At Megatyre, we specialise in the supply and fitting of tyre tubes for all sorts of applications like ride on mowers, handcarts, wheel barrows, cars, vans, 4wds, miscellaneous equipment, prams, boat trailers and SMALL tractors. There is a huge range of tubes available and if we do not have what you need in stock, we can usually get it in a few hours.
Going back say 4 years ago, Megatyre was fitting tubes to about 20 car and light commercial vehicle tyres per month. We used them in repairs where there was a tiny sidewall hole, where the tyre rim was not perfectly smooth and where a puncture was not suitable for mini-combi/mushroom patch repair. These days we hardly ever fit tubes to road going vehicle tyres.
Why? Well car tubes are mostly only available in sizes up to 15 inches and are only suited to use in 70 and 80 profile tyres; so that excludes all low profile tyres and 17, 18,19 and 20 inch etc tyres. There used to be quite a few tyres and rims that were not suited to tubless applications but we see them much less often now. Also vehicles using 70 and 80 profile tyres are disappearing very quickly and the general standard of our nations vehicle fleet is improving.
Tubes are still usefull on 4wd vehicles were the vehicles owner is intending to do heavy mud driving with very low tyre pressures like 4 to 8 psi. Such low pressures greatly enhance the vehicles traction in mud and use of tubes prevents the tyres deflating as a consequence of the bead breaking open due to insufficent tyre pressure.
So come and see us at Megatyre, Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland if you need some help concerning tubes for tyres; we are always happy to help!