Splitting Tire Rims
This is one of the more common questions in the scooter world: "How do I get my @#&! tires off the @#&! rims!?!?!" Here is a method tht I have used successfully on a set of rusty lambretta rims (It's the same for any Vespa or Lambretta Rim). Start by removing the tire from the bike. The tire is retained by five nuts that are identifiable by their connection to the hub itself. Prop the bike in a stable position and remove the nuts and lock washers. Pull the tire away from the bike and follow the procedure to remove the tire. Two people are pretty essential to getting this done right. Do NOT be tempted to use a solvent/lubricant like WD-40 on the rubber no matter how tough the job gets. WD-40 and the like are pretty agressive on rubber surfaces and may damage or weaken the tire.Tools & Parts Needed
Two sticks of 3/4" X 1 1/2" X 18" wood (pine)
Tire deflation tool usually on back of pressure gauges (or a screwdriver)
13mm Deep Socket Ratchet
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