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Tube for Front Tire

Postby lyle11 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:11 pm

I am going to try to mount my front tires in a day or two. I have read the threads. Step 1 is to put air in the tube to remove wrinkles and make sure it doesn’t leak. The tubes I got hold air but is it normal for them to be this distorted? Seems like the rubber is thinner in some areas. I got it from Miller and, it is made in China. Would have it preferred getting them from TM, also foreign made, but I wanted to get the little valve stem bushing that keeps the valve stem centered in the bigger hole in the wheel and TM didn’t carry them.

I guess as long as it holds air it will work. I will probably be doing front tires on another Cub in the next year and got extra valve stem bushings. I trust TM to have good quality so I’ll try them next time, assuming I can get these mounted without damaging the tube.
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Re: Tube for Front Tire

Postby k hutchins » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:15 pm

Most tubes, even those made in the good ole USA will be slightly deformed when inflated. It shouldn't pose a problem when mounted inside the tire.
Why is there never enough time to do the job right, but always enough time to do it over. :?:

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Re: Tube for Front Tire

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:20 pm

Sprinkle some talc or baby powder around inside the tire before installation. Makes the tube slide better. After inflating the first time, let all the air escape, then reinflate. Helps the tube seat better without wrinkles.

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Re: Tube for Front Tire

Postby lyle11 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:27 pm

Thanks Stan. Bought my baby powder yesterday.

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Re: Tube for Front Tire

Postby lyle11 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:16 pm

I wanted to follow up. I mounted my old front tires with the new tubes 8 days ago and checked today and they have not lost any air. The tips on this forum were very helpful. The old Firestone tires were made in 2003 and 2005 but were in good shape. The rims were off the tractor. The rims were cleaned up and painted. I tried the garbage bag method but had no success. I used my 2 light duty Harbor Freight tire irons and a little bit of Murphy’s Oil Soap to help the bead slip over the rim.

Then I put baby powder in the tire and rotated the tire to get it well distributed. With one bead over the rim I inserted and put air in the tube with the valve stem core out. I did this 2-3 times filling it with air then letting it out. I felt all around the rim on both side to make sure the tube was not pinched. I carefully pried the bead over the rim using a little Murphy’s Oil Soap then filled the tire with the valve stem core removed. Then I installed the core and filled the tire. Probably overkill with all the filling and letting out the air multiple times but in about an hour they were both mounted and now 8 days later they look good.

One other thing, if you plan to install your own front tires or ever place an order with MILLER Tire, they sell little bushings for 30 cents that you insert around the valve stem to keep it centered in the larger hole. Makes it look cleaner and keeps the stem in place.

I don’t mind paying to get this kind of work done but it is hard to find a place that will do it, at least where I live. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for the tips and it feels good to get something done myself that I never would have attempted a couple months ago. I think I will do my rear tires also.

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Re: Tube for Front Tire

Postby wrz » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:40 pm

In Arizona the tubes will crack near the stem and start leaking if the bushing is not installed for support. Grainger sells them for around $18.00 /100.
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Re: Tube for Front Tire

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:04 am

If you only need the tubes they should be available at most tire stores and even Walmart.
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