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Tire fitting

Post by DaveC » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:48 am

Any recommendations of good tire places that are experienced with wire wheels?

I have usually used Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica for sensitive work but they want $25 per wheel extra to fit tubes on wires, even with me providing the tubes. Before spending the extra $100, I thought I'd look for other recommendations.

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Re: Tire fitting

Post by tannyo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:54 am

Pico Wheel Service in Chatdworth, CA

(818) 982-0375

Though I don't know if they're going to be any less expensive.

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Re: Tire fitting

Post by Steve Simmons » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:40 pm

Pico is in North Hollywood I believe. Also Valley Wire Wheel nearby. Chatsworth Tire can also do tubes and wire wheels.

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Post by tannyo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:18 pm

Steve Simmons wrote:Pico is in North Hollywood I believe. Also Valley Wire Wheel nearby. Chatsworth Tire can also do tubes and wire wheels.
They moved to Chatsworth this year. They're at the north side of Canoga where it turns west. They lost their lease on the place in North Hollywood where they had been for over 20 years after the owner of the building passed away.

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Re: Tire fitting

Post by Jimmy » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:26 pm

Get rid of the tubes, that'll save frustration, time, and money.
I had good luck with silicone and tube bands (okay, tape) - or, use the real thing; windshield sealant.
In baseball, running into someone is apparently a "collision".
But doing the same thing in a car somehow makes it an "accident".

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Re: Tire fitting

Post by DaveC » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:11 pm

Thanks Gents.

Silicone and tube tape? I didn't know wires without tubes worked

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Re: Tire fitting

Post by tannyo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:38 pm

DaveC wrote:Thanks Gents.

Silicone and tube tape? I didn't know wires without tubes worked
Sure, I have Dayton tubeless wire wheels on my MGB. I believe you can also buy tubeless wire wheels from Moss.

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Re: Tire fitting

Post by Jimmy » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:40 am

Or, make your own. For much less money.
In baseball, running into someone is apparently a "collision".
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Re: Tire fitting

Post by Steve Simmons » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:14 am

There are two things that make a wire wheel tubeless. First is a sealer applied over the heads of the spoke nipples. Second thing is a "safety lip" on the bead of the rim. This lip is designed to prevent the tire from rolling off of the rim if rapid deflation occurs in a hard corner. For many years, and possibly still, tubeless wire wheels were not available in sizes under 5" because no one made narrow rims with safety lips. Whether or not these lips are necessary is an often debated topic.

I can see certain advantages of tubeless tires versus tubed, but personally I feel that the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages of tubes in these old cars.

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