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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:46 pm

What tyres are you going for, I’ve just sent my steel wheels off for blasting and powder coating so will be looking for tyres soon
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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:49 pm

After a lot of hunting around I'm going for Blockley's 165 HR 13 radials - they have a really nice period tread pattern and they also supply tubes - link here: http://www.blockleytyre.com/page2.htm#prices
£69 plus the usual charges so not too much more than modern looking ones....
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:22 pm

So that will be tubed Tyres?
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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:41 pm

Not sure - I'll consult with Blockleys when I buy them. On alloys Lotus recommended tubed and tubeless tyres in the workshop manual according to the tyre chosen. I'd rather not have tubes if I don't have to - I've had enough blowouts on motorbikes with tubes to know that a puncture in a tubed tyre is usually rapid and complete deflation, while picking up the same nail or screw in a tubeless tyre just means a gradual loss of pressure. On the four old alloys I'm refurbishing, three had tubeless and one had a tube.
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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:11 pm

I’ve been in conversation with Blockley, the tyres are suitable to be tubeless but it depends on the wheels. If they have the retaining ridge inside the rim to prevent the tyre coming off then they can be tubeless, if the rim doesn’t have the ridge then they should have tubes fitted and Blockley make their own tube specially for their tyres. Having said that, on my steel wheels three were tubeless and two tubes. I plan to fit tubes.
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