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Old 06-19-2017, 05:00 AM   #1
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Does anyone punch a couple of holes in each tire to drain water/dirt out better? I was changing my tires and foams to different wheels and was suprised at how much water was inside each tire after a couple of creek adventures. Tell me what you all think about punching holes. Thanks
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:38 AM   #2
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Many punch holes in the tread area. If I know they may get wet at all I found a very hot old copper hanger tip poked in between treads works good. As you drive normal the water etc works it's way right out. I do 2 holes a tire.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:51 AM   #3
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Many punch holes in the tread area. If I know they may get wet at all I found a very hot old copper hanger tip poked in between treads works good. As you drive normal the water etc works it's way right out. I do 2 holes a tire.
- I like to go swimming and play in the mud/muck, so I absolutely have both the tire and rim vented. Especially if you stuffed your tires w a quality foam and don't wanna break all 4 down just to them dry.
2 holes per rubber and 1 per rim. As the tire rolls it simply squishes the water out, or when done simply grab Tire and squeeze the water out- careful!
Many different way to skin a cat- hot solder iron (stinky!),exacto knife, coat hanger, awl, my go to method is a leather punch. I grabbed mine at Micheal crafts in leather areas for $10, it has multiple diff tips for varying size holes.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:08 AM   #4
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Default Re: Punch holes in tires?

Same old story.
Vent tires and use closed cell foams. Closed cell doesn't hold water.
Leather punch is cheap and easy


Hang up and Drive
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:48 PM   #5
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I use a piece of 5mm steel tube (id 4mm). I ground the edges (like sharpening a pencil) until sharp and then use a hammer to punch the holes out on an old sledge hammer handle. I've got 4 per tyre.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:57 PM   #6
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I use a piece of 5mm steel tube (id 4mm). I ground the edges (like sharpening a pencil) until sharp and then use a hammer to punch the holes out on an old sledge hammer handle. I've got 4 per tyre.
Damn those are big holes!

I don't punch holes in my tires. I run in lots of water.

Closed cell foams are way too firm for my light rigs. I get much better performance with open-cell or dual-stage foams in sealed tires (no holes punched) than I do with punched tires with closed-cell foams.
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Old 06-25-2017, 03:31 PM   #7
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I run the other way completely! I run RC4WD rims that make the tires air tight. Handy in the wet UK. TSL XLs and stock foams. Still plenty of give in the tire and crawls well. ��
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Old 06-25-2017, 05:38 PM   #8
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I run the other way completely! I run RC4WD rims that make the tires air tight. Handy in the wet UK. TSL XLs and stock foams. Still plenty of give in the tire and crawls well. *


Until you get a pinhole in one and it lets air out but not really back in like I did on a set once. Literally gives you a flat tire lol. Or travel 700 miles a day like I often do. I put together a sealed set in Illinois only to have them super aired up in Utah. Then reseal and have 4 flats back in Ohio lol. I vent now. The tires.
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:56 AM   #9
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Oh aye. I run that risk. I have (Touch wood) never punctured a Proline TSL yet and this isn't my first set.
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