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Got an email today, my rear cargo box and trail bag are in so now I can get all my crap loaded and head to West Virginia to give the Ace her first big test. Just a question on tire pressure. On my Can Am I ran Pit Bull tires and ran 5lbs of air pressure. The Ace sticker say's 7lbs, I know you adjust for your on comfort but pressure do so of you run. I've dropped them down to 6 but it still feels kind of bouncy. These are the stock tires, has anybody tired running lower air pressure and did you have any issues. Just curious.
 

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I ran 6 lbs. of air in ours and wife blew a rear tire out on the trails but then again it was in the cold so I bumped them up to 12 lbs. now and will probably let them back down to 7 lbs. when it starts to get warm out again!
 

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Blew the tire out? Do you mean unseated it from the bead, or something else?
I went straight to BigHorns which I am running at 5lbs, so I can't really say regarding the stock tires except this:
On soft dirt run them lower.
On hard-packed, sharp rocky stuff run them higher.
 

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Blew the tire out? Do you mean unseated it from the bead, or something else?
I went straight to BigHorns which I am running at 5lbs, so I can't really say regarding the stock tires except this:
On soft dirt run them lower.
On hard-packed, sharp rocky stuff run them higher.
Sorry about that...It became unseated from the bead but it was still was a tough job getting it out of the trails. Like they say, you learn something new all the time!
 

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Sorry about that...It became unseated from the bead but it was still was a tough job getting it out of the trails. Like they say, you learn something new all the time!
I carry a ratcheting tie down strap and air pump in the cargo box for such occasions. Never had to reseat my own bead, but I have used it to help others.
 

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We tried to reseat it once we got it back to parking lot but we had to take it into town to a shop that had a lot more air pressure to seat it. Was back out in the trails right after that then!
 

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Was it the extra pressure that enabled them to seat it, or the faster air flow of their machine?

Some shops have this impressive gadget that they pump full of air, hook up to the valve stem (minus the valve core), and it slams an amazing amount of air into the tire all at once, pushing the rubber outward and seating the bead.
But even with this gadget, sometimes they have to use a strap when the rubber is warped.

With a ratcheting strap, you run the strap around the circumference of the tire and ratchet it down, which pushes the sidewalls toward the bead. Once you have it tight against the bead, even a slow $20 Slime 12v pump will be able to pop the tire back onto the bead. It just takes a while. But far less time than limping off of the trail and trailering to a shop.

You just have to remember to release the strap as soon as the tire starts to hold air so the strap doesn't explode.

Here's a video of someone doing it with a small tire. Took me a few minutes to find a video that cut to the chase instead of featuring some dude talking for three minutes before then showing 15 seconds of strappage and cutting the action too much.


Some guys use ether or brake cleaner and a long BBQ lighter to pop the bead back on. Scary, but effective.
 

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It was the extra pressure that did the trick. We tried with the ratchet strap but we only had a small pancake air compressor and it just did have the extra kick to seat it.
 
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