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Author Topic:   American Racer's w/wo tubes
posted March 02, 2003 07:31 PM
What is the thought with american racer tires.
Do you run a tube or not?
Trying to decide wich way is better..

redneck racing
posted March 02, 2003 08:09 PM
I dont run the american racer tires but i dont run tubes either. Tubes would probably be the way to go cause you can run a lower tire pressure with them. I run 2 and 3 inch offset rims and the tubes just seemed like they wouldnt fit. Eddie

posted March 02, 2003 08:20 PM
[You have to redrill the holes to match a stock hole or tube tends to rip out.
It doesn't matter what type of tire, its all about rim hole placement

Light it up, Baby!

[This message has been edited by bobaluuu (edited March 02, 2003).]

posted March 02, 2003 08:48 PM
I run american racers on my street stock with no tubes and have never had a problem. I run pressures as low as 8lbs sometimes and have never rolled one off. I have used a tube on a tire with a small hole and it lasted a few weeks until the tire was spent. Either way you shouldnt have problems but I have heard of people spinnint the stems out of them in the rear not to mention it will save you some weight.......$.02

posted March 03, 2003 01:55 PM
I now run with tubes on the right side tires only. I use 15x8 aero 50 series tires with G60 A/R's. Car weighs 3400 lbs w/driver. A few years ago I lost(off the bead) a RF tire on the Saturday feature and the RR on Sunday Feature, I was leading one feature and in second place in the other when it happened. I had 14 psi in the tires. Both cases the tire caught a small rut on the track in the corner.

To keep the valve stems from spinning or pulling into the rim, I put a small hose clamp on the valve stem.

Since switching to tubes I have had no tires rollin off the rims, but I have had a few slow leaks in the tubes from small rocks and mud getting between the tire and the tube and putting a hole in the tube. But these slow leaks have not any caused problems at the race track, I only notice them (and fix them of course) a day or two after the race. It is good practice to vacuum out tires before mounting.

posted March 03, 2003 09:39 PM
340duster, where are you getting the tubes at, and what size are they? I gave away 2 wins last year with flat RF tires. I'd like to have one tire setup with a tube, just for those rough tracks.


posted March 06, 2003 09:52 PM
istock59, the one time i ran a tube it was given to me by a friend who uses tubes on the rt. side like the others. He gets them from the Country Tractor store. They are heavier duty than regular tubes but I have never actively sought tubes either. There may be something better built for racing applications.......good luck

neil rucker
posted March 06, 2003 10:08 PM
use tubes for bobcat or skid loader (emplement tubes) available from any good tire shop. i run hoosier d55 tires 11 inch tread width 87 to 92 inch circumfrence, on 10 inch steel wheels. we use the 11-L 15/16 "bobcat tubes" (cost about 10 bucks each) neil

neil rucker
posted March 06, 2003 10:11 PM
"ALWAYS" use baby powder on tube and inside of tire (really rub it in good) seems to help from rubbing holes in tubes with low air psi. neil

posted March 12, 2003 01:26 PM
The tubes I get are from the local tire store, not sure what brand. Size wise on the tube box there was a list of sizes and I made sure it fit a 255-60R15. Oh yeah (as neil says) I use baby powder as well. It also makes the garage smell nicer too!

posted March 12, 2003 02:34 PM
59 just go to your local tire shop and get some 14/15 in radial tubes and use lots of baby powder. to keep the stems in place we use zip ties it won't dig into the rubber like a hose clamp will. we tried that a few time and it alway wore a hole in the stem and there is no patching a valve stem.also on areo wheels the holes are ment to be used as tubless so you can order rubber gromits to put over your tube stem that helps alot too

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