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When inspecting or repairing an automobile tire, it is really difficult to get the tire spread far enough to get to the inside of the tire. I have needed this tool for 50 years, but kept putting off making one until now. I could have bought a similar tool for $150 to $450 online, but since I am retired, I decided to make one from scrap steel from my junk pile.

Step 1: Supplies Needed

The 4 legged bottom of it is an old TV stand I repurposed, but I could have made it from angle iron or pipe

Various pieces of steel rod, pipe and a couple of bolts.

A welder of some kind. I used a MIG welder

An acetylene/oxygen torch for heating & bending rods

Step 2: Engineering It

The hook on the left side just hooks inside the bead of the tire.

The hook on the right is attached to a handle.

The handle pulls the hook, spreading the tire, extending on an arc, until it goes past center and locks the hook, holding the tire wide open.

Step 3: Finished Product

Cost = $0

Time to build = 2 to 3 hours

It is light enough to store about anywhere and carry anywhere.

It is strong enough to do the job.

I know, it's not all that pretty, but pretty does not get the job done and all my DIY tools are "one-offs".

If you need more photos, you probably should go to eBay or Amazon and shell out the $350.00 instead of making one. You can get a nice base for it for an additional $100.00. One that's pneumatic powered runs $1600.00. (plus S/H, of course) Still haven't convinced you? You say you can't make it? Sure you can, I'm 79 and I did.

This one is a great tool. I wish I had made it years ago. At least the grandkids can use it.

<p>awesome </p>
Excellent work, very impressed with this, great project especially for a beginner because you can make it as simply or as complicated as you would like
<p>Thanks <a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/michaelrobbutler/" rel="nofollow" style="">michaelrobbutler</a>. You are right about &quot;great project especially for a beginner&quot;. It's one of the simplest projects I've made, but it's use will be timeless. Here are 2 companion tools for dismounting and mounting tires. The first 2 pics show a 1&quot; x 2&quot; rectangle tube with a handle to break a tire bead loose from a wheel. It temporarily anchors on the frame of my shop for use and then dismounts for storage. A tab bolted to shop frame holds the top of 1x2 in place while being used.</p><p>The 3rd pic is a Freon tank with a 2&quot; ball valve used to blast air into a tire to force the tire beads onto the wheel. Don't try welding on Freon tank unless you are VERY confident of your welding skill. </p><p>Both really work good and were easy to make. </p>
<p>Pretty simple and yet really useful, very good project to share!</p>
<p>Thanks <a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/Stryderx/" rel="nofollow" style="">Stryderx</a>. I like projects that are useful, easy to make, and inexpensive. This fit all 3 requirements.</p>
Good job, Jack.
<p>Thanks Phil</p>
<p>This looks like a perfect homemade solution. I'm glad you shared this, thank you!</p>
<p>Thanks <a href="https://www.instructables.com/member/seamster/" rel="nofollow" style="">seamster</a>. I had intended to make a base like this one I made out of an old John Deere flywheel for a hose reel, but opted for the lightweight TV Stand to conserve floor space in my shop.</p><p><a class="hoverZoomLink" href="https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F3C/OCUM/IB2BN7OJ/F3COCUMIB2BN7OJ.LARGE.jpg" rel="nofollow"><img alt="DSCF0311.JPG" id="id_F3COCUMIB2BN7OJ" src="https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F3C/OCUM/IB2BN7OJ/F3COCUMIB2BN7OJ.RECTANGLE1.jpg" style="max-width: none;vertical-align: top;" title=""></a></p>

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