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I use the sticky ropes and have had good luck with them but here's a word of caution. My Taurus recently developed a bead leak due to corrosion on the aluminum wheel. I mention this because the slow bead leak caused me to run with very low tire pressure and then the sticky rope (which was in the center of the tread) also began leaking.


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thought of using Slime, Ride-On, Permaseal, Ultraseal... or similar product to assist the plug?

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Some tire shops want nothing to do with repairing a tire that has any of these products injected. There used to be a view that some of the products softened and damaged the rubber inside of the tire. There are even stories of explosions in tire shops as a result of certain products.

All of these products may have evolved since that time, but many shops still don't want to touch them.

Does anyone have the straight and up-to-date story on these products? I carry a rubber plug kit but I'm personally reluctant to use any of these injection products, although I suppose it would sure beat being stranded.

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They don't want to touch them because its slimy and gets over everything when you take the tyre off...
Been using Ultraseal or Slime for the past 5 years with great results
If I get it changed at a dealer I warn them beforehand about it so they know to expect it.
I've started changing my own so I don't have to worry about it.

Explosions sound like an urban myth... maybe they used hydrogen in their tyres and acetelyne torch to cut them off

Anecdotal evidence of the benefits of using a tyre sealant...
Round Australia trip in 2011, up in far north-west Australia (mining country) I had to get a spare rear I was carrying fitted. Local Honda everything dealer did it at a ridiculous cost, but everything is a ridiculous cost up there.
I asked the heavily tattooed mechanic (think Harley biker type) if he'd put a half bottle of Slime in the new rear... he said " Hey I know that stuff. Used to do the postie bikes and they'd come in once a week with punctures (very rough & hot roads up there) but then they started using that and we didn't see them for months...."

So, I'll keep using it happily, each to their own.

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Is there any reason you couldn't carry an inner tube to put in the tire to get you by a few hundred miles until you could get home on a long trip?

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Is there any reason you couldn't carry an inner tube to put in the tire to get you by a few hundred miles until you could get home on a long trip?
Ever try to break a bead on the road, not that easy.

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Ever try to break a bead on the road, not that easy.
Definitely a problem but maybe you could find a shop nearby that could remove the tire but they probably won't have a tire that will fit the rear tire of an LT. I had that problem coming home from CCR in South Dakota on Saturday afternoon.

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Ever try to break a bead on the road, not that easy.
Nor is reseating it.

In any event the tire/wheel would need to be dismounted to insert a tube. In addition, you'd have to find some method to remove the existing air valve so the tube's valve could come through. Those things don't come out easily and basically they are destroyed by removing. And of course if you're talking, say, an RT front wheel with the air valve in a wheel spoke, inserting a tube is simply impossible.

Just a tech aside--I'd worry about using a "slime" product if I had tire pressure monitoring.

Nope, the protocol is to externally plug the tire so you can get to a tire shop that can properly repair the puncture--which means always an internal patch.

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Just a tech aside--I'd worry about using a "slime" product if I had tire pressure monitoring.
Agreed, I think the 2 would be mutually exclusive...

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Just some information that I hope you never need
all bikes come with a built in "bead breaker"
it is called a side stand,
set it on top of the tire and pull the handlebars over, it works well,
you do need to put something under the rim so you don't warp the rotor,

When it comes to re-seating the bead,
all I can say is good luck with that.


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Just as a piece of "blast from the past" trivia, BMW used to offer a small toothpaste-size tube of tire lube to use to get the beads reseated ... obviously for tube-type tires on tube-type rims on Airheads. The part number has been discontinued for over 20 years now but I think the illustration is still on the parts fiche.

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There are "ways" to seat the bead (like with hairspray) but I personally don't recommend them.


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The sticky worms work great when installed correctly. (which is pretty easy) I would never again use a mushroom plug. The cords in the tire chew thru them and then the shaft pops out and the mushroom head falls into the tire. Then you have an immediate depressurization. I know, It happened to me twice.

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