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 Post subject: Vulcanizing a Firestone
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:18 pm 
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I've got a 3 inch rip at the front side of one the bars on my stone . I've talked to a few tire places around the Louisville are without any luck. They say its to big to fix. Has anybody had one that big repaired and if so did it hold and who can do it. I appreciate any help, thanks guys!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:36 pm 
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I had a friend have one vulcanized at a place called C & M giant tire in Hazard Ky. might try them

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:40 pm 
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Mike,
I had the same issue with my bogger. None of the tire shops around me would fix the sidewall tear. I called a tractor trailer tire shop and they are going to send it to thier retread facility and patch it for $30. I drop if off on Thursady and get it back a week later.

I will let you know if it works out...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:29 pm 
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I've got a 1.5"x2" hole between 2 lugs. Auto Zone has a pack of 5" patches for$8 and a can of vulcanizing cement for $8. works well along with a tube so far. Grind the affected area with a high speed wire brush and follow directions well. I think those Louisville and Nashville folks need to come down here and finish getting up all the spikes after they took up the L&N tracks 45 years ago. lol My Gpa worked for L&N repairing tracks.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:00 am 
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Yeah Passat that's what I have been doing all summer without the tube but its finally starting to leak again, every time I try a tube I pinch it with the low air pressure. It hurts to throw away a stone with all its tread left. I'll call c and m today

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:43 pm 
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A narrow rim and a wide tire will pinch tubes. And the tire tread has a rounded shape causing less grip.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:16 pm 
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I have a set of 4 plys I spent countless hours cutting and shaping and cannot run cause the beads are chewed up and leak, and pinch tubes almost every time I tried to run them, I had 15" wide rims. Without a set of double beadlocks I can't run them. I would agree find a retread company they can probably do something

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:43 pm 
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It is imperative to put the right tire with the right rim for sealing , ground grip, no rim slipping, leaking, tube pinching, etc. Too tall of side wall will puke air out on a curve or slip on the rim so go to a taller rim. My 16"rims, 37 "tall boggers give me no trouble and a no slip lip grip.


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Sew 'stitch it' with thin stainless wire.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:36 am 
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Never thought of that, have you had any luck with it?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:47 am 
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I have seen a several inch slit in a side wall fixed with model airplane glue. Apparently it melts the rubber back together. I'm thinking if you combine this with patches it would be a fairly good fix.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:34 am 
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Anyone with beadlocks ever try "tire balls"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M91s2Q3aPmM

I would be willing to drill lots of holes for shraeder valves

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confident that this system works?

Here is an interesting thread for vulcanizing:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/general- ... epair.html


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:12 am 
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Mike try Parsley's in London .


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:50 am 
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I sure will , when are we gonna ride together again?? Its been awhile

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:45 am 
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Going to D&K 17th , Darrell having a Fall Field Meet (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater) maybe I'll see you there .


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:08 pm 
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Yeah I seen that, it sounds like good ole times!!!!! I'm gonna try to make that one,

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:23 pm 
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Just a update, Parsleys tire in London Ky took care of it for me, I going to pick it up Saturday on the way to D and k. Thanks for everyone's help!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:35 am 
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That's good to know!! I had a bogger that I tore the side wall up on and for years I had it stitched with safety wire and patched. It worked but was always a worry!

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