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What Inner Tube?

Can someone recommend an inner tube maker and model for a 17" rear rim (on an XT600E)?

The tubed tyre will be a TKC80 and a Michelin Desert.

I've Google'd 4mm inner tubes, Michelin, Bridgestone, etc but come up with mixed responses on the web.

I have Michelin Airstop tubes for 18" rims, will this be okay?

Cheers for your off-road wise opinions...
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TKCs

We fitted heavy duty chinese tubes from Weemoto to our TKCs on our Africa Twins (17 rear?) and they worked fine. Next time though, I would only take normal spare tubes (maybe just a front - you can mend inners anywhere in africa!) as the size and weight of the HD ones over standard wasn't worth it.
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Any heavy duty tube from a 'name' manufacturer will be fine but i agree with Ed - take a normal spare tube, not only as they are much more compact but easier to fit and less likely to suffer from pinching.
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I think from memory Kings Tyre (or something like that) does 17" 4mm tubes,although be a bit careful if you're going to use them for prolonged periods on the road at speed as they overheat quickly.I used 4mm tubes when i went to Morocco a couple of years ago,limited speed to 80kph when we had to take main roads,used tracks as much as possible.Even so when i got back the tubes were just about screwed,the rear had nearly rubbed through.
Now i use the heavy duty Michelin tubes (i think they're about 2mm) and they last forever.
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Thanks all.

I'll take a rear 2mm HD inner tube in case the 18" 4mm variety breakdown under heat. As I'm going through Sudan, this is a possibility from what you're advising. And I'll keep my KPH's down.

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It's not ok to use an 18'inch tube in your 17'inch rimm. Unless temporary as an emergancy.

Btw.. used the same 4mmHD bridgestone tube for the past 20.000km's, a lot offroad and the rest tarmac, up to 150km/h.
Still looked very good at 15.000.
Best of all: no punctures, just once the valve ripped off, front.
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