Spare (emergency) tubes for 17" tyres?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:13
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I've got 265/70/17 Cooper AT's (tubeless) and was thinking of adding a couple of spare tubes to my spare parts kit .. ie: only to use if I couldn't repair the tyres sufficiently.

Have rung around a number of stores (and coopers themselves) but no-one stocks anything close

any suggestions? (perhaps just use large 16" tubes in an emergency?)
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Reply By: fozzy - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:56

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:56
drew
most wouldnt stock but can they order them in for you???
cheers
fozzy
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Follow Up By: DrewT - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 15:47

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 15:47
most folks i spoke to checked with their suppliers ... & they couldn't supply them
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Reply By: bob2 - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 16:35

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 16:35
Get a Rema plug repair kit. If it's fixable with a tube it is fixable with a plug. Only 1% of the time and effort is required compared to tubes. Most times you doent even need to get out the jack.
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Follow Up By: DrewT - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 17:49

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 17:49
yeah i've already got a plug repair kit (and tyre levers/patches/glue etc)& agree they work well. however what about on those longer trips in the desert where you stuff a couple of tyres beyond repair (eg: where you run on a flat too long and bugger the sidewall) but with a tube you could at least still inflate them and go along slowly?

btw .. have been told that i could use 265/70/16 tubes at a pinch
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Reply By: bob2 - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 18:11

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 18:11
Drew I have been on some big trips, on no tracks, and have only ever ripped a wall once. When remote I always have two spares. In rough country I may do 4 or 5 plug repairs per day. I have put up to 6 plugs in a big hole to stop a leak. I don't have the skill to remove tubeless tires in the field so I don't carry tire levers, patches etc. I have found that a repair with a Rema kit is good for the life of the tyre. I buy the 100 string packs. If I suspect i'm losing air I stop and check. I must have stopped 100s of times for nothing but I have not damaged a tire by driving flat in the last 20 years, it is too expensive. 80% of the time I catch the leaks before I lose much air, they are easy to find while there is still preasure in the tire.
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Reply By: Richard & Leonie - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 22:34

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 22:34
You are going to have trouble getting 17" ones for some time yet. I understand a 16" or even an 18" should get you somewhere. When a tyre is ripped plugs will not work. I heard a story once that a desperate man actually put two self inflating mattresses inside his torn tube and drove out of the bush with it!
I carry two 16" inner tubes with me (I have 16" wheels) plus plugs and a Beadbreaker and have never used any of them thank goodness. Actually I have practiced with the Beadbreaker on an old 14" trailer wheel. It was hard work to get the tyre off and back on. The tyre was welded to the rim with rust and the Beadbreaker man tells me the bigger the wheel the easier it is to get the tyre off and on. I did it twice to practice and the wheel had a tube in it. The second time I pinched the tube. Stuff it.
Murphy's law applies. Immediately you do not have all this stuff is the time you need them.
Richard
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 16:23

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 16:23
self inflating air matresses hey? Novel!
I'd only ever seen the bush mechanics with their spinafex stuffed tyres, or sticking the fork of a branch onto the chassis (acting like a sled) when you lose the whole wheel/ suspension assembly. Maybe theres something in that for 100 series IFS drivers...
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