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  1. #1
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    Back in the late 90s, early 2000s, I bought these inserts that were put inside your tire in place of tubes. Not sure if they were actually foam, but the whole idea was to avoid flats. Their stiffness, basically kept the equivalent of a constant psi, like 15psi. Didn't matter if you punctured your tire. You could still ride. If I remember correctly, they looked kinda like the floatie tubes that kids use in the pool, or the insulators used for thin plumbing pipes, just shorter, obviously. I had really good luck with these for several years.
    Does anyone know if they're still available? What are they called? Who makes them?

  2. #2
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Aug 2001
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    New Braunfels Texas

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    Michelin make them, and Dunlop has one now as well the tire mousse is what it is calledd

    MX guys did not like them because of weight but offroad guys who do a lot of sharp rocky areas
    really do.

    From what I have been told they are a bear to install and should be pulled and lubed to keep the
    heat from friction from breaking down the rubber

    Another system is the Tubliss system that allows you to make your tire a tubless tire that you can plug
    if needed
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    Husqvarna Hooligan
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    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    the tubliss are getting to be really popular. almost none of the serious off road guys run tubes anymore
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  4. #4
    2009 Hooligan of the year
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    Sep 2001
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    Austin, TX

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    I just went back to a tube having had enough of the flats I was getting running the Tubliss system. Bridgestone makes a SUPER heavy duty tube (4mm thick) that so far seems to be the ticket (knocking on wood).

  5. #5
    Hooligan
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
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    Hewitt,NJ

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    First off..............I'm the FLAT KING! Undisputed! At least around here, here being very rocky North Jersey.
    Ran every sort of heavy duty, extra heavy duty, super duty, extra heavy super duper duty..........you get it, and got flats all the time. Like, almost every ride. Ran "Tech Tubes" for a while, same thing as Michelin Mousse. Even got flats with those on my ATK 605 Finished the Hancock DS one year with flats front and rear. They are a BITCH to get in and out, unless you have a real live tire machine.
    I started running the Tubliss system about 3 years ago, and I've had better luck with them. Except that, well, I got a front flat last week. Not the first flat with the Tubliss, but I get less flats than before. Problem is, you slice the tire and....................pfffffffffffffffffffffffffftttttt. Running "Slime" helps a lot, but oh lordy what a friggin' mess when changin' time comes. In the rocks, it seems the only real answer is Mousse tubes, but for me the cost (about $150 each) + the PITA of putting them in and taking them out, makes it a NO GO. You are supposed to take 'em out after EVERY RIDE. If I was still serious about running Hare Scrambles & Enduros, I run 'em, but for just screwing around and doing Dual Sport rides, I'll take my chances getting a flat with the Tubliss.
    Oh, another PLUS for the Tubliss is they weigh almost nothing. Totally changes how the bike handles. And, makes tire changes pretty easy.

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  6. #6
    Hooligan
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Plant City FL

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    I run Michelin Ultra Heavy Duty tubes and ride very rocky terrain with low air pressure. I have friends that run the bib mousse and not worth the money and hassle IMHO.
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  7. #7
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Decatur,Al

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    I saw a while back someone was running tennis balls in the tires to prevent flats in dessert racing
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    Two wheeled FREAK
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    NY - Between thought and expression...

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    When I was working at the dealership, the best heavy duty tubes were Metzeler hands down. Bib Mousse worked ok for some folks, but the Metzeler tubes worked for everyone. There are some good IRC heavy tubes we used to run in SuperMoto bikes

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  9. #9
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
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    Montrose Colorado

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    you cant run the bibs(any brand) in a dual sport bike, highway speeds melt them

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  10. #10
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Sep 2012
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    CT

    Re: Does anyone remember the foam tire inserts and who made them?

    I know it's been 3-1/2 years since the last post on this thread, but I just came across this in the October 2018 Dirt Bike magazine...

    www.tubesaddle.com

    Approx. 6oz each, as low as 8psi for better traction, almost 50% lower price than Bib Mousse or Tubliss, and there's a step-by-step video on their website

    It has a 5-star rating from MXA, and was product of the year in Dirt Rider

    The competitors...

    www.tubliss.com

    http://www.michelin.com/eng/media-ro...oad-motorcycle
    Last edited by the-atc-kid; 10-03-2018 at 01:15 AM.


 

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