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Product Safety Advice - ATV Wheels and Tyres

 ATV/UTV Tire-Mounting Safety Guide

CAUTION Read these Guidelines thoroughly before mounting tyres. 

WARNING

MOUNTING TYRES ON WHEELS CAN BE DANGEROUS IF IT IS NOT DONE PROPERLY. ONLY TRAINED PERSONNEL, USING THE PROPER TOOLS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT, SAFETY GLASSES, EARMUFFS AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, SHOULD ATTEMPT TO MOUNT TYRE AND WHEEL ASSEMBLIES.

  1. Carefully clean the wheel rim to remove all corrosion and dirt and check that the wheel is not damaged. Make sure that the tyre bead is clean and free of excess material.
  2. Using a tyre mounting lubricant, lube the tyre and the rim bead seat.
  3. Remove the valve core.
  4. Read the safety advice on the tyre - the tyre's maximum recommended tyre inflation pressure, Load rating and Speed rating.
  5. Use only a clip-on style air chuck with a long extension hose, remote filler handpiece, and an inflation gauge to monitor the pressure.
  6. safety cageThe tyre and wheel must be located away from all personnel. Something solid, such as a block wall or a tyre-mounting cage (see photo), must be between the tyre/wheel assembly and the installer.

    THE TYRE/WHEEL ASSEMBLY MUST BE OUT OF "LINE OF SIGHT" DURING THE INFLATION PROCESS. USE A SAFETY CAGE.

  7. Inflate the tyre until you hear the beads seats snap, or until you reach the tyre manufacturer's maximum recommended tire pressure.

    NEVER EXCEED THE TYRE MANUFACTURER'S MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED TYRE INFLATION PRESSURE.

  8. If the tyre beads do not seat, stop! Release all air. Repeat the process after checking the cleanliness and condition of the rim, the tyre and add lubricant. If the beads do not seat then, Release all air from the tyre/wheel assembly, and call to ask for advice.
  9. Once the tire bead is seated, disconnect the chuck, re-install the valve core, and adjust the tyre pressure to the ATV manufacturer’s recommended operating pressure.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES MAY VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

IF YOU CANNOT MOUNT THE TYRE, RETURN IT TO YOUR DEALER. NEVER TAKE SHORT-CUTS.

CHECK THE ATV MANUFACTURER’S MANUAL FOR OPERATING PRESSURES, LOAD AND SPEED RATINGS AND ADDITIONAL SAFETY ADVICE. 

Fitting ATV Utility Tyres

ATV tyres are not as tough as car tyres, they are designed for low speed. They are low pressure flotation type tyres.

Utility ATV tyres often have an extra tough bead and some have a thicker bead protection lip.

Here are a few guidelines in addition to the Safety Guidelines above:

  • We recommend manual fitting and NOT to use a machine fitting. Machine fitting can stretch or break the bead rings on small diameter ATV tyres. Carefully inspect and clean the wheel rim.
  • Make sure that you are using a correct "AT" size rim. Older rims may not suit some modern "AT" tyres.
  • Lubricate the rim bead flanges, right over the bead lip and the tyre around the bead and right over the protection lip prior to mounting. Carefully seat the bead. Some beads are strong and inflexible and take extra care to seat.
  • Do not overinflate the tyre to seat the bead. When you inflate the tyre, the bead may not always snap on immediately, you may have to leave it for a few minutes to snap on.
  • Always use a tyre fitting safety cage, especially if you need to use pressure closer to the maximum printed on the tyre.
  • Check that the tyre has fitted correctly and is in balance. 

Beadlock Mounting Guidelines

  1. Read the ATV/UTV Tyre Mounting safety Guidelines on Page 1 for general advice.
  2. Tyres should only be mounted to the Beadlock wheel using good tyre mounting practices and using acceptable tyre mounting equipment, designed for the tyre industry.
  3. Careefully remove the outer Beadlock Ring from the wheel, use a spanner, not an impact wrench.
  4. Use tyre mounting lubricant on the tire and on the wheel opposite the Beadlock to ensure a proper seat for the tyre.
  5. Mount tyre from the Beadlock side only. Mount the inner bead over the wheel like normal. Seat the tyre outer bead in the shoulder of the Beadlock inner ring on the wheel and center the tyre.
  6. Place the Beadlock Ring onto the tire and align the bolt holes with the inner beadlock ring.
  7. All bolts should be started by hand to avoid cross threading.
    Please Note: Impact wrenches are not recommended at any point during installation of the beadlock ring due to the possibility of over or under tightening the bolts.
  8. Tighten the bolts progressively in an orderly criss-cross pattern, a few turns at a time, to ensure even pressure on the beadlock ring.
  9. Tighten the bolts by hand to the following torque specs:
    ITP Trac-Lock front 4 ft-lbs, 5.4 Nm, Rear 8 ft/lbs, 10.8 Nm
    ITP Type 7 Beadlock 12 ft-lbs, 16.5 Nm
    Fury Beadlocks, 8.0 N-m.         Ask the dealer for other wheel types.
  10. The outer ring should be pulled down to meet the inner ring. The outer ring may flex to match the tyre bead.
  11. Inflate the tyre to seat the inner bead onto the wheel. Do not exceed the tyre manufacturer’s recommended maximum pressure for seating the beads.

If you have any questions during the beadlock installation process please contact your dealer.

Beadlock Wheel Maintenance:

Wash your Beadlock wheels after using them. Some riders use Beadlocks in harsh conditions. Check your wheels and Beadlock Retaining Rings for damage and check the tension of the bolts in case they have loosened or over-tightened.

Useful Information

ATV Tyres and Rims should comply with "AT" specification for off road All Terrain Vehicles.
The Tyre and Rim Assoc of Australia publishes technical Standards.

SAFETY ADVICE:
Look on the sidewall of your tyre for important Safety Advice from the manufacturer. Information normally includes the maximum load, the maximum and recommended operating inflation pressure
and a Code for the Load/Speed Rating example 50F. Always give priority to the printed warning data.
Remember that the safe load will vary as you change your speed and tyre pressure.

SPEED RATINGS: Tyres have a Speed rating on the sidewall
Example: Load Index 35 = 121 kg max load rating
40=140 kg, 42=150kg, 50=190kg, 56=224kg, 65=290kg

LOAD RATING: Tyre haves a load rating on the sidewall
Example: Speed Symbol F = 80 Km/h (Under specified service conditions)
C=60 Km/h, D=65 Km/h, J=100Km/h