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Old 01-20-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Spoke Wheel Sealing

ok so this was a question that i posed the other day & now that i have the answer & have completed this process, i want to share it with you all.


first thing you are gonna want to do is go to Home Depot or Lowes & pick up a tube of Seal All and a tube of Goop. then you will want to clean the inside of the wheel especially around the spokes very thoroughly. that way the seal all will get a good seal to the metal.


now this is the hard part.... no actually its not, just time consuming... set your wheel down something that way you can spin it as you are sealing each individual spoke with the seal all. i started on the first set of 4 spokes right after the hole for the valve stem. now just put a small amount of sealer over each spoke, making sure it is completely covered.

i went around the wheel twice covering each one with 2 coats. take your time allowing to the sealer to get tacky that way it doesnt run on you as you are spinning the wheel.

after 2 coats of the Seal All, i went over each one with the Goop. so now you have 3 coats of sealers on your spokes. this will allow for an air tight seal & now your rim has been turned into a tubeless wheel.

pretty simple stuff here guys, its not rocket science or quantum physics....





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Old 01-21-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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UPDATE: so i checked the rim this morning & the sealers were good & dry, so i threw the tire in the back of the truck & took it out to a new shop that i found.

now you will have to purchase a valve stem in order to do this & a car one will not work right out of the box because the hole in the rim is just a tick to small. so i went to Advanced & picked up a 2 pack of stems. the ones that have the nuts on them so you can tighten them down on the rim. i took a small reamer bit. i don't know the correct name for it bit it the bit that cone shaped & has different size on it. i drilled the hole out from 10mm to 7/16, this allowed for a nice snug fit of the stem on o-ring type seal & tightened it down nice & snug.

we put the tire on the rim & filled it with air getting a good seal, installed my dyna beads & brought it home. i did a bathtub check after getting here & i seen no leakage of air from any spoke of the stem.

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Old 01-21-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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Now to get that on the bike. Can you use the 1300 brake setup on that rim? I know when I get my 1800C wheel, I will also have to change the rear brakes to 1800 rotor & caliper.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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Now to get that on the bike. Can you use the 1300 brake setup on that rim? I know when I get my 1800C wheel, I will also have to change the rear brakes to 1800 rotor & caliper.

i dont have to change anything, you shouldn't either.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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i dont have to change anything, you shouldn't either.
Here is a write up about swapping the 1800C wheel onto a 1300C. http://forums.midatlanticxriders.com...hp?topic=326.0
It show's that the 1300 rotor will not fit on the 1800 wheel
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Here is a write up about swapping the 1800C wheel onto a 1300C. http://forums.midatlanticxriders.com...hp?topic=326.0
It show's that the 1300 rotor will not fit on the 1800 wheel

oh ok, i didn't know that.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
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Hey that involes 2 things so yeah for me it would be rocket science. But seriously looks like ill be doin this in the next few months when my rear finaly gives out.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:01 PM   #8
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well i just checked it & it looks like it lost a few pounds of air. however i didn't see any damn air bubbles when i stuck it under the water in the tub. i'll keep my eye on it & keep you all informed. i'll figure it out either way.


UPDATE:
ok i did another tub test & found it leaking from 2 spokes. so i sealed those off with a double secret compound, i'll test it again in the morning & see how it is holding.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #9
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so what happened to the powder coating u had planned
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:10 PM   #10
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so what happened to the powder coating u had planned

well the rim was in excellent condition(from the pics i thought it was bad),so no need to waste money on powder when the chrome still looks new.
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