converting spoke rim to accept tubeless tire

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converting spoke rim to accept tubeless tire

Post by bernyboy » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:12 am

I realize that this is not a relevant topic for Gold Wing riders, but I know that there is a lot of experience and knowledge on these forums, so I am seeking more input before I proceed. I ride a 1984 gl1200 standard, but my wife rides a Honda Shadow. I want to convert her spoke rims so that I can run tubeless tires on them. The reason is obviously primarily to make it easier to fix a flat tire. I have researched quite a bit and think I know how I would proceed. I know that they talk about rim profiles - and tube rims not holding tubeless tires well enough. But then, others say, the worst that will happen is still a slower leak than you get when you puncture a tube. Any thoughts or stories of experience would be appreciated. Thanks

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Re: converting spoke rim to accept tubeless tire

Post by DaveO430 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:50 am

If the rim has bead locks, the little ridges around the rim that the tire has to pop over, then yes it is possible. I did it on a KLR I had on the rear only, the front didn't have those locks. I sealed the spokes with what I don't remember now.

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Re: converting spoke rim to accept tubeless tire

Post by Ravyn » Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:50 pm

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