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Has anyone converted tubeless tires to inner tubes?

This is 1 of my spring projects. The 2008 Ariens ST624E came with Kenda brand 4.1 x 6 tires. I think the tread style is called X-trac. The tires are good, but last winter, I ran over a nail, that went into the air chamber. I was able to pull the nail & push a plug in, and it did not lose much air in the process. If it had, it would have unseated from the rim.
A few years ago, I did this to the tire on my wheel barrow, when I turned direction with a heavy load when the tire was low on air, and the twisting motion flexed the sidewalls and unseated it off the rim.
I don't see an advantage to tubeless, and I do see an advantage to an inner tube - if it goes flat, you don't need high pressure air to inflate it, you can use anything, even a bicycle tire pump.
So just wondering if anyone else shares this pet peeve - tubeless tires on your snow blower.
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I had to convert several to tubes, wheelbarrow, mower, snowblower, though I don't go out of my way to do it.

YouTube has a video of someone filling their tire with expanding insulating foam.
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Many have, I did on my wood chipper because the tire went flat and there were some small cracks from being old, Not worth buying a new tire for just rolling it 50 feet every couple of yrs LOL but tubeless def have there advantages, One blower I pic up to flip had a flat and wouldn't you know it, It already had a tube and the friend that was buying it was picking it up 2 days after I got it. He HAD to keep a compressor handy and constantly keep refilling it that night to use it in the storm. So he was there on the eve of the last storm and snow had just started to fall, A tubeless you could use fix-a-flat if needed, I always put tire slime in my yard equipment tires and it stops slow leaks and rarely have I had to ever add air. My old riding mower had 2 tires with slow leaks that tire slime stopped and never had another issue. But with a tube none of that works, If you get a flat there is no other option than to pull off the rim, remove the tire and either patch or replace the tube. A lot of work if your in a pinch. OH and I am NOT a big fan of using fix-a-flat on anything but the option is still there with tubeless.
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I've remember reading quite a few post where members have installed tubes in their tires. I think the biggest PITA is getting small tires off the rim to stuff the tube in, then getting it back on. Tubes work, all my bicycles and motorcycles used to have them. The downside comes if you puncture a tube, you are back at square 1.

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I did, but not by choice. My wheels were getting old and the bead wouldn't seal properly when I put on X-Tracs. The inner tubes have worked fine for the past 9 years.
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I just cut off the rubber valve stem, break the bead in the vice, seperate one half of the tire from the rim, install appropriate tire tube inside the tire and thread the new valve stem through the rim, Carefully put tire half back on to rim, inflate a little bit at a time so trapped air inside the tire can escape, usually i wiggle the new valve stem to let the air out. Thats about it. Just need to be careful not to pinch the new tube. No need to buy new tires, just add tubes to your tubeless ones.

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To break a bead, I carefully place a board on the tire-(not the rim), and drive my truck on the board.
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I just cut off the rubber valve stem, break the bead in the vice, seperate one half of the tire from the rim, install appropriate tire tube inside the tire and thread the new valve stem through the rim, Carefully put tire half back on to rim, inflate a little bit at a time so trapped air inside the tire can escape, usually i wiggle the new valve stem to let the air out. Thats about it. Just need to be careful not to pinch the new tube. No need to buy new tires, just add tubes to your tubeless ones.


This is what I did when I tubed one of my riding mower tires, and will do it again here for one of the rear tires this year. I may have to do this to my Ariens blower as one tire keeps going flat after a month or so.

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To break a bead, I carefully place a board on the tire-(not the rim), and drive my truck on the board.

i use a bottle jack under my work bench and just crank it until it pops. i like your idea though
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