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Making tires

2002-03-11 18:12:03+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

The Wheelsurf entry got me thinking again about some issues with Burning Man vehicles. One of Charlene's ideas would work best if we could make six foot or so diameter wheels. Not living in a terribly industrial area, finding, say, surplus truck inner tubes seems tough. Anyone out there know anything about techniques for building a large tire? The best bet right now seems to be a couple of wraps of a good hose, inflated.

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#Comment made: 2002-03-12 04:07:18+00 by: DaveP [edit history]

It seems to me you could probably head down to either SF or Oakland and find used large truck or tractor tires. Tractor would probably be easier, since they're harder to re-tread, whereas large truck tires almost always have a new tread slapped on, rather than throwing out the tire.

I'd call a construction or heavy equipment company. Ask who they buy their big-ass tires from. Then call that company and ask if they've got any big tires you could have. You could always use the "sandbox for the kid" excuse if you don't want to explain the real use you'll be putting 'em to. Has the benefit of being the reason they most often hear for people wanting big tires.

Another place we got big tires when I was a kid (for sandboxes, actually) was the state road maintenance people. Dunno how that would work in CA, but I'd think that having someone take used tires off their hands would be cheaper than paying a recycling fee on 'em.

Oh, and I bet if you came up dry, the guys at SRL might have an idea where to find such things.