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Old 03-05-2015, 07:55 PM
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How long before these things make it to the wheeling market? No rim, bead locks or anything else to worry about....pretty cool!

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Old 03-05-2015, 09:38 PM
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I think the weight may be an issue.....

33" tweels weigh 226 lbs each!
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:52 PM
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That's with a steel tractor rim, but who knows if they were to develop them for trucks instead of John Deere? People already put tank treads on all four corners, so who knows!
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One downside I can see with these is that you cannot modify the tires footprint by adjusting tire pressure.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:35 PM
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Pretty sure the military has been testing them...
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:43 AM
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It is a very interesting concept but still has a lot of limitations. For 1 you still need a sidewall outside of very specialized use. Imagine those voids in sand, mud, water, ice-water, snow, etc, etc, etc lots of problems without a sidewall.
Present air filled tire tech is pretty miraculous if you consider what a tire will put up with while still having sharp handling, an incredibly long life, and low weight. A lot of a tires structure and stability comes from the air and there aren't a lot of options to replace it that are both lighter and cheaper.

I do think this design is fascinating but I think it's limited to very specialized vehicles and environments....at least in the near term.
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All valid points. But I'd say a tractor will see a good bit of mud and snow as well. I do think it would be though to run on a vehicle, but I like the thought.
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These have been out for a long time, they are very heavy and not developed for commercial use, they wear out really fast on continuous pavement driving....there are many reasons why these aren't on the market and probably never will be.
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