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Good one John. You know who makes those little tires don't you? The Keebler Elves.
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YEH Ernie,

I'm in the same boat, but it sure beats having to check the date codes on them little tires, my eyes ain't that good anymore and then getting that little bitty jack under their axles to change them out when the they are past their usable dates.
Yikes , Now we need to check the date codes on the Auto drapery tires.
Sorry MnM , we missed this item
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YEH Ernie,

I'm in the same boat, but it sure beats having to check the date codes on them little tires, my eyes ain't that good anymore and then getting that little bitty jack under their axles to change them out when the they are past their usable dates.
Thats what Good Sams road side assistance is for
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John,

There are date codes on these things?!?!

I got a flat on our Civic Hybrid yesterday. I had to chose between one of our old bus tires or one of the "new" drapery tires to put on it. You decide from the picture which one I chose. And, now you are telling me they have date codes?!?!

I think I am going to have a clearance issue with the Michelin.....
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Hi All,

We installed one set of the new tires. So, for those like us, who are not super mechanically inclined, here are a couple of things that helped:

1. Only one tire, the drive tire, needed replacing. The old drive tire, was seriously grooved, while the “tags” were dry and dirty, but not damaged. If your situation is the same, one set of replacements (3 tires) will repair three sets of drapes.

2. We heated the new tires in a hot cup of water to make them easier to stretch over the wheel. There is a reason the instructions tell you to cut the old ones off. The old rubber is brittle and thick and the wheel lip looks like it would be easy to damage.

3. I chose to remove the drive wheel and tire together by taking the c-clip off. I then cut the tire off the wheel on a flat surface. This also made it easier to slip the new tire on.

4. The Lightwood Inc installation instructions in our Blue Box made rethreading it a cinch. Let me know if anyone needs it, I’ll scan it and forward it to John. Interesting to see the typical installation has the drive unit mounted close to the floor, upside down from how it was installed in our bird.

It would be nice if there was a manual way of retracting the blinds. I was thinking maybe a drive shaft extension could be added by drilling a small hole in the wheel cover and a standard 6-sided bit end attached. This would allow operation with a simple cordless screwdriver. Just a though.

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How did you get the c clip out? I don't even see one on mine. How can you get some slack in the line? I sure like to see those instructions.
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Hi Kip,

The c-clip was easy to remove with needle-nosed pliers, in part because it was already damaged. I bought a few replacements at the local Ace Hardware.

The removal of the drive wheel provided the necessary slack to slip off and reinstall the line. Here is a snapshot of the installation manual and a couple of photos of the c-clip and the driveshaft after the wheel was removed.

Hope this helps,

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thanks Mike, those instructions helped. I got the new wheels on, but a couple of times last weekend the cord came off the wheels. I guess they have to wear some grooves in there to stay put.
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thanks Mike, those instructions helped. I got the new wheels on, but a couple of times last weekend the cord came off the wheels. I guess they have to wear some grooves in there to stay put.
The cord will come off the wheels if the cover is not installed properly; or too much drag on the drapes...like a pillow that is leaning against drapes.
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Thanks for the info. Called and ordered enough for our bird and I am sure your experience and pics will help me putting them on. Thanks
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