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using Slime in tires

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Does anybody have any experience, advice, or recommendations on using Slime or any similar product in the tires?



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I wouldn't use Slime. Next time you go to change your tire you'll get the tire change person very annoyed. It leaves a mess in there that they have to clean and usually charge you for. I carry a bottle but only for emergencies.

The Ride-On product is supposed to be better.
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Tries some in a lawn tractor tire one time and it didn't work worth a hoot. I can only guess that the tractor tire didn't trurn fast enough to do the job

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Don't use it unless you are prepared to buy a new rim. Those fix-a-flat chemicals tend to dissolve the rubber to an extent, some more than others. They are also corrosive to metals, especially aluminum. They also affect TPMS sensors(if equipped). Also, they don't always work. At best, they only slow down the leak. Some are also flammable. Your best bet is to carry a good type of plug kit that will get you to a shop to have the tire repaired. Be aware that some shops will not repair a tire that has been plugged or has fix-a-flat in it. I would talk to a shop and ask what is the approved method for a temp fix.
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I just learned about Ride-on from another forum and it looks like good stuff. It stays in the crown of the tire and isn't messy got the tire guy like Slime. It is also designed to balance the tire. I live on a gravel road and it looks like cheap insurance from rock punctures and the like.

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The Ride-on product is not a bad deal. The original question was concerning green Slime which a different type. I install and balance tires and with all 'liquid' sealants the tire can not be balanced. The problem is the liquid never stays in the same spot and will throw the balance off.
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RideOn, not only is a sealant but, also is a balancer.
Two things about RideOn
1. Not for use in Wing wheels that are equiped w/TPMS.
2. Do not attempt to "plug" a tire w/RideOn installed:
a. Not required
b. Plug will probably work it's way out.
Check the web sight for full explanation of use and to see the "extra" benefits when using RideOn:
http://www.ride-on.com/
http://www.ride-on.com/tirecoverageplus24.html

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I agree with seebee don't use this stuff. It just don't work anyways.. Sally :roll:

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Had to use some a few months back...Worked very well. Probably put anoher 1000 miles on it before I got around to changing the tire. Bought a new one, don't want to trust a plug.
Anyway, it is messy, but no problems with heat or corrosion or anything like that. If you follow the directions, and run the tire right after you put it in you can avoid balance problems, etc.
One thing to watch out for tho, is stem problems. It can goop those up if you're not careful. IMHO -- the stuff is fine to use. Saved my butt when I ran a flat.

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I know this is an old thread but I feel compelled to add an update. I bought a "Barn Find" 00 GL1500SE with 49,000 miles on it in July. Putting new tires and wheel bearings on it as a safety precaution. When I dismounted the front tire it was full of mostly crystallized Green tire sealer. The outside of the rim was dirty but showed no signs of corrosion. The inside however was a different story. Pitting was so bad I will not be remounting this on any bike. NEVER USE GREEN SLIME tire sealer in an aluminum wheel unless you are going to clean it out almost immediately. Found a good used one on fleabay.
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Slime is okay for lawn equipment subject to thorns....
but those have Steel wheels, and the RPM is extremely slow.

at $10/repair for thorns, I have to use Slime in my lawn equipment.
we have Locust trees that have 2-3 inch long thorns, they puncture a hole, and slide right out, leaving me with a tire that goes flat every 24 hours.

I have never used Ride-On, but hear it is "okay"
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I used Ride-on ATV formula in my VT1100 with a car tire in the rear. Balanced both wheels perfectly and never had an issue with that.
I did get a big screw in the rear tire and the Ride-on did not seal it (even when the screw was still in it). I pulled the screw out and put a plug in it and rode it another 7000 miles till I sold it.
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AZgl1800 wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:23 pm
Slime is okay for lawn equipment subject to thorns....
but those have Steel wheels, and the RPM is extremely slow.

at $10/repair for thorns, I have to use Slime in my lawn equipment.
As you said in steel wheels is ok. I used slime in the mower and atv tires for years. Works great for thorns.

I used ride-on in my st1300 for a long trip. Didn’t have any flats but no punctures found either so inconclusive results. I don’t think it did a good job balancing anything and when I dismounted the tires the ride on was spread evenly around the tire but in a strip about 2-3” wide on the center of the tread. I don’t think it would seal any punctures that were other than in the center of the tread. I have not used it since as the cost and mess did not seem to be a good value to me.

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yeah,

those Locust Thorns are about 3 inches long, and will puncture a tire right at the edge of the tread where it starts rounding up to the sidewall...

even with Slime, it is going flat.

I put a full bottle in each tire. I want plenty of that stuff swashing around in there.
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I get a kick out of the Project Farm guy, and just happened to watch this one yesterday where he tests tire sealants.



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When I got it, my mower had Slime run in one tire for several years. It did cause the rim to rust badly. From my experience, it works pretty well for a year or two and then it stops working. I will not run the Slime any more. I strictly use Amerseal brand tire sealer. I haven't had any corrosion on either steel or aluminum rims. It's also a lot cheaper than Slime. It doesn't seem to be very cheap online, but I can buy it locally for about $12 for a 32 oz bottle.

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nwkwinger wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:42 am
When I got it, my mower had Slime run in one tire for several years. It did cause the rim to rust badly. From my experience, it works pretty well for a year or two and then it stops working. I will not run the Slime any more. I strictly use Amerseal brand tire sealer. I haven't had any corrosion on either steel or aluminum rims. It's also a lot cheaper than Slime. It doesn't seem to be very cheap online, but I can buy it locally for about $12 for a 32 oz bottle.
How’s the cleanup when you have to change tires?

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It's still messy, but cleans up pretty well with some water.



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