Propane Tank Bead Seater Build

What is a Bead Seater?

 

A bead seater utilizes an air tank and large valve to store and release large volumes of pressurized air very quickly. Because most modern-day tires do not utilize inner-tubes, if the bead of the tire isn't fully seated against the rim, it can be difficult to pressurize the tire.

Utilizing a bead seater, in conjunction with shop air at the valve stem, most stubborn tires will successfully take a seat. Having mounted many difficult tires over the years, we feel the bead seater is the safest and most effective way. Aerosols and ratchet straps have their place, but if you have the tool, use it.

Why we built one.

You can buy a good bead seater starting at around $75. We built ours for about $50. The large ball-valve carried the bulk of the cost. We could have bought a seater, but building one was a lot more fun and satisfying. 

"Why pay someone to do something you think you can do yourself?" 

             - MasterJacks slogan

Materials:
  1. 1-1/2" x 12" pipe (threaded)

  2. 1-1/2" brass ball valve (threaded)

  3. 1-1/2" x 6"  pipe (threaded)

  4. propane tank (empty)

  5. 1/4" male air hose fitting (match to your air fittings)

  6. 1/4" Female x Male NPT Mini Brass Ball Valve

  7. 1/4" NPT brass female TEE fitting

  8. 1/4" NPT air pressure gauge (0-160psi + )

  9. 1/4" NPT x 2" male connector

  10. teflon plumbing tape

Tools:
  • pipe wrenches

  • drill

  • 1-7/8" bi-metal hole saw

  • wire brush angle grinder

  • welder

  • wrenches

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