I really like riding pneumatic wheels, very comfortable and great for bad roads or semi-rough trails. But I prefer urethane for daily use. Just feels more natural and the carves are tons of fun. Why can’t we have both?
I am trying to design a method either clamping or bolting on pneumatic wheels to the existing urethane wheels, preferably a tooless process. I think this would be fun because you could swap between a urethane ride and a pneumatic ride in seconds. You also get the added benefit of extending the wheelbase (over installing the pneumatic wheels in place of the urethane wheels) to reduce wheel bite without cutting on your deck or using taller risers/shock pads.
I started with the idea of a bell clamp, drilling a hole in the end & welding a 5.16-24 bolt in the hole. That would allow you to simply clamp the bell to the existing wheel, regardless existing wheel size and ride. Tooless, elegant. Unfortunately not many companies manufacturer bell clamps anymore and the ones that do want $50 + each. That’s $200 plus the drilling, welding and incidental parts. Too much to make the idea feasible, IMO.
Next I thought about using a Coupling Nut in place of the current wheel nut. The all you would have to do is bolt the pneumatic wheel into the Coupling Nut and go. The problem with this scenario is that you have to keep up with the speed rings of the pneumatic wheels when not in use and you have to carry a skate tool to bolt on/off the wheels. I am also worried about the long term stress on the truck axle (bends & thread damage) with this method, thats a lot od down pressure on the Coupling Nut.
I am going to try this today when my Coupling Nuts are delivered. I’ll post pics and my impression when I’ve completed the install.
Does anyone else have any ideas on how this might be accomplished?
Skike sitting on top of a 833mm urathane wheel as an example of what I am trying to accomplish...