Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


A query on wheel rim

A query on wheel rim

A query on wheel rim

Dear all
I am interested to know if i can convert a tubeless wheel rim to a tubed rim for a special equipment like road sweeper.
Will there be any difference in rim thickness apart from the visual difference of valve hole.
This will be a short term arrangement till I get the correct rim.

RE: A query on wheel rim

Thanks GregLocock!

RE: A query on wheel rim

Of course, make sure the surface is smooth on the rim. You can get rim tape pretty cheap which is for this exact purpose.

RE: A query on wheel rim

Thanks hydroman247. What is the material of rim tape. Can that be sourced from tire dealer?

RE: A query on wheel rim

A tubeless rim will have a drop center so the tire can be buttonhooked on. The tubetype rim doesn't have this. My fear would be that the tube would want to inflate into that well.

However, the tube can be punctured by projections inside the rim. Sometimes they use a flap to prevent this - a thick slap of rubber put in after the tube inserted.

On the balance, I wouldn't recommend doing this on a log term basis, but I think it will work as a temporary solution.

And to answer the exact question you asked, the way tubetype tires and tubeless tires carry the load is exactly the same, so the rim thickness is immaterial.

RE: A query on wheel rim

Hi Bljnv,

Rim thickness is dependent on the wheel loads, and there isn't any difference between tubeless and tube tire loading. You haven't told us if you're using "J" configuration car/lt. truck rims or "K" medium truck rims, but the retention of the tire beads depends on inflation supplied tension stretching the beads into the seats. I'd chalk mark the tire position to the rim to make sure there's no slippage that would damage the tubes, and possibly increase the inflation pressure.

That said, the tube increase the rate of rapid air loss on blowouts and may pose a risk on some applications. If speeds are low, and vehicle control is not a concern, you should be OK

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!


White Paper – Your Construction ERP RFP Checklist
Selecting business software for a medium to enterprise-sized construction concern is extremely challenging in large part because most enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites originated in the world of repetitive manufacturing and are therefore a poor fit for a project and asset-centric business. However, midsize to large contractors need the predictable, auditable processes that ERP delivers. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close