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    Tyre sealer or tubes????

    I got some rather old Shelby Cal 500's for the back of my truck. Fitted some new tyres, but unfortunately they aren't quite air tight and go flat over a fortnight or so.

    Checked the seal around the rim and the valve and all is ok there, so I've figured that the rims are porous. As I want to park it up in the garage for most of the winter, I'd like to sort it out so's not to have to keep blowing tyres up every time I want to take it out.

    So, does anyone recommend a wheel sealer that I can pop the tyres off and use, or would I be better with tubes, bearing in mind that they are 265's on 8 1/2 rims?

    Ta muchly

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    i would take them off the truck and find out were the leak is to start with. if it just a slow leak give them a good going over with some fairy liquid and water. water on its own does not show up realy slow punctures. leave for a hour then go back. you should find out where the leak is by some white foam. i doubt very much you have a porous wheels. if its from the rim most tyre shop would be able to seal them up.

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    You need to check if the tyres are OK for tubes. They would be smooth inside. Tubless tyres have ribs anb will chafe the tubes till they wear through. Lot of Land Rover guys have found this out with Discos as they suffer from leaking rims.
    Had the same with my PT. Tried everything but cleaning the rims where the beads sit was the most successful thing to do. They still leaked but not as fast
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    failing that . how about getting the inside of the rims powder coated.
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    I had exactly the same problems with a set of brand new Shelbys , back in about 74/5! I got hold of a spray can of rim sealer , was just lacquer really , and it cured the problem.

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    Normal repair glue works to. I've also been told general purpose silicon works aswell.

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    A mate silicon the rim before blowing the tyres up that stopped he's leak.

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    Sorry should clarify, you lacquer the entire rim not just the tyre bead as thy leaked as the casting was porous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Sorry should clarify, you lacquer the entire rim not just the tyre bead as thy leaked as the casting was porous.
    I had heard that about Shelby's which is what made me think tubes may be better. Hadn't thought about painting the insides though.
    I'll try John's suggestion first with soapy water though, just to check.
    Thanks for the replies guys

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