Slime

Discussion in 'Trials' started by 2whlrcr, May 19, 2017.

  1. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Anybody ever tried using slime, to seal pin hole leaks in the rear tubeless? I'm getting tired of pumping up my tires.
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  2. lineaway

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    I had a brand new tire at th Texas national. For lucks sake I bought a gallon of slime on the way there cuz it was cheap. As I handed in my card on the first loop someone commented on my flat tire. I went ro my pits and slimed both tires. The rsar leaked all ddy. So rhe next am I added more. I have not added air since. Do it.
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  3. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    The only thing that would stop me is how much of a disaster it'll be when it's time to mount a new tire. Which I can't answer... I've never changed a tubleless tire that had been slimed.
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  4. thetubespoke

    thetubespoke Been here awhile

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    Slime is known to be corrosive. I think it's not bad for long term use in tubes. Rideon is supposedly non-corrosive and really does not seem gross. It's more pricey but I'd give it a try.
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  5. lineaway

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    I have changed many slimed tires, none of which were mine. I will be removing said slime st the next tire change. Yes it is a mess. Just have some old rags around. The rim cleans rigjt up.
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    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Mountain biking friend was telling me that slime is old school. Way better products out there. But I don't know what they use.
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  7. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    I went tubeless on my new mountain and road bicycles. The bike shop did them and uses some pink stuff, that they say is the best. I saw the bottle, but can't remember the name. They used to use Stan's No Tubes (Which is local here.), but this is better. I'll have to ask him the brand?
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  8. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I've used Stan's and the latest sealant was Orange Seal on my bicycle wheels. Slime seems a little thicker and figure it works better for potentially larger holes on a motorcycle and it's cheaper than the others.
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  9. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    During my extensive bike setup, slime has been a to-do, front and rear. Flat tires are a bigger 'disaster' than than having to clean something up, and I've a pressure washer handy, always.

    Corrosive? Never had corrosion caused by a Slime-type substance. Water trapped in spoke-nipple-exposed rims, yes. Modern rear rims are solid anodized aluminum with no exposed steel spokes or a sealing band. Just continuous alumina (anodize) surface, which is very corrosion resistant.

    I had one problem in a decade of using Slime. The Fantic I used for the ACM class Western Regional Nationals title this year had Slime fibers plug the front valve stem, twice. It was so plugged the valve stem would not come out. Very irritating!

    I'm switching to Quadboss ATV sealer, as it was recommended by my D Squared Beta dealership friends and I bought a bottle from them. I've ordered it in a gallon, as I always do, because I have a ranch and way too many tires.

    On the first test ride (like, 15 minutes) after assembling my new 2017 Sherco I ran over something. I moved the bike next day and found both tires dead flat! Argh! Sadly, that event was pre sealer. I'll remove the front tire and patch the tube, then pump in sealer. The tubeless rear tire is such a pain to mess with it'll just do sealer.
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  10. Limbman

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    Let me know how the Quadboss works out. We have no shortage of "nasty desert thorn monsters" here in Nevada.
    I used to slop around in Crocks until having a couple go through the sole and staple my foot into the shoe :imaposer
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  11. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    I've never used Slime in my Trials bike but I've seen a few rear tires come off the rim that had slime in them. I agree regular Slime is outdated, one of the newer products is Slime Pro.
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  12. lineaway

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    Slime is about out dated like inner tubes that actually use air. :imaposer
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  13. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Tube- and tubeless-type Slime, and now Slime Pro? I feel like a cold war escapee from Communism standing frozen in a Western store, locked up because there are 32 brands of soap to have to choose from.
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  14. Buschog

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    Will slime or any of the variants work in the bead area or around the valve stem? I have a rough patch about 1.75" long at the bead sealing surface of my rear tire. I didn't think it was too bad but it's letting air out at a pretty decent clip.

    I can pull the tire back off and try to braze the area with low temp aluma-weld (like solder for aluminum) to smooth the area out and build it up some.
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    I had that problem last week at Walmart. I needed Corn Huskers hand lotion in a bad way as the mud we were working with was so nasty. Anyway I was just bewildered by all the rows of nothing but body wash. Turns out the lotion was over in the cosmetics. I was so confused.
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  16. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    My go-to hand lotion, mineral oil.

    Try finding not-baby-butt scented mineral oil! It's way over, away from the stinky bottles with pink text, in Pharmacy because it's an "intestinal lubricant", whatever the heck that is.

    I use the stuff frequently for dry skin. Very simple, effective, lasting, and no smells.
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  17. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    This sounds like a split in the rim! In that case it'll TIG weld to get by, but why not get a set of new spokes, a new rim, and fix her up?

    Slime-ish stuff will seal a leaky band and stem, and even rim, as long as those leaks are small enough to jam up with fibers.
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  18. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    The bad spot looks like corrosion eating down into the wheel s bit. I think I can gring it out and then brave it back up. At least that's what I'm going to try before I buck up that much cash.
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  19. VxZeroKnots

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    Stans or orange seal here. Works on mtbs, motos, and trials bikes. Clean up is a one or two paper towel job and i forget what chemical they took out but earlier stand and slime will corrode annodized aluminum. I think it was maybe chlorene? Ill have to ask someone next time im at the bike shop.
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  20. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    The '80s TY 350s with gold-bling anodizing had big corrosion problems just with the water trapped in the rims. I had a TY350 with 1/3rd the rims gone on the hidden side by the time I discovered the problem!

    Not all anodizing is the same at protecting the aluminum substrate, and a tire tool gouge will expose the substrate.

    Grinding out and sealing with multiple coats of clear spray lacquer will stabilize things.
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