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post #1 of 22 Old 04-28-2014, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Before I get hazed, no I don't put that crap in my tires. I did however buy a kit at Walmart that had a 12v compressor and a can of the aforementioned crap. Threw the can away, then installed my 12v outlet today. I let most of the air out of my tire and then fired the compressor up. After a couple minutes I stopped the compressor and checked my pressure. 40 PSI, holy cow that was fast. I let the air down to 16 psi, then timed the pump for 2 minutes, checked the PSI and it was at 36. All in all I'm extremely happy with my $12 purchase!


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post #2 of 22 Old 04-28-2014, 08:50 PM
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I've used fix a flat in the past. Always carry it. I have had the can fail but also have had success. It can get you down the road to home or to a friendlier place. Not something to rely on though. Probably better saved for tube tires since they can require a little work to repair. It's nice to have options when traveling. In Baja I used it to limp into La Paz one night where I had my tire patched on the inside by the local experts. I would drive 20 miles and stop and give it a squirt and drive another 20 as it was losing pressure slowly. I remember they charged $7 for the repair. (1992 prices)

I've also donated my can to a motorcyclist who was looking for a way to help his buddy with a flat back at their campsite.

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Nice to buy a quality Chinese product at Wally World, eh?
I watched in amusement as a fellow loaded up a tube tire and drove off with Flat Fix boiling out of his tire.
I like the worms for punctures.
I got a compressor at some Ace hardware store for 12 bucks with a 12 dollar rebate. How 'bout them, apples?
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Fix-a-flat saved my bacon before I knew to carry a proper repair kit:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...flat-tire.html

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I put ride-on in the tires of all my vehicles - cars, bikes, ATVs, etc. I've never had any issues, and its worked at least once. I picked up a nail in the rear tire of my K1600 - didn't notice until I was getting ready to take the bike out again a couple days later, and tire pressure was still good. I replaced the tire, but it got me home.

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ride-on works for us, too. i got a nail last year in rear tire on the vee, away from home. pulled nail out a bit and the ride-on started gurgling to seal. pushed nail back in. ordered a tire from a local shop, continued to ride bike gingerly 'til tire came in the next day.

i now have a hole in rear tire of the wee. the ride-on has oozed out super slowly for several weeks. i checked tire pressure today and down a few psi. i finally got around to ordering a tire for it this past weekend. Plus, the ride-on balances the tires nicely.

just got new tires for both vees, ordered and installed ride-on.

oh, and we tried using slime on an aero i had-fail. had to pay a guy to trailer it home, and was glad he was there to offer.

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Not to turn this into a Ride-on thread, but after the above experience, I did some research and went with ultra-seal. Never had a bad experience since, and the only plugging I have done was of a nail spotted in the tire in the garage, I.e., no air loss. And, perfect balance, no weights.

Alas, I don't think I can use ultra-seal on my new bike with tire pressure monitoring, and there is something like a 2oz. slug of lead on the rim opposite the TPS.

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I use this kit along with that little Walmart tire Compressor


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Alas, I don't think I can use ultra-seal on my new bike with tire pressure monitoring, and there is something like a 2oz. slug of lead on the rim opposite the TPS.
I'm not familiar with ultra-seal, but ride-on works fine with TPMS. My K1600 has factory TPMS, and I added a Doran system to my Wee.

I carry the same plug kit as Rick, along with a Slime compressor.

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I'm not familiar with ultra-seal, but ride-on works fine with TPMS. My K1600 has factory TPMS, and I added a Doran system to my Wee.

I carry the same plug kit as Rick, along with a Slime compressor.
Ultraseal Tire Sealant - Puncture Repair

Cool. The site says US can be used with tpms. Now, the question is do I want to inflict the mess on the dealer tech or keep changing my own tires. I think I'll wait a while before making that decision.

I carry a stop-an-go kit and slime compressor. Have used the plugs twice - once on my Wee once on a friends bike. No issues after many miles. Still, i think I'll try the Neely plugs next time I have reason to purchase. Highly recommended on a number of sites.

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