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  • nohuhu
    Maybe slime is not such a bad idea- unless it etches the aluminum rims near your valve/bead over time.


    Nope

    https://www.slime.com/us/blog/5-tire-sealant-myths-busted.php

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    John Schwartz
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  • Slime - we use it EXTENSIVELY in central Texas - cactus that punches through radial tires... I don't know about the aluminum, but can testify it'll eat the paint off of painted rims. Typical paint anyways.

    Tires are cheap - $36: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Nanco-N800-21-12-8/55346860

    Was going to just use large, tire commercial patches on the outside, but that would end up being about $20 for the glue and the patches... $75, delivered for a new set of tires ain't bad...

    Trick is, you have to watch Wally World as the price fluctuates, and to keep price down have them delivered to store, for free. I have to change mine. Don't know if I want that evidence on tape... I guess for posterity, and science... I've had luck with the tourniquet method; we'll see and I'll report back on my Cat Trax tune-up.

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    Chuck C.
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  • Looks like this is one we should use for our tubeless tires.
    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2217/0259/products/10183_16oz_front_1024x1024.jpg?v=1554748722

    https://shop.slime.com/pr…d?variant=14223866691650

    And as usual, you need to read the fine-fine print. For example:

    Myth No. 5: Tire sealant is not safe for my wheel rims
    Busted! Slime tire sealant is specially formulated with rust and corrosion inhibitors that work to protect the integrity of your finished metal rims. In automobiles, we recommend removing the tire sealant and repairing your flat tire within 3 days or 100 miles. In non-highway vehicles (such as bicycles, ATVs, trailers, farm equipment, etc.), Slime’s tire sealant will prevent flats for up to 2 years without causing damage to your rims.

    And yet:

    Will Slime damage my rims?
    If pre-existing damage is present, we do not recommend using Slime. Do not leave Slime inside your tires for more than 2 years. After that time, we cannot guarantee the integrity of your rims. Slime’s Emergency Tire Sealant formula is intended to be used as a temporary emergency repair in passenger vehicles.

    What happens to Slime’s sealants after 2 years?

    Slime sealant is a liquid that may dry out over long periods of time. For maximum puncture protection and optimal performance, we recommended that Slime be replaced after 2 years. For most tires and tubes, this will also be the time period for replacement due to wear and tear.

    https://storage.googleapis.com/slime-com/uploads/Busted.jpg

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    Prindle 18
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  • Here's an update on the repair attempts so far:

    -The leak was not from the valve, and I decided to install a tube and be done with it.
    -Breaking the bead is a pia. Checked inside tire and rim for burrs or sharp objects. None found. Pia.
    -Tube $30 from Murray's. Installed tube on my own. Pia. "Small" tire hard to work with. Hard to not pinch tube.
    -Inflated tube to 10 psi. Held air for 10 minutes, then deflated. Three hours invested so far. Tube no longer holds air.
    -Frustrated. Tire work on anything other than a bike tire belongs to tire shops. Bought slime. Slimed tube. Didn't work.
    -Drank beer. Ordered entire new rim and tire assembly, $169. Fantasized about how best to destroy the old one.
    -Awaiting new tire. Race in two days. Bought new valve stem. Removed slimed tube. Will attempt to install new valve, seat bead, and slime tire in order to race.

    If I had it to do over again, I would slime it in a heartbeat and be done with it.



    Edited by mookie on Jul 15, 2019 - 04:28 PM.

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    Falcon F-16
    Taipan 4.9
    S2 7.9
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  • ~~ I've been watchin this post..... I got a tube from Murrays. No problem and it is a pain in the Arse. You must'av pinched it... I filled mine to 20+ lbs to seat the tire, then let some air out to 10 lbs... Still holding air !!! In my opinion slime is the worst but hey, people like it ~~ I've done most of my Trl tires by hand on the garage floor~~~~~



    Edited by popeyez7 on Jul 15, 2019 - 06:14 PM.

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    and other toys.......
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  • Yeah, I probably pinched the tube.
    Here's the next update:
    -Installed new valve stem, under 60 seconds
    -Lubed rim and tire with dish soap, hooked up air, lifted tire and easily seated bead in under 60 seconds.
    -Soaped tire, did not find leak at first, but found it while rinsing tire. Small pin hole in side wall.
    -Slimed the tire, sealed the pinhole.
    Some things to consider: these tires will never do over 10 mph or 10 psi, so most cautions are probably moot. It's a quick fix that will last a looong time, and is without consequence if it fails. It's a different scenario for cars. Also, these tires are not high speed steel belted radials, so maybe plugging them is an option if you don't like slime. Not sure if the sidewall is strong enough for a plug, though.

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    Falcon F-16
    Taipan 4.9
    S2 7.9
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  • ~~ My tire had some cracks in it... Tried to put a patch on it , 3 of them using the rubber cement... It didn't work, so I did the tube thingy~~~~~~~~~~

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    ~ Vietnam Vet 69-71~ 17 Hobie w/big jib, ~18 Hobie mag,~DN Ice sailor,
    and other toys.......
    ~~ I live in NY state on the north shore of Oneida lake in
    Bernhards Bay. ~~~~~~
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  • Mookie, I had another club member tell me the same story this weekend. New tubes did not hold air after setting bead, rims were rusty, etc, etc,..

    He was looking for used cattrax for sale and swearing he would only buy plastic wheels for his H16 from now on.

    Everyone should read this thread and be advised.

    (BTW, new rims and assemblies usually come with proper valve stems installed).

    https://floridasailcraft.com/w/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/792_9251-600x600.jpg

    https://floridasailcraft.…-accessories/catamarans/

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    Prindle 18
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