Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Washington State
Cast Wheel Requires a Tube???
Got a question for those in the know about cast wheels on the early softail customs.
I bought my 87 FXSTC brand new. When I replaced my back tire the first time, they put a tube in the tubeless tire. The guy said that the original tire also had a tube installed from the factory, and the cast aluminum wheels on this model were made of porous aluminum. If you don't install a tube, the air will leak out through the pours. He said some of the wheels were like this and some weren't.
Has anyone ever heard of this? All these years Ive been running a tube in the rear tire, but today a guy that runs an indie shop, and seems knowledgeable, laughed at this and said it wasn't true. Talked to the parts guy at the stealership today, and he agreed that no tube is needed (but the guy looked like he was probably in diapers when this bike was built).
Anyone ever heard of a Harley solid cast aluminum wheel that required a tube? This is the original wheel from the factory, not an aftermarket wheel.