Here's How To Mount A Tire To A Rim Using Explosives

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We do not advise trying this at home.

Whether you're driving a basic Honda Civic or high-end Bugatti Chiron, getting your tire connected to the rim is an important process that requires a few steps if you wish to maintain a safe connection to the tarmac. The best way to get this done is to visit a professional tire store with a specific mounting machine that ensures a snug fit that should prevent any air from seeping out.

However, there are instances where you may be stuck in the middle of nowhere with your car that has just had its tire separated from the wheel, for whatever reason. A YouTuber in South Africa has experimented to see if a tire can be reattached to the wheel using some serious but legal explosives.

Tristan Fourie/YouTube
Tristan Fourie/YouTube
Tristan Fourie/YouTube

After being inspired by a Tik Tok video, Tristan Fourie starts things by de-beading one of his spare wheels from its Michelin tire. He goes on to confirm that the explosive he has opted for is legally the biggest available in his country but to kick the experiment off, he warms the wheel up with a smaller set of firecrackers.

For attempt number one, after garnering his colleagues' interest, the group places a small stick in-between the rim and the tire and lights it with a blowtorch. In the haste of the motion though, the stick fizzles out and nothing happens. Upon a close inspection, they see that the explosive was damaged while rushing to get away.

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Tristan Fourie/YouTube
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So, they try again but this time they place the stick along the lining of the tire. The slow-motion footage shows that there is some movement when it sets off but it doesn't bead successfully. Before moving to the bigger one, they decide to try one more small explosive but again, the result is a failure.

Thus, they move to the bigger option which, at first glance seems to not fit in-between the rim and tire. After a quick deliberation, they manage to find a gap, light it up and quickly run away. This time, the operation is a success as we can see the tire become flush with the rim in the slow-motion footage. When the team inspects it, they are satisfied with the result and declare that it would be safe to inflate and drive with.

This would obviously be a temporary measure until you can get to a tire shop, and we don't recommend trying it at home, but it's cool to witness nonetheless.

Tristan Fourie/YouTube
Tristan Fourie/YouTube
Tristan Fourie/YouTube

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