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    I was running in some extremely swampy and rough trail conditions last week moose hunting and I slammed my right rear tire bead off the rim in the bottom of a deep mud hole. I was able to raise the back of my Yamaha Grizzly 700 using a log and a stump as a fulcrum and a lever. I got my wheel removed and used a ratchet strap around the circumference of the tire to squeeze the bead back out to the rim. We had a plug in air compressor with us which re inflated the tire.
    I just thought that this is a good tip for everyone to keep in mind if this is ever to happen to you or anyone in your party.

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    This is great to share with fellow ATVers... And never leave home without a crap load of plugs... Been there, done that!

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    That actually happened to me last year as well. I limped it out, put some air in it, and scratched my head...

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    I aleays carry a can of ligter fluid just spray a little on the rim, the expanding gasses usualy gives me about 14psi. just don't use too much lighter fluid.
    fshrman

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    I have never used lighter fluid to seat a bead but I have used starter fluid a number of times on big truck tires. Have your compressor ready to pump the tire up and give the tire a small shot of starter fluid inside the rim and touch a flame to it. It would be possible to burn your machine up or start a grass fire etc. so this method is to be used very carefully. Make sure you start out with a small shot of fluid and if it doesn't seat you can always give it a larger shot the next time.

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