Ken-Tool introduces Sidewinder tire changing tool set for 17.5-inch tires

Ken-Tool says its new Sidewinder kit applies high leverage to separate the wheel and tire.
<p>Ken-Tool says its new Sidewinder kit applies high leverage to separate the wheel and tire.</p>

Ken-Tool Corp.’s latest tire changing tool set, the 17.5 Sidewinder Kit (35459), is a single part number with five unique tools designed to demount and mount 17.5-in diameter truck tires.

The company says the new Sidewinder kit allows a single technician to quickly service these difficult tires and wheels.

The kit features the patent-pending 17.5 Sidewinder Demount Tool (35455) which revolutionizes the way the tires are demounted, by applying high leverage to the wheel and tire to separate them. Technicians use their weight to keep the wheel and tire assembly from lifting off the ground, according to Ken-Tool.

The demount tool is used in conjunction with the Gap Tool (35456) to create an opening between the wheel and tire bead to easily insert the demount tool. The Gap Tool also has a spooned end to provide added “bite” for easier mounting when regular tools may be too thick to be inserted.

For mounting 17.5-in tires, the kit’s new 17.5 Sidewinder Mount Tool (35457) and the newly designed Bead Holder (31715) deliver maximum leverage and prevent slippage for increased efficiency.  The included patented Leather Rim Protector (31810) keeps the tools from possibly marring alloy or chrome wheel surfaces.

The 17.5 Sidewinder Kit is priced at $349.95 (MSRP). It weighs 22 pounds, and is UPS-shippable.

To view a demonstration of the 17.5 Sidewinder Kit, visit Ken-Tool’s YouTube channel.

For more information about these and other professional tire-changing tools from the Akron, Ohio-based company, visit www.kentool.com

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