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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 2005, 1:54 pm Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone else here Slime their tires?

For me Slime is great stuff - (once you get it in the tire!) - Anyone else use it? How about Camel sealant? Fixaflat goo? Ultraseal? I didn't Slime this last tire because I was going to pull it so quick, but I'm definitely doing the new tire that I'm mounting this weekend. It is so much better to find you have a nail, when you are checking out your tires at the gas station - than by finding you have a nail by everything suddenly getting squirrely when you are surrounded by Semis.

Inserting it through the fill valve is nearly impossible - If you try that you will get more outside the tire than inside - and if you don't get most of it inside, it doesn't work. You have to slice the bottle and dump it in as you mount the tire on the rim.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 2005, 2:32 pm
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Just remember if anyone else is changing your tires, to warn them in advance. It's next to impossible to undo the damage you create with the person who unknowingly finds out there's a surprise in the tire when changing it off the rim.

Yes, I understand if you do all the tire changes yourself, but that's more than likely when you have control over the situation at home. Out on the road, chances are much higher that someone else will be "fixing" things.



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Does this stuff cause tire imbalance issues? How do you clean it next time? I don't believe in putting anything in the tire other than air tho.....

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 2005, 1:16 pm Thread Starter
 
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Yes, you do have imbalance when you first start out - especially when your bike is frozen cold - most slime variations are water based so they slush in cold temps... Maybe Ultraseal isn't but the rest are. I keep my bike in a heated garage at night so the stuff stays goo and spreads out evenly fast. The imbalance goes away pretty fast...
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... It is so much better to find you have a nail, when you are checking out your tires at the gas station - than by finding you have a nail by everything suddenly getting squirrely when you are surrounded by Semis. ...
I had my rear go completely flat two days ago. At 70 mph I could hardly tell the difference. It was a little squirrely, but hardly noticeable at 70 mph. After I stopped and as I limped to safety, it felt really wonky at 30 mph.

The tire was a Pilot Road with about 9K miles on it. I didn't measure tread depth, but it was no where near close to the wear bars. Is this kind of stiffness typical of rear tires? What about the front?

Based on this experience I would not consider slime for the rear due to the possibility of imbalance.

I wonder how the front would ride at speed when flat.
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front flat....

If the front goes.....it will feel like riding with a wet noodle on your rim....little if any control at all.....
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For me Slime is great stuff - (once you get it in the tire!) - Anyone else use it? How about Camel sealant? Fixaflat goo? Ultraseal?

I've been using Ride-On TPS for about a year now. Great stuff. It allowed me to limp my bike back to the house with a punctured rear tire.

I told the mechanic that was going to change the rear that I had Ride-On inside. He thanked me for letting him know. I asked to see the tire after they had it off of the rim because I wanted to see how much coverage the recommended amount of product gave to the tire. I was surprised at how much was in there and that it had the consistency of a slurry.
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........I wonder how the front would ride at speed when flat.
Ditto the "wet Noodle" feeling, butttttt..... you won't notice it until you try to turn! The front can be very, very low on air and feel fine going staight at 70. It's the exit turn that slimes your diaper.
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i used to manage a tire store many years ago. One thing we found with a lot of the stop leak type stuff was that patches would not stick long. Any experience with Slime in this regard?
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In the most recent (Feburary) issue of Motorcycle Consumer News, journalist David Searle provided the following response to a question regarding tire sealants (slime):

"I tested tire sealants many years ago for Road Rider (our predecessor), and found that the stuff actually prevents accurate balancing, quite the opposite of the "self balancing" claims. Also, the stuff will corrode aluminum rims, occasionally to the point of destruction of the bead sealing surfaces (requiring wheel replacement). The gunk is also a big labor job to remove when changing tires, which adds to shop charges. Also, oddly, all of the several different brands of sealant products we checked were traced to the same manufacturing facility. Since that time, I don't recommend them."

Thought you might be interested.

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