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Old 02-15-2004, 12:44 PM   #1
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Is it true that removing 19" tires off the rims may damage the tires?

I was told or recommended to get new tires if I ever decide to get new rims. Reason being is that when you remove the 19" tires, there's a possibility of damaging them..so it's better to get new tires instead of reusing the old tires that I may have.
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Old 02-15-2004, 03:15 PM   #2
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If that were true, wouldn't they get damaged putting them ON the rims in the first place? I don't claim to know much about the tire installation process but it seems pretty self evident...please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:10 AM   #3
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Unless the tire installer botches up the job or used the wrong equipment, the tires will be fine..
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:08 PM   #4
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It's because I was told by a reputable tire performance shop that's been doing all my installs since high school and that was what he recommended. I guess they can't damage the rims, but when they pry the tires off it may damage the sidewall of it.
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Old 02-18-2004, 06:57 PM   #5
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yeah, i've had another shop tells me it weakens the sidewall as well. but if you are getting some top brand name tires, i wouldnt worry about it.
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Old 02-18-2004, 07:42 PM   #6
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Gary is correct. As long as the tech working on the tire is proficient, you should have no worries.

Look for facilities using the new Hunter machines. These machines are "high-end" friendly and do a wonderful job.
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