❂❂❂❂ Porta-Wall Tires – Who had them? ❂❂❂❂

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  1. Eric Karonen

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    I like a good hubcap. They're a pleasure to see because they're rare too, at least in recent times in my neck of the woods.

    Buck: are those glue on whitewalls? I think they'd look kinda cool on my M/S Michelins on my PU ... for something different!
     
  2. flathd

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    I never had them. They wouldn't have looked very cool on my 69 Nova with Mickey Thompsons and Cragars. :D They are still available and I am thinking about getting them for my 51 Ford. They are $100 for a set, 15" x 3" wide. Do they ever fall off? :cool:
     

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  3. John Backlund

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    I want a set of wide whitewalls on my yellow/cream Honda Valkyrie....but apparently NO one makes a set that will fit that particular bike.

    Bummer, dude. :(:(:(
     
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    We had an auto parts store called Sherpa in San Mateo back in the early 60's. You could buy all sorts of cheap add-ons. Chrome gas pedals, suicide knobs, moon hub caps, and Porta-wall in varying colors. For those of us on a tighter budget they sold an acrilic-like "whitewall" paint. Could be used for touch ups or to do a full on blackwall conversion. Unfortunately you had to do it freehand and my 37' Chevy tires didn't come out so well. Spent a lot of time scraping that stuff off.

    Thanks for the post Bucko. I had all but forgotten about Sherpas. It was the automotive dollar store of its day.
     
  5. telleutelleme

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    Metzler has them. Metzeler ME 880 Marathon both thin and wide whitewall for the Valkyrie

    - Built to handle the higher loads and handling characteristics of cruiser and touring bikes
    - Front tires feature rounded tread profile for smooth, neutral steering
    - Rear tires feature flatter tread profile and larger contact patch for better traction and mileage
    - Computer-designed tread pattern with offset groove alignment for uniform wear characteristics, low noise
    - Tread pattern has excellent water displacement ability and stability over rain grooves and under hard braking
    - Most 880 tires are vailable in blackwall. Some also available in wide white sidewalls (WWW) and narrow white sidewalls (NWS). See Related Products.
    - H-rating is good for speeds up to 130 mph, V-rating is good for speeds up to 149mph, and Z-rating is good for speeds over 149mph

    Fits:
    Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (Rear)
    Honda VTX 1800 (Rear)
     
  6. Buckocaster51

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    No glue.

    The inner rim of the Porta-Wall fits between the tire and the rim.

    Of course there is a YouTube video!



    Of course, we never had a nice clean hammer to pound ours in...

    :)
     
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    Have a set on my 31 Model A that is out under the carport at this moment!
     
  8. John Backlund

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    Thanks for looking around, but Metzler's website shows no WWW tires for the Valkyrie in their fitment chart. They have blackwall Marathon ME 880 tires for it, but no WW's.
     
  9. Guran

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    Earlier this summer I told my father in law to get a set. He fitted his '56 Ford with radials, and while it became much nicer to drive, it also started to look wrong without the whitewalls. He still hasn't got them though.

    About feelers, the funny thing is that they IMO make the car look just as ugly as torn walls would.
     
  10. Slow Reflexes

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    Found a fellow who's using Dunlops on his... this kinda what you're after?

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    Guy says he had to buy very slightly smaller sizes, and bias ply.

     
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    I distinctly remember when whitewalls were a big deal but never did care. It was always put out as a big selling point. I just thought that it was always more money for something that did absolutely nothing.
     
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    They were extremely popular in Memphis when I was a teen........
     
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    If I remember right, they fit between the tire just above the bead, and the steel wheel itself. The issue was the portion away from the wheel, as they cracked and lost their shape.

    But, I think your '51 needs all blackwalls to keep its cool vibe!
     
  14. Buckocaster51

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    Watch the video in post #26.

    It addresses the flopping around and wobbliness issues associated with less than optimal installation.
     
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    LOL
    I remember wanting a more "Euro" look on my '61 Buick Special back in the late '70s
    So I had them turn the WW inside when "Used Tire World" mountd my $49.95 set of "low mileage" Atlas take offs.
    My dad who had owned several classic Chevy Bel-Airs just rolled his eyes.
     
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