trying to preserve everything, then this is the best way to go.

For this one you will want to place the tire on a cookie sheet and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

With the oven warm, place the cookie sheet in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. I do mine for 10. The rim will not melt. There are no smells associated with this.

With the rim removed then push the tires off of the rim while wearing gloves or something over your hands as the rim will be hot. Do not pull on the tires as that will rip the tire.

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