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Old 25 February 2021, 15:13   #1
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Puncture-proof Transom Wheels

Hi all,

Iíve got a deep cut in one tyre on the Excel 250 transom wheels that came with my Volante 330.

I think I want to replace both wheels with puncture-proof foam-filled types. Something like these:

https://www.castors-online.co.uk/aca...AaAmFBEALw_wcB

Anyone have any experience with these types of tyre? Any reason not to go for them?

And if anyone has a link to tyres/wheels (pneumatic or puncture-proof) that theyíve fitted on a 250mm excel set Iíd be much obliged!
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Old 25 February 2021, 15:42   #2
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I have a thread somewhere about my obsessive tyre journey. What I found to my cost is many cheap puncture proof wheel and tyre sets have cavities in the wheel construction and worse than that open cell foam in the tyre. So when you pull them out of the water they are full, weigh loads, and in my case dribble water in the car on the way home.
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Old 25 February 2021, 15:47   #3
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Here it is...

https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/best-w...els-72495.html

The perfect ones for me are the yellow ones.... perhaps bigger dia than you want though?
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Old 25 February 2021, 15:55   #4
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Wasnt it these you ended up with Fenlander? https://www.screwfix.com/p/walsall-u...l-350mm/498HF?
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Old 25 February 2021, 16:21   #5
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I found the cheep wheels inner tubes very porous you can fill with gunge that seeps out when punctured, I bought kayak puncher proof wheels and put one on my jockey wheel so far so good
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Old 25 February 2021, 16:47   #6
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Yep OM2 it's those lovely yellow ones I prefer of all the types I've tried. The only thing I'd say is their load rating is way over-stated... they were at their limit with the Aerotec, 15hp 2-stroke, 25l fuel and kit. I hope their dimension will fit the Elling setup and with the reduced weight they should be perfect.
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Ah brilliant, thanks for the tips everyone!! Iíll definitely go for a type similar to those yellow ones. 350mm might be too big, Iíll have give them a measure at some point, but Iím sure thereíll be an alternative if so.

My transom wheel arms angle back instead of under the boat as I didnít mount the brackets low enough, but that seems fine for my 6hp. They do flex out to the sides a bit under load (or if I forget theyíre attached and lean on the transom). If I ever went for a 15hp motor Iíd need a beefier set like yours Fendlander with the lower button that the legs hook onto. Removing the old brackets and replacing them fills me with dread... what to do with the old holes!! Buy well buy once, eh...

But tbh by that point in the future a new SIB might be on the cards. I canít warrant a heavy motor for use twice a year... can I? One for another thread!
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