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Old 09-03-2005, 11:39 PM
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My wire rims leak when I use tubeless tires.

I recently purchased a Model T that was converted to a hot rod in the early '70s. It has after market Corvette knockoff wire rims that leak if I try to use tubeless tires, ie, I must use tubes inside the brand new tubeless tires I just purchased. Is there any way I can seal these rims from leaking or must I buy new knockoff rims or change the whole wheel configuration to accommodate more common modern rims? Thank you for your suggestions and experience.

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I've never heard of true wire wheels of any kind that you could run tubeless tires on. Maybe it's possible but I can't imagine how they would do it. Tubeless tires are not tubeless if the rim has leak paths and wire rims have dozens of leak paths by design.
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As usual, Willys has the straight scoop. My neighbor collects and rebuilds original model A's and he was showing me just a few days ago how the original wire rim wheels and tires are put together. Not only do they run a tube but they also run a 2" wide rubber "band" around the inside of the rim to protect the tube from the welds that hold the wire nuts to the rim. For your purposes, maybe some vette guys can provide a little more insight as to how those rims are supposed to be set up - or if you know who made the rims, contact them.
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wire wheels

I work in a tire shop and work on these kind of wheels under the table, as no tire shop in my area will work on them. You can take it to a shop the works on wire wheels and tell them to run a bead sealer under and on top of the ''rubber band''. This works most of the time but no tall of the time. If you cant find a shop that works on them Some will do it after the bosses leave for cheap .
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most wire wheels have a wide bead of silicone on the center where wires are. the last vintage wheels i got where powder coated and the center had about a 1/2 in of silicone on it. never leaked.
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Why not just run tubes?With the tube protector in place,you won't have any problems,as long as you use radial tubes with radial tires.If you don't like the stems on the tubes,you could drill the hole on the backside of the rim to hide it and use a better looking stem to fill the hole iin the front.Just make sure the stem will clear brakes,etc in the new location.

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My wirerims leak

Thank you all for your very interesting comments. I will try the silicone on the inside trick as the opportunity presents itself. Thanks again.
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