Should I buy new tire tubes?

Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:42 am

I'm ready to put the new trailer tires on my front wheels... The wheels are in great shape, although rusty on the inside, with a fairly thick "scale" that came off with some wire brushing. I used wood clamps to break the beads (and a little tapping with a sledge, but not much.)

My question is - should I replace the tubes? They both hold air OK, but they also both have rust scale stuck to them, and I'm hesitant to "pick" it off, it's stuck pretty good... Seems like it would wear through them after a while?!

My guess is that it's one of those "while you're in there" kind of things!

Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:50 am

Exacty! I would do it now, cause if you don't, murphys law will say you have to re-break those beads next week. LOL

Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:51 am

Since tubes are reasonable, I'd save the hassle and change them now.

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:21 pm

I agree, change them. Age is normally what gets to tubes.

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:41 pm

Allenlook, you said you didn't have time to fix up your new toy, I thought you were lookin to find someone to do all this fun for you. You have it now :!:

You might want to spend a little more time on the wheels now instead of later. I know you will have everything else in "it" (..Still no name :?:) done correctly.

Go with tubes.


Time, time...

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:03 pm

Well, it's takin' more time than I got, but at least it's therapy. I'm saving a ton on psychologist bills :D:D:D

I named "it" on day two, "Jay", to go along with the J on the serial plate... I just wanted to be cool like the rest of the guys who had names for their tractors :D:D:D It's in my signature line, but maybe it's not self-evident.

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:07 pm

When I bought new trailer tires for the front a year or so ago, and the tire shop guy pulled out the old tubes, they looked pretty awful (rust, patches, etc.). He asked if I wanted to go tubeless; I said sure. I've had no problems since.


Mon Aug 23, 2004 2:07 pm

Can I do that? What about on the rears? It'll be another weeks long ordering experience otherwise :shock: :evil: :( :x :roll:

Re: Tubeless...

Mon Aug 23, 2004 6:20 pm

allenlook wrote:Can I do that? What about on the rears? It'll be another weeks long ordering experience otherwise :shock: :evil: :( :x :roll:


Ther is a saying that has to be almost as old as man.

New tubes are worth the wait do it now and you won't look back and say
%&*#@$%& wish I put in the new tubes.

Mon Aug 23, 2004 6:37 pm

allen, you can go tubeless on the front, but the flanges (where the tires seat) will have to be rust free and smooth, likewise the area around the vlave. Never know anyone to try it on the rears.

Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:54 pm


I have run my extra two sets of front tire rims through the electolysis tank, washed them then cleaned em up with a twisted wire cup brush. Even though they are CLEAN and down to bare metal, there is no way they are going to allow a tire to seal well enough to go tubeless.

Do yourself a favour. BUY the new tubes. For what little the tubes will cost you, it is well worth the price to save a lot of aggravation, frustration and some very BLUE air :)

Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:39 am

Well put, Rudi! There is no "buyer's remorse" in replacing inner tubes today unless you run over a nail tomorrow.

Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:11 pm

Oh, come on guys.... Try tubeless, and you'll never go back to tubes!! :)


Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:46 pm

Have you ever used Slime or Fix-a-flat instead of patching a tire?

With these low-speed tires I'm not so worried about flat tires, but I ordered 4 new tubes from Miller Tire today just in case.

Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:58 pm

I have used slime in tubeless lawn mower tires and it worked good, but rusted the rims. The original slime would disolve the seams in inner tubes, but they are now making a version for use in tubes.