Bear Tracker Tire Change
This is one of the most unusual situations I've ever run into, dealing with motorcycles and ATVs, in over 40 years. I have 2 Bear Trackers, a 99 Vintage and 2000. One difference is that the 99 has drum brakes on the front, the 00 has disc brakes. If you have attempted tire removal on an ATV, breaking down the bead is the most difficult part. I have a bead breaker, it is the type used on large tractor tires. Basically it clamps on to the edge of the rim, wedging between the bead and rim, and you use a ratchet to push the bead down off the rim, they are available through Northern Too, and run about $150, you can just search for Tractor Tire Bead Breaker, if you are interested. Anyway, I believe that in doing this I actually bent the rim, sufficiently, but not noticeably so that the rim doesn't clear the front calipers. They were free when they came off, but won't go back on and mount properly now. Tighten down the lug nuts and the wheel absolutely won't spin. To confirm that this is what actually happened. I swapped the wheels from the 99 model, the one with the drum brakes, the ones I hadn't changed tires on, and sure enough they mount up and spin freely on the 2 000. I think in the future, that I will leave ATV tires changes to the dealer. I believe I can use the what I can only conclude are the bent rims on the 99 model, I have made the swap, but haven't road/trail tested either so far. ????????