Lotus Elan

To Tube or not to Tube?

PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:50 am

KevJ+2 wrote:JH,
I agree that the choice is everyone's but when Lotus fitted tubes, they were fitted to correct tubed tyres.
The 'tubeless' tyre is exactly that and imho is not suitable for tubes. As I said before, it's a tricky one - No safety ridge but wrong tyres with tubes - like you say, the choice is yours.
Kev.



Kev has pretty much hit the nail on the head. :D

Tubes are fine with tubed type tyres and I expect if you fit tubes in tubeless tyres results will vary depending on the tyre brand/design.

My experience with Uniroyal tyres was a disproportionate number of punctures clearly being caused by the inner surface of the tyre abrading the tube to the point of failure.

This subject has been discussed on here before and the consensus seemed to be that lots of Elans have done and are doing many thousands of miles tubeless.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:17 am

Which wheels don't have the safety ridge. Steel or Alloy?
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:34 am

billwill wrote:Which wheels don't have the safety ridge. Steel or Alloy?


The original steel wheels certainly do not. Can't remember if alloys do or not...... someone will tell us :D

I can't envisage a situation where a correctly inflated tyre would ever push off a rim unless as a result of a high speed impact and I think in that situation the tyre would push off any rim and deflate.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:43 am

Vast amount of information on Tubes & Tubeless here:
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/section6.htm

Though mostly from a moror cycle perspective
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