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Technical Classic Tire/Wheel question

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by donnymopar, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. donnymopar
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    I am working on a 24 Dodge hot rod project and have decided to go with the original 20" solid wheels. I was looking at new flaps and Universal tire and Coker want around $58 each. Has anyone used duct tape to wrap inside of rim instead of a flap. I have done this on my Harley spoke rimes and never had a problem (100k miles on the scooter - 6 tire changes).

    Thanks,
    Don
     
  2. 48fordnut
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    I have duct tape on a set of wires now. Seems to work.
     
  3. donnymopar
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    Thanks for the confirmation…I have used it on my Harley wires for the entire 100K with no problem.
    Maybe someone else will chime in as well.
     
  4. pasadenahotrod
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    Have had a set of 50s Chrysler wires with tires mounted in the 70s wrapped in duct tape with tubes on several different cars and now a Mullins trailer. Only flat I ever had was on the trailer when it picked up a rather large nail in 1990.
    Just bought a set of 50s Dodge wires , two with tires, two no tires. The no-tire ones have duct tape wrap.
    It works.
     
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  5. junk yard kid
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    i use electrical tape
     
  6. txturbo
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    I don't see what the point is with a solid steel wheel...
     
  7. Squablow
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    Damn. I was going to say no, but apparently I'm wrong. I've used electrical tape on bicycle wheels but that's about it. This is good to know.

    I did buy some Gorilla brand duct tape recently and it's super thick and gooey, would probably be ideal for this.
     
  8. Squablow
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    To keep the rivets from rubbing on the tubes, correct?
     
  9. txturbo
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    Ok.....if there are exposed rivets it makes sense.
     
  10. Pete Eastwood
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    Duct tape works well on drop center wire wheels to protect the tubes from the spoke ends.
    I believe your 20" Dodge wheels are split-ring, flat base, non-drop center rims.
    Flaps were designed for that flat-base type rim, ( both, disc center & wire spoke type ) to protect the tube from the inner edges of the tire, especially when mounting & dismounting.
    You may get away with out using flaps, but it's not recomended.
    Duct tape on a flat base rim just makes it harder to mount the tires and has no benefit.
     
  11. donnymopar
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    I wasn't sure since I never used these 1924 rims with a "split ring"…I just taped them up today. I will be having a guy down the way who has a safety gage, and has done old wheels/tires putting them on for me. He had said that the flap was the way he had always mounted them. I told him I always just used tape on my Harley wires with no problem.

    Thanks again guys for the help.
     
  12. donnymopar
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    Oops, posted a little too quick. Thanks for the heads up…since I already taped them up…we see if this does anything either way. I will be getting them mounted next week, we'll see if I need to take it off, if the tire man strongly agrees that I should.
     
  13. 3340
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    Yes I Have Used Duct Tape On Wires With No Trouble
     
  14. I used duct tape back in the 70's on a set of Buick wires before mounting the tubes & tires. HRP
     

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