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Foam filled jockey wheels?

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Old May 3rd 18, 12:39 PM
The Wanderer The Wanderer is offline
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Originally Posted by bert View Post
In article , DavidP
On Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:19:41 +0100, Harry Bloomfield wrote:

Harry Bloomfield used his keyboard to write :
I am being driven nuts by pnuematic jockey wheels going flat and wonder
if anyone has tried the foam filled type as an alternative?

The one I am looking at, has a similar sized tyre to my pnuematic one,
but has a plastic centre/ hub with roller bearings. Are the plastic
ones strong enough?

As no one replied and I could not wait longer for comment, I ordered a
puncture proof foam wheel complete, which I fitted this morning. It
seems absolutely fine. I ordered this one
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My removed wheel (a replacement) had been fitted with brass spacers on
the axle tube, obviously it had been a bit narrower than the original.
This one at 75mm wide, was a fraction wider, so I had to turn the
spacers down in the lathe. It has slightly less bounce than my pnuematic
wheel had, but certainly much better than a solid tyre over the pebbles
I park on, much less inclined to dig itself in. The plastic centre seems
strong enough for the job.

Hopefully an end to the constant problem of jockey wheels going flat.

I guess the lack of reply was due to lack of experience in the product.
Never having had a pneumatic, much less foam filled, jockey wheel tyre on
any 'van I certainly wasn't going to proffer an opinion. I'm interested
to note that you have found that solid tyres dig in - its not something I
can say I've ever noticed but, then again, I've never parked on loose

Glad you found a solution that seems to work for you.


Hi there, I'm thinking the same thing as mine is going flat all the time and driving me nuts. More the problem is it coming off the rim I think, that happened before when I was in a field and it got caught in a tractor's old tyre tracks.
Has anyone tried a normal but wider wheel alternative? I can only see Kartt do them but can't track down where to buy one yet. (under their commercial range/48mm/wide wheel www.kartt.com ). Could be a good happy medium. Those Alko all plastic one's are a rip off and are unforgiving over stones etc.

Last edited by The Wanderer : May 3rd 18 at 12:47 PM. Reason: the link didnt seem to work?

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