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Unread 07-01-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
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How in the world do girls change tires?

Ok, don't bash me but........it dawned on me today after I got the rubi takeoffs on Monday - how in the heck am I supposed to change tires if I can't lift the darn things?

I rolled my little stock 29" with 16" wheels out of my jeep to stack them in the garage which wasn't too bad but now am thinking with these new wheels and tires I am not going to be strong enough to change a flat!

I go the Rubi's from my horse trainer who just bought a Rubi and put a 3" lift and 35" tires on it and I am looking at her thinking "she can't change a flat either!" I know she is strong but I seriously doubt she is that strong!

Have I bit off more than I can chew? You have to lift them at least some to get these to the lugs and all I can think of is sitting down - resting the tire on the top of my legs and push up that way but I don't think that is going to work either.

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Unread 07-01-2014, 11:00 PM   #2
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Don't worry--even burly men have a hard time with large tires. I've found that, if I jack the lug nuts to the perfect height in the garage, all it takes is lifting the wheel about an inch or a half inch to get it on the studs. I'd advise against putting any body part under the wheel, though.
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Unread 07-01-2014, 11:05 PM   #3
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Bring jack stands, so once you jack the body up use it to jack the tire.
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Unread 07-01-2014, 11:06 PM   #4
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Bring jack stands, so once you jack the body up use it to jack the tire.
Alright that was probably stupid.
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Unread 07-01-2014, 11:07 PM   #5
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You've got it right. Sit on your butt, slide your legs to each side of the tire and lift just a bit. Keeps yours hands free to move a bit to find the studs and your legs can obviously lift more than your arms could anyway. My buddy who used to change tires for a living is real good at it... I sometimes look like a moron while doing it. But it is really the easiest way.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 12:55 AM   #6
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Don't worry--even burly men have a hard time with large tires. I've found that, if I jack the lug nuts to the perfect height in the garage, all it takes is lifting the wheel about an inch or a half inch to get it on the studs. I'd advise against putting any body part under the wheel, though.
Good point on having body parts under the wheels

Need to remember that along with remembering that I have 4" of rain sitting on top of my tarp and drain that off before pulling back on the tarp and flooding out my jeep last friday.

The things you learn with a jeep
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Unread 07-02-2014, 12:56 AM   #7
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Alright that was probably stupid.
Not stupid but hard to follow...
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Unread 07-02-2014, 12:58 AM   #8
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You've got it right. Sit on your butt, slide your legs to each side of the tire and lift just a bit. Keeps yours hands free to move a bit to find the studs and your legs can obviously lift more than your arms could anyway. My buddy who used to change tires for a living is real good at it... I sometimes look like a moron while doing it. But it is really the easiest way.

I can follow those directions really well - thanks! My legs are super strong but my upper body strength sucks and well so does my back....my eyes.....you name it - I am getting old.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 11:09 AM   #9
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I'm fairly strong, but I struggle to lift my 37's when rotating my tires. I use the method describes above of sitting and lifting with my legs. The trick is to not jack the jeep up too high, that way you don't have to lift much to get them on. I'm happy to demonstrate for you sometime.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 11:12 AM   #10
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Don't worry--even burly men have a hard time with large tires. I've found that, if I jack the lug nuts to the perfect height in the garage, all it takes is lifting the wheel about an inch or a half inch to get it on the studs. I'd advise against putting any body part under the wheel, though.
Im not a burly man and I don't have any problems slinging around my 31's.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #11
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Unread 07-06-2014, 06:06 PM   #12
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I take the tires of my jeep all the time. Heck when I was fixing the rear drum brakes I took those tires on and off more times than I could count. My son-in-law wanted to know why I wasn't using the air compressor to take the lug nuts off and I told him I have done this so many times that I can get them off and back on faster than I can get the air compressor out and wait for it to air up. You do have to make sure you jack it to just the right height. And definitely be sitting to lift.

P.S. It's nice to have someone older than me around here now. LOL
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Unread 07-07-2014, 03:01 PM   #13
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I do the "sit and lift with my thighs and adjust with my hands" method. Yea, 37"s and beadlocks aren't the lightest set up, but it isn't too bad that way. I do a 5-tire rotation that includes my spare, so getting the spare back up to the carrier is a different story. I roll the spare onto my floor jack, balance it with one hand and jack it up with the other, then I lift it up to the carrier. Work smarter, not harder.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 05:12 PM   #14
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I have my spare in the back. My girls and I used to make jokes about putting the spare on the roof. We'd envision me climbing up to the roof to get it and then watching it roll down the street when I dropped it from the roof to the ground. LOL Hence why it's in the back and I can just lift it in place and bolt it in.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 06:28 PM   #15
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I'm about 100 lbs heavy and I do the sit and push with my knees/thighs thing. Worked for a while on a cargo trailer production line putting tires on all day, and no matter what I never had the upper body strength. The guys all laughed at me, but they never saw a girl who could change tires faster.
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