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How To Change Tires On An ATV

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Your ATV's tires are its connection to the terrain, making them a crucial component for optimal performance and safety. Whether you're replacing worn-out tires or switching to a different tread pattern for specific conditions, knowing how to change ATV tires is essential for any ATV owner. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of changing ATV tires step by step.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before you begin, gather the necessary tools and materials:

  • ATV tire changing stand or suitable workspace.

  • Tire irons or tire spoons.

  • Valve core removal tool.

  • Lubricant (preferably a tire mounting paste).

  • Compressed air source or ATV tire inflator.

  • Replacement ATV tires.

Step 2: Elevate the ATV

Position your ATV on an elevated tire changing stand or a secure, stable workspace. This step ensures the ATV's weight is off the tire you intend to change, making it easier to work on.

Step 3: Remove the Valve Core

Using a valve core removal tool, carefully remove the valve core from the tire's valve stem. This step releases any trapped air and makes tire removal easier.

Step 4: Break the Bead

The bead is the edge of the tire that seals against the rim. To break the bead, use tire irons or tire spoons to pry the tire away from the rim on both sides. Work your way around the tire until the bead is completely separated from the rim.

Step 5: Lubricate the Tire and Rim

Apply a generous amount of lubricant, such as tire mounting paste, to the tire's bead and the rim's edge. Lubrication helps reduce friction and makes tire installation and removal smoother.

Step 6: Remove the Tire

With the bead broken and lubricated, use your tire irons or spoons to carefully pry the tire off the rim. Start at the opposite side of the valve stem to avoid damaging it. Work your way around the tire until it's entirely off the rim.

Step 7: Install the New Tire

Place the new ATV tire onto the rim, aligning the bead with the rim's edge. Ensure the tire's rotation arrow points in the correct direction for forward motion. Use your tire irons or spoons to carefully work the tire's bead over the rim.

Step 8: Inflate the Tire

Once the tire is securely on the rim, use a compressed air source or an ATV tire inflator to inflate it to the recommended psi (pounds per square inch) as specified in your ATV's owner's manual.

Step 9: Reinstall the Valve Core

Reinsert the valve core into the valve stem and tighten it securely. This step ensures the tire maintains proper inflation.

Step 10: Check for Leaks and Balance

After inflating the tire, check for any leaks by applying soapy water to the bead and valve stem. If bubbles appear, there may be an air leak that needs addressing. Additionally, consider having your ATV tires balanced for smoother rides and reduced wear.

Step 11: Lower the ATV

Carefully lower your ATV from the tire changing stand or workspace, ensuring that the ATV's weight is evenly distributed on all tires. Changing ATV tires is a skill that, when mastered, can save you time and money on tire replacement and maintenance. However, if you're not confident in your abilities, it's always recommended to have this task performed by a professional mechanic or ATV service center to ensure your safety and the longevity of your tires.

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