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Old 03-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Airless Tires

I know they are already in the military, but how long until average joe can get a set for his jeep!?

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What happens when you want to "air down" for mud or sand or snow? And how is their "sidewall" durability when they get rubbed on rocks?

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What happens when you want to "air down" for mud or sand or snow? And how is their "sidewall" durability when they get rubbed on rocks?
Air down ? Lol

I'd be more concerned with highway high speeds.
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Air down ? Lol

I'd be more concerned with highway high speeds.
Haha you know what I mean. It was in quotes. Like make it less stiff to get more of a contact area. I thought they are pretty good at highway speeds? I read that the civilian ones they are testing could be a little stiff.

I'm thinking changing tire size would be tough
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Snow in my wheels sucks how would this work? What about mud, and then dirt in the "tire"?
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The Army uses runflats.
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And they suck for everything but limping a pos hmmwv to a semi safe place to pull security and swap the spare.
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Yea it's pretty hard to beat good old air. Helium sucks and current run flats for cars are overpriced and weak.
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And they suck for everything but limping a pos hmmwv to a semi safe place to pull security and swap the spare.
LOL I never tried using them for everything else so maybe they do suck for that, but they do work for what they were designed for: low speed driving of a pos Humvee to a more secure area in order to swap out the flat. LOL

Early version consisted of two aluminum half moons that bolted together inside the tire. Now they are a solid rubber band.
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I remember reading about these in Popular Mechanics probably 10 years ago. I figured they would have found their way to most cars by now. For those worried about mud snow build up they could always add a side wall to guard against that.

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