I have a Vulcan trike. It has a spoked rim on the front. That
means a tubed tire.
I want to seal the rim so I can run a tubeless tire. Various videos
show guys sealing
the rims with 3M Marine Adhesive sealant or even silicone. Any
thoughts about using
Flex Seal tape instead?
I don't remember the company name , but there is an outfit out there
that does this - they true the rim first and IIRC if they think the rim
is not up to snuff they will respoke it for you . That tape might be
good stuff , but I don't think I'd trust my life to it ... or why not
replace the rim with one meant for tubeless tires ?
The tubeless tire for the trike is a bit larger diameter than the
tire for the
spoked rim. I'd like to keep the original fender which is different.
like it's time for a tape measure to see how much space there is between
fender now. I haven't compared the other parts yet.
is handy. It's showing my current tire first then the one for a
I've been looking at Partzilla.com to compare things.
Dean, you've been posting on Reeky since at least late 2001. You've
read all the threads about fitment, and, while I'm not saying it's not
a good thing to revisit these memes from time to time -- just to keep
up to date so to speak, I'm saying it's plain we have nothing new to
talk about here w.r.t. motorcycling. For example, it's been plain for
some time that catastrophic decompression of the rear tire does not
necessarily result in immediate loss of control, while catastrophic
decompression of the front tire does. Now, there may be reasons to
risk it: conforming with fashion and style in chopped bikes, for
instance, which might lead you to choose rims and tires that are
less-than-compatible and even a little dangerous to use with any frame
geometry you could name. But saving money is not a good reason.
Replace the wheel with one designed to accommodate a tubeless tire.
Trying to seal a spoked wheel, designed to be used with a tube, is
going to become an exercise in futility. The first time you need to
adjust a spoke, the seal will break.
Also, most tubed wheels do not have the kind of bead required to
maintain an adequate seal for a tubeless tire.
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