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Old 09-05-2012, 04:29 AM
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Default Top Flite Wire Wheel Repair (tire off rim)

I actually first posted this in the wrong forum... one forum belowthis one on the forums listing... I di get a response that was helpful, but I thought i would put the orignal post here, as this forum is the correct one, and I do not know how to move, or even if I can (most likely the moderator's call)

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Hi all !

Does anyone have any idea on how to re-attach the rubber tire back onto thewirerim for a Top Flite Wire Wheel ?

I ran out of fuel and made a quick landing without any damage except the brunt of the force was taken on the two front tires/landing gear (taildragger) On one side of the landing gear, the rubber tire came off the rim.

The rim runs true and I do not want to force anything and bend/damage the wire rim. I bet someone out there has a tip/trick to get this done !

Here are two links to view the Top Flite Wire Wheel:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXCLX7&P=ML

www.top-flite.com/accys/topq6000.html


Thanks so much in advance.

Don

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:49 PM
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Is the tire solid rubber? If so Iwould boil some water and when it comes to a boil turn off the heat. wait a few minutes and drop the tire in it and let it stand for about 10 minutes. Then mount the tire. This is how you mount a new tire/band on a bandsaw wheel. Just a thought.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:39 AM
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I use zip ties, at 6,9 and 3 o clock, then stretch it over
at the 12 o clock position with a flat head screw driver.

It's easier if the rim is off the axel, hope that helps.

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Default RE: Top Flite Wire Wheel Repair (tire off rim)

mkoe and dignlivn,

 I think you so very much for your help and tips on how to get that darn small (solid) back onto the original rim.  I found both helpful and actually employed both!

I did heat the tire in some how water, but only for about 30-45 secs. so as not to be too mushy.   Then, used the tire wraps at the instructed points, and using gloves, and another set of two hands (read wife )  to put tie-wraps on, at 6, 3, 9 , and I then moved to my left, then moved to my right (hey, I think I heard a song like that)... and popped it over the top (12 o'clock).... 
Went perfectly!  I HAD to use gloves, not for the hot tire, but the rim is tough on the thumbs and fingers!  (No, I not a wimp, lol).

Thing is.... dignlivn..... you are the person I got the idea for these wire-wheels for my GP Big Stik 40 !  I never go to the field w/o someone commenting how great they look!   Lots to owe you and you guys really helped me out!

Again, thank you both...

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Old 09-11-2012, 03:26 AM
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Your Welcome, glad it helped.
Those spokes were made for a Stik. IMO



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