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Old 02-06-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default STI BBS rims - how to unmount tires to avoid paint chips?

I have two sets of STI BBS rims. One rougher set I use for winter. I got snows recently installed and the rims got few paint chips from unmounting the uber stiff RE70s that were on them.

I have another mint set I am going to put summers on. I want to avoid any paint chips/scratches.

I read the rims are reverse center drop rims, i.e. the tire should be mounted/unmounted from the back side of the rim?

I also believe there are these new fancy Hunter tire changer machines, but have not located one yet (in central NJ).
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:16 PM   #2
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Find a shop that knows what they are doing.. Eurotire in fairfield does a great job, but that may be a haul for you.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:31 PM   #3
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Find a shop that has techs that have a clue. Heck, take before pictures so you have proof that there was no damage and if there is after, have them buy you a new wheel.
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #4
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Tire Rack has a database of recommended installers. Just plug in your zip code and the nearest approved shops will come up. Look for one with a "touchless" machine (top lever that removes the tire doesn't actually touch the wheel).
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:21 PM   #5
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Find a shop with a touchless tire changer........only two in all of PA and i just happen to know the guy that owns one of them.......
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:46 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Robman7835 View Post
Find a shop with a touchless tire changer........only two in all of PA and i just happen to know the guy that owns one of them.......
Would you mind sharing that info? I'll be looking to have tires mounted shortly here, and I have been contemplating where to have it done?

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Old 02-06-2007, 11:01 PM   #7
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I work at Discount tire, I have dismounted many Sti wheels, I always do so wheel face up, all discounts that I know of use Heads thatare spaced out from the wheel. If you go to any discount tell them not to scratch the wheel, if they do they will refinish it or replace it for free. just my 2cents.
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