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I purchased a Dewalt 36" trigger clamp/spreader a few years ago when I was redoing the seats on some patio sling chairs. You can switch it from a clamp to a spreader in a few seconds. It is rated at 600 lbs of clamping/spreading force.

In the past I found breaking the bead one of the most difficult tasks on changing tires. I didn't want to spend money on a tire changer that would be just one more thing to clutter up the garage. Thought I would give the Dewalt trigger clamp a try. Glad I did, I was able to break the bead on my versys rear tire effortlessly in seconds.

This clamp/spreader has come in handy for lots of jobs around the house, just found one more!

DEWALT 36 in. X-Large Trigger Clamp-DWHT83187 - The Home Depot


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It still works quit nicely for a beak breaker if you cut it down a bit. or a lot
Of course it will not work quiet so well as a spreader any more.
 

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A couple pieces of wood is all you need to make a bead breaker.
I use to use an 8' 2"x6" jammed under a car wheel for leverage and a short 2"x4" to break the bead, it worked. But the dewalt clamp is a lot easier, takes up very little space and can be used for many other projects!

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A large C clamp will do the same thing. Also Motion Pro make a motorcycle specific, plastic chisel, for not much money, that you hammer in around the rim until the bead breaks.



If you never intend to ever use the tire again it does not really matter how you break the bead however some methods can bend and damage the bead if they put heavy force on a single point.
 

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I used a post-hole shovel. The radius of the shovel matches the radius of the wheel pretty well. But it still took a bunch of attempts to break the bead. Almost like they used some kind of adhesive at the factory to put the tire on.

A clamp or the plastic chisel would be portable for taking along while traveling.
 

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I used a post-hole shovel. The radius of the shovel matches the radius of the wheel pretty well. But it still took a bunch of attempts to break the bead. Almost like they used some kind of adhesive at the factory to put the tire on.

A clamp or the plastic chisel would be portable for taking along while traveling.
For travel and compactness, Motion Pro make tire iron kit where the irons fit together in a way that allows them to double as a bead breaker.

 
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