Slime Compressor

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  1. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Ouch that's a big 1,a plug and tiny compressor probably made quick work of that,onward to your destination!
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    It just took one plug; the screw was long but only 1/4" OD.
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    Glad to hear only one took care of it. Never had a flat on a tubeless tire so just wondering what to expect if the inevitable is encountered.
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  6. 8lives

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    The plugs really work well,I've used a few and no worries
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  7. seniorasi

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    How many miles have you run them without tire replacement? Also wondering what speeds you can run with a plug in?
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  8. 8lives

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    Can't give you exact miles but I found my 650R Ninja had a plug in it when I put a new tire on,my r6 had a tire I was trying to get more life out of with a plug in it and when I put a new tire on it got a puncture right away so I plugged it until I could fund a new tire,all that said I probably have too much faith in them but I ride a lot and really try to watch things close,so use them to get home at least,save you from trying to find a way home,oh and I have a patched tube somewhere on my KLR.
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    Oh and I forgot about speeds,I'm a speed limit kinda guy,my license is my job so I don't go fast.
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    i bought the same slime compressor in the thread starter pic. the first one didnt want to get much about 20psi, so i returned it for another, same problem, the needle bouced while its airing up, when it stops airing the needle holds steady.

    2 for 2 i think i'm gonna try the airman pump next, if that fails me i'll just keep using the mini foot pump, i just wanted to step up to electric.
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  11. p0diabl0

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    Try it on your car as well as your bike, I eventually realized my charging system is borked when it wouldn't push over 20 psi. :lol3
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    The guage on mine is wonky; I keep a pencil type gauge handy to double check the pressure.
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    didnt try it on the auto but i did run it with the bike idling with no change. good idea to try it elsewhere justin case.

    i thought about a wonky dial, so tested it with guage and sure enough, not pumping.

    i will update my findings after a test.

    edit: yup, just wanted more power. put it on the car battery and it was better, fired up the car and it was even better still.
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  14. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    That's good to know. Though doesn't do a lot of good if it won't work on the bike..
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    yeah, went out to the bike and it will do 30 psi if i hold a hi idle for the alternator.

    gonna try a couple other pumps before i write off the electric thing.
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  16. 8lives

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    I got mine out of 1 of those jump start boxes,I gutted the unit seemed it wasn't working right,got a good battery a pump that will bring a tire up to 32psi,tried it on some cruiser I helped recently,the pump may not last but I carry a small hand pump as a spare,I can't bring myself to buy and carry CO2 cartridges,you can buy a pretty fancy hand pump for the price and they make hand pumps that can also accept CO2 cartridges.
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  17. 8lives

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    Hand pump my friend,don't go down the CO2 trail.Just my though,hand pump never runs outta air,and its good exercise.
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    These things are all made in China. The way that works is that a given village has a few factories that all produce related objects and other nearby villages probably have some overlap too. Slime does not own a factory of it's own in China and neither does Sparrow, those are marketing organizations here in the USA that send a list of new product Specifications to jobber shops in China, who engineer and produce the requested item(s). This is all for efficiency and economies of scale and labor. One factory often produces, in this case portable tire pumps, one type of objects in slightly different configurations for a slew of foreign clients who merely differentiate their products by the industrial design packaging. So yes, there's a good reason that the guts are all the same ingredients w/ slightly different layouts.

    If anyone wants a faster pump, then they're going to have to buy a unit w/ a larger volume pump, which will draw more current faster. That of course means your tiny, wimpy moto battery might get flat-lined.

    If anyone wants better performance from these little moto-appropriate pumps, try refitting your pump innards to an aluminum plate and a wire mesh screen that protects the innards -- the cooler it stays, the better it will perform as long as it's not sucking dust and debris into its intake.

    I happen to use one of the old Slime's, which I chose over its competitors because of the longer hose, the positive valve clamp, its compact size, and the variety of included power connection options. I ride my R12GS as an enduro, so it gets used as intended and on dry dusty roadsides -- it has worked without fail for 8 years. Yes, it is slow, but I use the 5 - 7 minutes to take my tires from 22 lbs up to 41 lbs as an opportunity to change my riding gear, drink water, pee, check my payload, and any other wise moto maintenance of the moment.
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    i have already gone down the co2 road, and its not bad for getting the tire started then topping up with a pump.

    i also dont mind the slow times for such a small pump, lots of things to do while it fills.

    i have been carrying a mini foot pump for years and it works a treat, just trying out the electric options.
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  20. 8lives

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    I am not sure why I have a bad attitude about CO2 but they get me all wound up,musta got chased in a dream or something.
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