Across the USA 2013 #5 (Ken-Tool)
We are moving quickly now. Hope you can keep up. After a relaxing visit and overnight stay at Reutter’s Roost B&B (probably gained 2 pounds), we headed towards Canada. An important stop along the way was Ken-Tool, the world’s leading manufacturer of tire service tools. Sometime soon, I’ll be doing a full post on our tire repair kit. For the most part, repairing a tire can be pretty straight forward, once you get the tire off the rim. Getting our 41-inch Michelin XZL MPT tires off our Rickson steel wheels was a serious problem.
Rock Tyson and Roger Kliskey met us when we arrived at Ken-Tool headquarters and showed us the step-by-step process using their T52 Bead Breaker, a T35 Heavy Duty Tire Hammer, and the T2006 Super Serpent Demount Tool. With T2002 Serpent Mount Tool and a pair of Aluminum Bead Holders, the big Michelin was easily slipped back on the rim. A blast of 120-psi air from our AccuAir 5-gallon reserve tank reset the bead and the Extreme Outback dual air compressors quickly re-inflated the tire.
Breaking down these big tires is still not easy, but with plenty of lube, now we know it’s possible if we have to repair a tire on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Having the right tools make all the difference.