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Re: Trip to Coop Tire store

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08-02-2012 21:53:25

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I drained the calcium from my tire. Took it down to the local franchise tire shop. (I had a self imposed damaged tube) so for about $56 I got a new tube and for another $22 it got changed out. The best part was the rotted valve stem area and the boys were determined to sell me a rim. They took a hammer and busted off the rooted metal which left a 4 inch gaping hole. "You need a NEW Rim!" Was announced upon my first return.
"I don't think so" say's I, while looking at the 4 inch hole. They were closing for the night and I took the rim home to my trusty acy torch and el cheapo Lincoln 115 volt mig welder.
Stopped off at the local metal shop and got a 20 inch square chunk of 12 Ga metal. Got it all home, drug out the equipment and proceeded to heat up a spot opposite the rusted area to flatten it out and drill the hole for the new valve stem location. Rotated the rim 90 degrees for a flat spot to use to make my patch. Cut me a chunk of metal for the patch, heat it up and beat it to fit the contours of the inner rim.
Grab the grinder and shine up the rusty hole and square it off. Hold it in place and tack one side, heat it up again and beat it down to a better fit in the poatch area. Finally weld it down, grind it flat and fill the low spots with JB Weld to make it nice and smooth. Back to the tire shop and get it back for around $78. Back to the JB weld and fill the outside of the patch job. No more calcium for this tire. Nor any others I own. Now if it does get calcium filled again again in the future and leaks, it can get repaired the same way two more times. That will make a total of 4 valve stem holes in the rim and by that time the side walls of the rims should be rusted out.

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08-06-2012 11:24:17

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 Re: Trip to Coop Tire store in reply to Bruce(OR), 08-02-2012 21:53:25  
Re the calcium fill.
I also experienced rim damage (severe)on my TE20.
I discovered a product called Rim Guard. It is a by-product of sugar beet processing and is NON-CORROSIVE.
Cost is about 25 cents a pound, U.S. which is about $2.00 /gallon USD.

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