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DIY: "Redneck" Tubeless

1. Mount a tube two sizes too small (ie: 20-inch tube for a 26-inch wheel) to a non-tubeless rim and tighten the valve stem nut, then fillet the tube down the center to create a big, flappy rim strip.

2. Install one side of the tire so that the tube sticks out between the rim and tire, then pour in 60-100 milliliters of latex-based tire sealant.

3. Seat second bead. Coat the rim/tube/tire interface with a mix of soap and water, heavy on the soap. Use a large CO2 or air compressor to mount the tire (don't even think about trying this with a floor pump). Watch for air bubbles coming through at the bead and try to get the sealant to coat any areas leaking air. Trim off the excess rim strip, leaving a slight overhang.

 

WARNING: Non-tubeless tires are okay, but make sure the tire fits tightly on the rim. Loose fits lead to air burps or bead failures, which can lead to lost teeth. Even if done right, this setup can still lead to lost teeth, which can make it difficult to eat your corn on the cob. As always, DIY at your own risk.

 



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I tried this system I discovered, seems to work fantastic and best of all it costs 1 tube and some slime.

What do you guys think about this?
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It does work. I would rather use Stans sealant and a compressor to inflate. Do a search, enter "tubeless" and you can get all the info you need to do the convertion. I did and it worked, I also used the rimstrips from Stans and not the BMX tube.

 

 

 

The method in your post is called a "Ghetto tubeless convertion"

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Stans complete kit, around R1k, Id rather pay the R30 bucks a bmx tube and DI-myself!  OKO slime also works wonders, much thicker, plus ammonia issues with Stans stuffing up tyres, something to consider.

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Agree on the price madness. Never did my conversion but for R1K I can buy my own compressor instead.

 

Use my OKO in my tubes and never a puncture in 13mths, can only imagine how well it will work on tubeless. Oh, one thing on OKO, that stuff works so well that make sure you have a valve core remover (DIY your own) as your going to find that will even plug that up.

 

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Hi. Where can I buy OKO from? Sounds like a much safer and more cost effective alternative to tubeless.

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I think fellow hubber Marius had a bad experience with OKO, but I don't have the details. Never tried it myself.

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Have used OKO for a while on both road and mtb tubeless kits....

 

 

OK slag me off. I know you're going to roast me for putting it in the road bike.

 

EDIT: I like the plastic rim liners. very robust, and you don't need to take them out to put a tube in. They're abt. R300 a piece, but you'll keep them forever.

 

GotThatInCarbon2010-06-13 10:19:20

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If i could only get a 20" presta tube.....

 

OKO works wonders in the tubes but have had failures due to rim tape cutting tubes. Changed rim tape and all was better.

 

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People,

 

"Ghetto tubeless conversion" implies another continent,

 

here it's known as "homeless choobless". And it works. One refinement? Use Caffelatex. One time, may bru.

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Conti make 20" presta valve tubes with removable valve cores.The Thug2010-06-13 12:05:10

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Conti make 20" presta valve tubes with removable valve cores.

 

Yet to find one in the Cape. Been to every LBS I know and none have stock and some say it doesnt exist.

 

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If i could only get a 20" presta tube.....

 

OKO works wonders in the tubes but have had failures due to rim tape cutting tubes. Changed rim tape and all was better.

 

 

You dont need Presta valves.... I have been running all my mtb's on the ghetto tubeless convertion using normal 20" tubes with Shrader valves... no problems or puntures in the past 12 months. Wink

 

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