View Full Version : How to Remove Drift Tires from Aluminum Wheels?

2018.12.28, 11:24 PM
It was difficult to press on my narrow Kyosho drift tires onto my narrow Kyosho R246 aluminum wheels, I bent an aluminum Tamiya 4WD setup board in the process.

Is there a non destructive way to get them off now?

I have used Kyosho drift tires with plastic Kyosho wheels and have not had this issue. Not sure if the plastic has more flex or if they are of a slightly smaller diameter, never measured.

I prefer using aluminum rather than plastic to bash around the house.

Also open to opinions on how to re-mount in the future.

I can't be the only one that has encountered this issue?

2018.12.29, 10:02 PM
Id say try a heat gun as plastic warms easier than aluminum...hopefully with the right amount of heat you should be able to slide the rims right out.

2018.12.29, 10:15 PM
I was going to suggest boil some water, put the wheels in for a short time, and then try to pull the tires. If you can get a pipe with an inside diameter around 23mm, that should allow you to press the pipe over the wheel (while having the wheel on a shim of sorts).