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My front tire had a very small hole. Instead of using an injection I bought the Slime sealant. The way the product works is

1. Remove the valve core.
2. Pour into the tire about 8oz.
3. Install the core
4. Fill with air to spec pressure.

The product runs though the inside of the tire. When there's a hole, the product slips through it and the heat of the outside of the tire and the road hardens the product so it seals the hole.

After using it I have to say that it really works, and fast. Now, the tire has to be hot for it to work. Once it's added you'll probably have to ride for about 15 minutes then re fill the tire with air.

The cap of the sealant doubles as a valve core remover.

I definitely recommend it. It should be used whenever the tires are changed for new ones.

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I've heard that it'll ruined rims. Especially ours cause there aluminum, was gonna use it once,but was inform about it messing up aluminum. Good luck.
 

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I'm pretty sure it will mess up steel rims because of the moisture causes rust. Since our rims are aluminum i think its fine
 

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Seems like over time we've seen wheel troubles from that sort of fix. Its not unusual.

The Slime website has warnings buried inside smoke-and-mirror paragraphs. For example:

Go to: http://www.slime.com/us/faq.php and click on category: General Information.
I’ve heard Slime will ruin my rims, is that true?
Our Slime Sealant for tubeless tires is formulated with rust and corrosion inhibitors as well as a pH buffer making the product more alkaline. All of these ingredients work to protect the integrity of your rim. It is important to note there are factors which can allow damage to occur in spite of this. If you want to err on the side of caution, you can use Slime as a roadside repair. All you need is Slime and an air compressor! Slime can have an adverse effect on certain types of aluminum rims. Because alloys differ, it is difficult to predict how Slime will react with your rims specifically. Over the years, though, we have found that older rims are more susceptible to damage from Slime. Make sure that, if you have tubeless tires, you are using our tubeless formula. Our inner tube formula does not contain rust and corrosion inhibitors. Do not leave Slime inside your tires for more than 2 years. After that time, we cannot guarantee the integrity of your rims. If pre-existing damage is present, we do not recommend using Slime.


Go to: http://www.slime.com/us/faq.php and click on category: Tire Sealant.
I have low profile tires, can I use Slime?
Yes, try the yellow TPMS Safe Tire Sealant if your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Slime also makes spare emergency flat tire repair kits that feature a tire inflator to air up the tire and slime to seal the puncture. Please use Slime only as an emergency repair on any passenger vehicle tire. A passenger vehicle tire treated with Slime should be taken to a tire repair shop at your earliest convenience for a permanent repair. Please tell your repair specialist that Slime is in the tire and ask for an RMA approved repair.
 

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it's a big no-no over here ...

the motorbike tyre companies that put professional bungs in tyres by taking the tyre off and inserting the bung from the inside can't glue it when that stuff has been used

they ask if this stuff has been used and if so... flatly refuse to do the job now adays... citing that they can't be sure to clean the inside surface well enough to ensure the all important glue bonding

better imo to put a temp bung in and then run it to one of the pros to save the tyre
 

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That's gotta be frustrating.

YES!!! What he states^^^^!! I worked in the tire and auto service ind. and the boys in the shop also agree. They also want to punch people that use this in the face because how big of a PITA it is to clean up.

Doc I never considered the interference between the goo and the correct plug adhesive, so once its been used it seems that's the end of the tire and the only thing you can do is add even more slime next time . . . is that right?

it's a big no-no over here ...

the motorbike tyre companies that put professional bungs in tyres by taking the tyre off and inserting the bung from the inside can't glue it when that stuff has been used

they ask if this stuff has been used and if so... flatly refuse to do the job now adays... citing that they can't be sure to clean the inside surface well enough to ensure the all important glue bonding

better imo to put a temp bung in and then run it to one of the pros to save the tyre
 

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I had a t-rex when i was a little younger and just before driving back to Quebec from Nova Scotia (1400 kms) I found that I had a slow leak in the front of one of my tires. so I decided to try slime as I did not want to have any trouble on the way back. Big Mistake. Up to 50 mph everything worked fine but as soon as I hit a little over 50 I developed a bad shake up front like the tire was completely unbalanced. After around 40 km I found a garage that did tire work and stopped. they took the tire off the rim got rid of all the slime found the slow leak and fixed it properly and 30 minutes later I was back on the road with no balance issues even at 160kph.

I would never use this stuff again in an on road vehicle under any circumstances. It does however work well in ATV's and tractors where the speeds are lower and tire balance is not an issues. but this is just my opinion
 

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I had changed my tires a month ago only to find previous owner had put the slime in and failed to tell me about it. My buddy who got to find that out himself was not happy as you would figure it made a nice mess for him. But riding the bike I did not notice any difference in the ride. No wobbles or unbalanced feeling at all. In my opinion if you get a leak and need to use it to get home then by all means use it. It beats trying to find someone with a truck or trailer to get you home. O then would plug it properly. Too many things can go wrong when you ride a bike and to add an unnecessary what if I don't feel it's worth it. My opinion though. All have safe rides.
 

