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    Fixing Chinese tires . . .

    Has anyone had any success in fixing those cheap crap tires that come on things like portable hose reels? Like this one? I was thinking of filling the tires with Stuff (the sealing/insulating foam)? Any thoughts?

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    Just install a tube?

    Or tire slime?
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    You could add some Slime to them to plug leaks, but it seems that sometimes it does not work all that well.

    Or, you could just make them flat proof by filling them with foam. See some examples below.

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    I have several things with similar tires - hose reel, muck bucket carts, portable generator, power washer, and the one thing they all have in common is their tire size, 4.10/3.50-4.

    And all the tires have inner tubes, which are very easy to replace. No special tools are required.

    I order mine from Amazon for around $6.50 each, but I have noticed that they are on the shelves at my local Tractor Supply, Lowes, and Home Depot. The ones I get from Amazon have angled valve stems, making them easier to fill than the ones that come installed with the original tires. Plus, a new tube is a sure fix, and usually costs less than buying a can of fix-a-flat or slime.
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    LiquiTube

    I'd go with LiquiTube over Slime just because it's so hard to get Slime out if you have to change the tire. I put LiquiTube in a dry rotted wheel barrow tire and didn't expect it to work but the tire is still holding air.

    Nothing wrong with the foam filled or solid tires either. It may change but it's hard to find many US made tires right now. Most sidewalls say China, Indonesia, Korea etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firemachine69 View Post
    Just install a tube?
    Tires have tubes already.

    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    Or, you could just make them flat proof by filling them with foam. See some examples below.

    Dave
    Thanks for the videos. Those are perzactly along the lines I was thinking....

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredDoc View Post
    I have several things with similar tires - hose reel, muck bucket carts, portable generator, power washer, and the one thing they all have in common is their tire size, 4.10/3.50-4.

    And all the tires have inner tubes, which are very easy to replace. No special tools are required.
    I will look for tubes.

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    I'd go with LiquiTube over Slime just because it's so hard to get Slime out if you have to change the tire.

    Treefarmer
    Thanks for the tip.

    Thanks, all, for the suggestions. I was going to try the foam, but will first try a tube or two. Two of the four tires still hold air. I took one of the tubes to town and had patched a couple of yrs ago. Not sure if it's one that holds air now. Will check. I have most of the stuff to patch tubes. We had just moved and it was hidden in a box somewhere at the time.
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    Never had any luck keeping air in tires like that, even with tubes in them. I don't buy anything that has tires like that on them anymore.
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    I've never had any luck with these things either, and I hate tubes, always had more flats with them than with tubeless.

    TSC has flat-free tires in this common size, pretty pricey but show to be on sale this weekend.

    Flat-free tires

    Harbor Freight has some flat-frees also but haven't seen this size there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger47 View Post
    Tires have tubes already.

    Thanks for the videos. Those are perzactly along the lines I was thinking....

    I will look for tubes.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Thanks, all, for the suggestions. I was going to try the foam, but will first try a tube or two. Two of the four tires still hold air. I took one of the tubes to town and had patched a couple of yrs ago. Not sure if it's one that holds air now. Will check. I have most of the stuff to patch tubes. We had just moved and it was hidden in a box somewhere at the time.


    I've noticed many Harbour Freight-like specials often don't have tubes. I gues the $0.08 was too much for them.


    I've personally gone completely to flat-free tires, as long as it isn't something I ride.
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    UPDATE - Fixing Chinese tires

    Here's an update. Was into the city on Friday and got a couple of tubes at North 40. $4.99 ea. Put one in on Saturday. The angled valve stem did not seem right, but OK.

    I have since found all my tire patching stuff except the cement. Was in town today so got some at NAPA. Set out to patch the other tube. Of course, the Aerosol rubber buffer did not spray. My 20/20 hind sight suggests I should have tested it. I guess the Do Not Puncture warning on the can was laying towards the bench. Anyway, I did not see it, so poked two holes in the can and drained it into a jam jar. I had squeezed the can first and it was "obvious by inspection" that there was no pressure. Not that I'd advise that practice, or, in other words, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME.

    I patched the tube that I had taken out on Saturday. Its leak was about the same spot as the one I had patched at the tire shop a couple of years ago, right near the valve stem. Then pulled off the other wheel with the flat and put the patched tube in it. This one happened to be the one that was patched at the tire shop. The leak was right at the edge of the patch. I put another patch on so if it works, I now have a spare tube.

    Next time, I may try the Stuff and convert these into semi-pneumatic, flat free tires. This hose cart would be a good place to try that, anyway.
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