In this diy I'll be showing how I installed a tire onto a rim without the use of a tire machine. I don't recommend this method if you are installing low pros as you could end up damaging the rim and the bead of the tire. In my case, I used a 205/60R15 tire and I just wanted my tires installed on my rims for a test fit, so balancing wasn't required. If you are planning on driving long distances, get it done right at a tire shop and get them balanced. Bare with me, my photo bucket isn't showing up so had to attach all the pics at the bottom...
So here are the tools you will need: pliers, spray bottle with soapy water, rag, pry bar, compressor and air chuck, tire pressure gauge
Step 1: Cleaning. If you are installing used tires, clean the bead of the tire using a cleaning solution or soapy water and a rag, For used rims, you can use a wire brush on the lip to ensure you have a clean surface between the rims and the bead of the tire.
Step 2: install the new valve stem. This can be done using needle nose pliers by pushing it through with your hand on the back side and gently pulling and wiggling it through with the pliers. Be careful not to pull too hard with the pliers as you could damage the valve stem and cause leaks.
step 3: Lubrication. Use the bottle of soapy water to lube up the bead of the tire.
Step 4: With the rim sitting face up on the floor, push the tire onto the rim. This part is relatively easy and should pop right on. If not, you can follow the steps below.
Step 5: You will need to use your body weight for this one. The fatter you are, the better. Stand on top of the tire and push the bead of the tire onto the rim as far as you can. Next you can use a pry bar to pop the tire on the rest of the way. Pry it on inch by inch and use your body weight to keep it from popping off.
Step 6: Now we need to set the bead. Be sure to keep your fingers clear of the bead and for the love of all that is good, wear safety glasses. Start filling up the tire with air. As it fills up, the bead will "pop" into place. Then fill it to the desired tire pressure.
Step 7: check for leaks using the soapy water around the bead and valve stem. If you see no bubbles, you're good to go.
Again, I was only using this method for a test fit, and didn't want to spend $80 at CT for a 2 minute job. If you are planning on driving a lot on your tires, definitely get them installed and balanced properly.