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I didn't expect so much debate over this product. I've posted the description and specs of it and also another product which (I believe is better but wasn't available) is designed for Motorcycle use specifically.

I want to address some points briefly.

1. If I get a nail in a tire I would prefer to just pull it out and continue riding than to wait for 1hr for road assistance. Many plans offer limited miles and/or number of services, which I would rather save for a crash or something substantial, not a nail in a tire.

Also for safety purposes, since the exact time in which you get a nail in a tire can't be foreseen, I wouldn't want to be on twisties attacking lean angles with a deflated tires. Hence used for prevention.

I believe Ride On is better and it hydro balances too. Better than Dyna beeds; it does both things.

2. If you commute on the bike (which I do) or are a regular rider, you'll probably change tires every 1yr or at the very least before the 2yr mark, which the product states is good for.

3. Moisture- yes, is bad for rims but air contains moisture. Moisture is basically unavoidable, unless you fill you tires with Nitrogen. Want to avoid moisture, call Slime and ask is the sealant can be used with Nitrogen filled tires. (Which I can only suppose it would be)

4. When you change tires remember to tell your shop that the product is inside the tire. It is water soluble; they should be able to wash it off. Motorcycle tires only use 8oz.

5. Regarding the shaking/ unbalanced tire: you probably added to much. I've let go of my bars at 80mph and no shaking.

6. There is a Tubed and Tubless version. Buy the correct one. Tubed has no corrosion preventive properties; Tubeless does.

That is all. I bought some angled valve stems which I'll be installing and reviewing. I'll do that in about a month. Then I'll decide whether I stick with Slime (pun intended) or try Ride On.

On a pinch, with a flat tire, 150 miles away with $13.99 + $ .50 of air... in 5 min I was able to solve my problem, get back on the road and back home safely.

BTW!!! This product is NOT a Fix-a-Flat type sealant. It is meant to remain in its slime form inside the tire. It only hardens when in comes in contact the road's hot temperature. It is not sticky foam like Fix-a-Flat.

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hahah yes...debate is what we do so well.... no one is mean or a troll here ... we say things we know or believe to help ...i'm sure of that here in particular

plus we are all adults ...we can read ...not read... make an informed decision ..it's all win win :)
 

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UPDATE:

I thought I would change the front tire a month after using this product but I ran it until last weekend.
I changed the tire myself so I am now in a better position to assess the product.
I basically stay by what I've stated so far but I'd like to add a caveat:

As you can see, I ran the sealant in the tire for many months. In that time my tire got a tiny puncture or two which I noticed because the sealant was sprayed on the fender and the frame. In that regard it does what is meant to do.

Now the bad stuff.... The sealant remains in liquid form inside the tire and when your changing the tire you need to get it out. The product is very slippery and it can easily make a mess.
I don't see why a shop would make such a big fuss about it but when changing your tire with tire irons it could be an inconvenience.

After I broke the bead and separated the tire, I hosed down the tire and then proceeded to remove the tire. Cleaning the product out is certainly an extra step but it's not going to take 30 more minutes.
I don't know the condition of the rim before I used the Slime but I just cleaned the rim with soap and water and that was it. It didn't have more rust specs than the outside of the rim.
Would I use it again??? In a pinch yes but it would not be my first choice.

Right now I'm trying Ride-On Sealant. I didn't balance the wheel, just used the Sealant to test it's hydrobalancing capabilities. I'll be writing about it later.

I'd give Slime a 7/10.


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I only ever use this stuff in bicycle tubes. Never on my warrior. I usually carry a plug kit and a small 12v compressor, depending on the ride. Especially after hearing a mechanic tell another customer they can either come pick up their rim and clean it, then bring it back, or they can leave it there, they will clean and charge them $350 for the labor of cleaning the rim. I'll just avoid that part altogether.
 

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I only ever use this stuff in bicycle tubes. Never on my warrior. I usually carry a plug kit and a small 12v compressor, depending on the ride. Especially after hearing a mechanic tell another customer they can either come pick up their rim and clean it, then bring it back, or they can leave it there, they will clean and charge them $350 for the labor of cleaning the rim. I'll just avoid that part altogether.
I'm taking that comment from the mechanic at face value and I really believe "that mechanic is a CRYBABY", and if that's his take on it, he should be out of business.

I don't know there, but here changing and balancing a motorcycle tire cost $45 ($30 changing the tire/ $15 balancing), and that's taking the wheel to the shop.

There is no reason why it should be that expensive. It's done by the same machinery used to change that car tires which, BTW, cost half as much.

When you take you car to Pep boys or AutoZone and you don't see them turning you away because you have Slime or Fix a flat in your tires.

Changing a motorcycle tire takes as much time as a normal tire too.

The only way his complaint would be reasonable is if he charges less than $20 to change a tire.

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every shop i have worked at charges extra if a tire has it in it and every tire guy i have worked with bitches about the stuff i would never use it myself fix it right with a patch plug
 
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