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Tire armor

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Tire chains are cool. They allow a tire to get purchase on ice or snow.

The tire armor starts with a set of tire chains and attach around the tire in the same way. In between each horizontal chain (that traverse the tread surface of tire) there is a metal plate. It is this plate that contacts the road. The road facing side of each plate is bare metal, or will be pretty quick. The tire side has a piece of tire glued on to make it more snuggly.

Metal plates will wear down fast if you are driving 100 mph on the highway. But if there has been an apocalypse and you are worried the road surface might have shrapnel / gyrocopter pieces / tiger teeth car traps / zombie bones all hankering to perforate, the rhythmic clanking of your tire armor will be a soothing lullaby to your worried mind.

Note: since the provenance of each armor plate is different (salvaged from different sources! Collect them all!) each clank is also slightly different. BUNGCO recommends that you adjust your speed such that clank sequence matches the rhythm track of your driving music.

bungston, Mar 22 2016

Pedrail wheel https://en.wikipedi.../wiki/Pedrail_wheel
Now obsolete [8th of 7, Mar 22 2016]


       Here's hoping your bearings are similarly robust.
RayfordSteele, Mar 22 2016

       You have invented a single-wheel tank track. This avoids the advantages of the single pneumatic-tired wheel AND the tank track with remarkable elegance. Instead of being grippy, light and smooth rolling like a normal wheel/tire it's slippy, heavy and clunky like a tank track. Conversely, instead of spreading the load over a large area and being shaped for climbing uneven surfaces, you've selected the load and climbing characteristics of a normal wheel.   

       If I may, I'd like to suggest a vehicle to which this should be fitted. Consider a four wheel drive vehicle. Driving all four wheels provides better traction at the cost of extra weight and complexity. What if we could keep the weight and complexity, but lose the extra traction? So, we have a two wheel drive vehicle, but the driven wheels are on the same side. Now, we still need the transfer box, shafts to the front and rear and gearing to send the power out to the wheels. If we avoid the advantages of a central diff lock we have a heavy inefficient car that will spin a wheel as soon as it's off road. With luck it may also have some alarming handling characteristics.
bs0u0155, Mar 22 2016

       It's called a "pedrail" wheel, and it's Baked.   


       As [bs] says, it neatly combines all the disadvantages of a track with the disadvantages of a pneumatic tyre.
8th of 7, Mar 22 2016

       bs0u0155, I admire your "glass not completely empty" attitude along with your schemes to empty the glass completely, an endeavor always close to my heart.   

       8th I disagree that this is a pedrail wheel; this to my read being a device with sticking-out bits meant to smoothen motion. I do not think the armor I describe would smoothen anything except a ride over thumbtacks. But I thank you very much for the link, which I would not have found myself. I think I may go to work on HG Wells after finishing off my current crop of books.
bungston, Mar 22 2016

       //schemes to empty the glass completely//   

       Always a pleasure to provide such a service. I think it's related to dreaming, only the reciprocal.
bs0u0155, Mar 22 2016

       Sounds like a fun bit of present day hobby or post (fill in blank) apocalypse fabrication, though you’d need to have side, not just tread, plates, as I have it on good authority that the post apocalypse will be rife with tire sidewall piercing bullets, harpoons, etc.   

       I think Durability would be a problem, though, as the chains would be as prone to breaking as tire chains. I think you’d be restricted to fairly low speeds, as, like tire chains, they’d spin out and slap like crazy approaching about 100 km/h   

       Though they’d lack the clanky cache, I’d be inclined to just use solid rubber tires (from a loader or tractor) – If I could get ‘em. The idea earn my [+]-because anybody with a welder and scrap metal plate could armor a regular inflatable tire.
CraigD, Mar 22 2016


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