Apparently you can fix sidewalls

Submitted: Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 13:22
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Following my post yesterday of popping the bead, it turns out there was a little nick in the sidewall. The bloody champion at Tyrepower Brighton...Adelaide, was really helpful and spent time with me discussing fourbies touring and tyres as he has an awesome early model 100series.

He then sent me to a specialist across town who repairs sidewalls.Apparently he (the specialist) has been doing it for 40 something years, and they guaranteed me the tyre would be fine. There is special machinery and heat treatment and all sorts of stuff that is involved. Cost is $35.

He mentioned that a lot of the tyre centres tell people "nah mate it's in the sidewall, buy a new one" then send it off to him to fix and then they sell em 2nd hand!

So I'm pretty happy. And can highly reccomend the Tyrepower in Brighton.

Anybody else heard of this treatment?

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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 13:39

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 13:39
who across town?
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Follow Up By: WheelTravel - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:04

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:04
Seaton Tyrce Centre
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 15:53

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 15:53
Intersting, I was told it was illegal in Melbourne and all I had was a screw through the sidewall, tyre was 3 days old.. Ouch it hurt.. If thats the case I still have my old tyre and I'll get it fixed in Melbourne if anyone knows where..?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 16:05

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 16:05
Yea there are places that will patch sidewalls.. its pretty common with comp dudes. specially when their tires are $400+ each.

Ask on outerlimits dudes there get it done
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 20:12

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 20:12
When I was doing my time as APP MECH I was also told to patch the inside, drop a heavy duty tube in and advise the customer to only run it as a spare or at best on the rear ( blow outs on your fronts make steering a bit hairy) but that was about 20 yrs ago, now my brother inlaw who has been in the tyre Ind for about 15 yrs says that its not allowed???? go figure.


Regards JB.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 12:02

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 12:02
Had a mate last year get 4 of his brand new MT/R sidewalls stabbed with a knife by somebleepoff clown in Perth- I almost pity the fool that would have been sweating trying to pop them. EVERY tyre repair shop we went to said a clear NO. At $1600 value we spent 6 hours trying.
I recall some saying it was illegal to repair sidewalls, and others said their company policy wouldnt let them touch it. I have also copped the same answers in a number of towns and cities from stakes (large and small) in sidewalls.

Again, the only repair we could effect was a large patch inside, and run the rubber with an inner tube and as a spare.

Not one shop mentioned any alternatives or options for repair.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 16:15

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 16:15
Yep I have a torn inside whatever on an STT(line bulge on outside), and my tyre man said he would put a gater in it for me which should last the life of the tyre
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:59

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:59
Hi Willem,
Excuse my ignorance, but what is a gater.
Another form of sleeve ?

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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 18:18

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 18:18
Hi George

It is a large, thick, rubber patch you can buy from a tyre shop to put on the inside of your tyre if the sidewall has been cut. Mainly used on split rim tryes. Out here in the bush they have been called gater's for years. Maybe it has a fancier name now. Hope this helps. :o)
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 16:17

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 16:17
We holed two sidewalls in two Coopers with minute holes on the Canning trip. Burnt Mulga twigs are like nails!

Beaurepaires in Scarborough Rd, Perth said uh uh. Company policy, we can't repair it. Go to the Tyrepower who sell Coopers up the road and they might.

Patched the sidewall & put a tube in and away we went.

The tube isn't a necessity but theres more flex in the sidewall and it's a big ask for the patch to flex at exactly the same rate as the sidewall and stay stuck so the tube is a really good idea.

Dave
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Follow Up By: WheelTravel - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:09

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:09
Hi Mate,

This is also what tyrepower said they could do, however what this other place is doing is different altogether. They are drilling out the puncture, then getting softened rubber and bogging the hole, then putting a 2ply patch on the inside and baking the whole thing with compression and all other stuff too.

Whatbleepme off, is that other tyre centres will tell you your tyres ratbleep, charge you for disposal, and then fix the thing and resell it...probably. I'm only guessing.
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Reply By: Member - John C (QLD) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:02

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 17:02
Had a similar side wall problem here in Brisbane a few years ago.
My mechanic know of some one who does tractor tyre repairs. Quite common repair evidently. Bloke didn't recommend the tyre for hard off road use and touring, so ran the milage left on the tyre out around town and doing local 4wd trips. Put a new tyre on for a big trip.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 21:14

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 21:14
I'll second what you say about Brighton Tyrepower. Greg is a top bloke - been away with him on 4wd trips, and he's an excellent trainer and assessor. Knows everything about 4wd tyres too.

Cheers
phil
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Reply By: Surf - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 21:33

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 21:33
I punched a round 2.5-3 inch hole in the sidewall of my Savero A/T at the top of Calcup Hill, took it back to Perth and went to Greenwood Tyres and they sent it off for repairs.

$30 later it came back good as new, with the stipulation that it was probably best to run it on the rear only due to the extra rubber used to fill the hole etc.

The tyre then went through Mt Augustus, Karijini, down the coast from Exmouth to Coral Bay without any dramas.

Its next trip was 8,000 km through central Australia, including the West MacDonnell 4X4 track, the old Ghan line, Meerenie Loop and back through the Great Central Road, not to mention across the Nullabor via the Eyre Highway on the way over. No problems what so ever.

Got back to Perth and found out that the tyres were delaminating so had to replace them, but the repair held up. Best $30 I've ever spent on tyres.
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Follow Up By: Surf - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 21:43

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 21:43
I think I meant the East MacDonnell Range 4x4 route
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 01:16

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 01:16
Funny how you can ask 2 people the same question and get 2 different answers I had savero at and they lasted about 5000k before destroying themselves on pretty easy dirt roads at about 80kph - you can imagine my thoughtds on them
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Reply By: Nudenut - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 07:57

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 07:57
i had a bfg which was staked thru the side with a 5/8 -3/4 bit of mulga at around 5-10K....Bob Jane at glynde had it fixed and it lasted the distance

one could hardly pick the repair
dont know where they had it fixed
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