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16" tubes?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by K204DR, May 22, 2013.

  1. K204DR
    Joined: Apr 5, 2008
    Posts: 98

    from Chatt TN

    got a set of 16" wire wheels, and a couple of them need new tubes. I'm curious if I can use motorcycle tubes, or if I have to pay more to get automotive tubes. the tires are 600 16's. obviously I can run downtown to coker tire but it looks like they run 50 a tube. that just seems a bit much. I also have a friend that works at a motorcycle place. probably $10 a tube there. what you think? want to get this thing where it will roll around so I can push it in and play with it now and then. thanks.
  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    you must be looking at radial tubes on the Coker site...bias ply tire tubes from Coker are about $16.00 each.
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  3. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

  4. There is a difference between tubes made for bias tires versus radials.

    As the radial tire flexes more than the bias, the radial tube "should" have:

    1. Different rubber compound
    2. Better (stronger) splice overlap
    3. Better (stronger) valve stem base
    4. Heavier gauge rubber

    Since the tube is the air container, I would run radial tubes in the bias tire.

    As the industry is primarily tubeless radial, most major mfgs quit tube production years ago. Find your Michelin dealer and get him to order them. If you get older stock, make sure that they're still bagged and check for cracking where the folds are.

    Also bike tubes may have the stem in the center of the tube's belly, and the auto tube stem is offset for the hole.

    Just my 2¢ from 35 years in the tire industry. Your results may vary.

  5. K204DR
    Joined: Apr 5, 2008
    Posts: 98

    from Chatt TN

    ok thanks, I'll check it out.
  6. flatout51
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,004


    I get my tubes at the local farm and home store. They carry firestone tubes and the prices are way better. And no waiting.
  7. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    [​IMG]Believe it or not I was at the Ocean city Md. show a few years ago and needed a tube.. Went to "Western Auto" What did I have to lose? The lady said yeah we have them. I was in shock but paid the lady and got to the gas station before it went flat again. :D I didn't even try Auto Zone.:D 16" bent spoke Kelsey's
    Last edited: May 23, 2013
  8. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Tubes bought from Coker for 4.50/4.75-16" bias-ply say "radial tubes" .. Have bought several and all say the same
  9. jkeesey
    Joined: Oct 12, 2011
    Posts: 652


    I get mine from Universal tire for around $15.
  10. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,523


    If you're running bias ply go to Tractor Supply, lots of tractors use 16's in the front.
    Joined: Dec 16, 2011
    Posts: 591

    from Oregon

    Radial tubes are thicker, better overlap, safer at speed. If you stay in town, run whats cheap. if you haul people or travel at freeway speeds, run what needs to be run. A blowout and smashing into someone or something is going to more expensive than the few bucks you are trying to save.
    Ok, off my soapbox
  12. bgaro
    Joined: Sep 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,189


    don't pay more than $15 for tubes. i also noticed on the coker website the tubes they are recommending for bias-ply are radial tubes. hmmmm. what gives coker.
  13. I'm down with the tractor places....ones I've bought have been made in the USA....and the better ones will carry 15" as well....
  14. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,523


    They have a LOAD of bad bias tubes, they tear like an old newspaper. DOn't ask how I know.
  15. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Yes, we just bought two tubes from Coker and they said radial on the sides. I called them because I thought they were the wrong ones and they said no, they sell those because they are heavier and last longer. I think they were also 15 inchers and we used them on 16 inch rims but they said that those were the right ones. I could be wrong on that last part though as my memory isn't what it used to be.

  16. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    I run 11.00x16 radials on my WWII Dodge. Radial tubes were not available in that size. I was advised to run 10.50x15 tubes (lowboy semi trailer tubes) with the advice that it is better to stretch a heavy-walled tube than run an oversized tube.

    I also know of some people running tubeless radials on vintage 16" wheels-that is a mistake. They can be made to hold air, but the rim is not meant to hold a bead. They can roll off going around a corner and cause real accidents.
  17. woodypecker
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 300


    I use tractor supply for tubes and have had good luck so far. And lots of other tractor parts for old engines.
  18. flatout51
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,004


    I have a friend that driving back from LSRU last year blew 2 of these "radial" tubes from coker .... Went to feldmans bought firestone tubes... Hasn't had another problem.

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