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Re: Wire wheel tube protection thingy

To: Larry Hoy <>
Subject: Re: Wire wheel tube protection thingy
From: Phil Bates <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 11:13:55 -0700
On a related note, the endo of the spokes on the center can leak the grease 
that people put on the splines to keep things from seizing.
If one wants to go to the effort, they can spread silicon on the spoke ends to 
seal that up too.  Just be sure to do it before the wheel
is balanced.  This helps some with cleanliness, but they never stay very clean.

Larry Hoy wrote:

> I guess I gotta comment.  I have wire wheels on my MGB.  I've run them for 
>about 4 years and don't use any duct tape, electricians
> tape, or rubber bands; heck I don't even use tubes.  What, you say?  No 
>tubes?  Nope.
> I have newer Dayton wheels, when I purchased them I was able to specifiy 
> So how do they do this?  They use what looks like silicone.  It is applied 
>very liberally to the inside of the wheels over all the
> nipples.  It is done so uniformly that it appears to be done by a machine.  
>It does not cover the part of the rim the tire seats on.
> No flats, no leaks, no tubes.
> I have similar wheels on my Jaguar.  One of those wheels broke a spoke.  I 
>took it to a wheel shop.  He re-laced, and trued the
> wheel, then re-applied silicone (by hand) and it has worked just fine.
> I don't know if this will work for an old MGB wheel.  But someone might want 
>to give this a try and report back to the list.
> Larry Hoy
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: []On
> >Behalf Of Larry B. Macy
> >Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2001 6:34 AM
> >To: Barrie Robinson; MG List;
> >Subject: Re: Wire wheel tube protection thingy
> >
> >
> >My fairly recent experience was to use electricians tape. I got that advice
> >from the list. I got new bands and they didn't help. Still had a flat after
> >about a month of driving. The bands fit the center groove but not over the
> >spoke nipples on the shoulder. That is where I was getting the wear on the
> >tube. Electricians tape fixed it.
> >
> >As to how long it will last???????????????????
> >
> >Larry
> >
> >On 1/18/01 2:43 PM, "Barrie Robinson" <> wrote:
> >
> >> Has anyone harbour experience using duct tape wrapped around wire wheels as
> >> protection against the tube chaffing?  I have been told duct tape is better
> >> than using the rubber thingys that they used in the past - (available from
> >> Victoria British????)
> >>
> >> Regards
> >> Barrie Robinson
> >>
> >>
> >
> >Larry Macy
> >78 Midget
> >
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> >
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