Are the days of air-filled tyres numbered?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:21
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Spotted this interesting article that shows a future possibility. Wonder when they will be available for the Prado???!!!

Article in drive.com.au. How to re-invent the wheel.

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:31

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:31
I want four please, but how do I let them down for sand use? Or would I need a different set?
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:33

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:33
Now that is a damn good question!
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:34

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 16:34
I can remember an airless tyre that sold here years ago for 4WD's. I tried to find it again, but can't. If memory serves me correctly (it probably doesn't) I think it was called the "Crocodile". Looked very tough... don't know what it's problems were though.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 17:34

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 17:34
I remember the crocodile tyre. does that make me old or learned?

My recollection was the ride want too crash hot
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 17:17

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 17:17
What is interesting is....... is the passage that reads ...... "as well as the costly air-pressure monitors that will soon be required on new vehicles in the US."

nuff said....

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 17:36

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 17:36
reckon these things would pay for themselves outback, it'd be better to know youre 20%down on pressure than 90%down, the latter tends to stuff tyres
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Reply By: glenno(bris) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 22:11

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 22:11
I just carnt picture them on the troopy . Fred Flintstone mobile comes to mind . Maybe they will look alright . LOL
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Reply By: Member - Peter (on the move) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 01:10

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 01:10
Very interesting article.......a low speed version of this is available now.

They are usually fitted to forklifts, farm implements (ploughs, seeders etc) and small skid steer loaders. I also believe some of the 3mtr bucket equipped loaders at Port Kembla steel works may be fitted with these.

The ride aint pretty at anything over jogging pace but they sure do last. I am sure you could modify a 4B rim to have one of the currently available tyres fitted at a reasonable cost for harsh scrub work / exploration vehicles.

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