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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lightsorce, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. lightsorce

    lightsorce Inner Banks Swamp Rider

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    :freaky I've got to get some opinions on something I read in a well respected motorcycle magazine. The source is a true pro and definitely no rookie. It still sounds crazy to me though.:uhoh
    What do you guys think about using tape instead of the rim strip on your motorcycle wheels?:krusty JUST ASKING......
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  2. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Lots of people do this....and lots don't.

    Is there a real problem you're trying to resolve?
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  3. lightsorce

    lightsorce Inner Banks Swamp Rider

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    More specifically I was wondering if anyone had experience with the technique and whether the direction of the wrap of the tape or the tape types were different in the quality of installation. :freaky
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  4. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    What I have found is that if you tend to not wear out tires pretty quickly, the tape glue can harden and actually be a bit nasty on the tube.

    I've used duct tape and electrical tape with good success riding Lord knows how many miles over the years, but it's because I didn't have a rim strip, or it had deteriorated to the point it was unuseable when I mounted a tire somewhere where a strip wasn't available.

    If you need to use tape, double wrap it, and plan to have to replace it with a strip or new tape when you change the tire.

    YMMV.
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  5. Jamming

    Jamming Desert RAT

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    I always used "good" Duct Tape, no cheap stuff.

    I had Lester Wheels on my Airhead RS and they leaked after a 100,000 miles. So I painted the inside with a couple of coats of cheap rattle can black...fixed.
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