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Fix-a-Flat in tubeless tire

Has anyone had a problem with Fix-a-Flat to inflate a tire after a plug repair on the road or at home? Is this a good way to get rolling again? I'm wondering if Fix-a-Flat should be in my tool kit. One of the local dealers wants $40 to remove sealant from tubeless rim. What is this all about? Any experience with this? Thanks.
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There's a thread about this here:

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9660

Might want to jump in...
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Don't use Fix-a-Flat in your bike tires unless it is a last resort-emergency type of situation.

Go to Wal-mart and buy one of those "Sticky string" tire plug kits, and a 12 volt mini air compressor.
And BEFORE you get a flat, go here and buy yourself some Ride-On sealant to put in the tire:
http://www.ride-on.com/prod_mot.asp

This stuff does not make a mess........ (almost makes the above Wal-mart items useless),....and is approved by most shops that Hate fix-a-flat or Slime tire sealers.

I know Goldwing riders that swear by Ride-On...and I and more do also.
AND...if you are needing new tires anyway...go with Rhinotire treated tire from these fine folks:
http://www.rhinotire.com/

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Has anyone had a problem with Fix-a-Flat to inflate a tire after a plug repair on the road or at home? Is this a good way to get rolling again? I'm wondering if Fix-a-Flat should be in my tool kit. One of the local dealers wants $40 to remove sealant from tubeless rim. What is this all about? Any experience with this? Thanks.
I don`t presently have anything but air in my tires, but I like what I have heard and read about Ride-On. Another site to check is www.stopngo.com . they have various patch kits for both tubed and tubeless tires.

They also have another option for airing up a tire with a pump built into a 5-6' long hose, that screws into a spark plug opening in one of your bikes cylinders. It uses the compression from the bike to operate the pump, which pumps fresh air into the tire, not combustion gasses. It will work with any bike with two or more cylinders. I remember using one similar on my uncles farm, 40+ years ago, in the pick-up truck and in just a few minutes it had pumped up the tire.

One guy I read, said he always carried at least 2 ways to patch a tire and 3 ways to air one up. That may be more redundancy than we need to always carry, but if you are riding far from home it may be wise to do.

You have lots of options now to choose from, to stay away from slime and fix-a-flat.

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Thanks for the good advice, guys. I'll forget the fix-a-flat.
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Sorry to Hi-Jack, but I have a Slow Leak in my rear tire (If I don't check for a few weeks it gets down to 20 PSI (I'm not riding it cause its always broke, as am i, so it is frequently low.) I cannot find any source of the leak and was wondering what if anything I could stick in there to prevent the leak. Would this ride-on be suitable? Keep in mind it would be a fix until I NEED a tire change, which should be at least half a year or 6000 miles, these tires are pretty new.
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Sorry to Hi-Jack, but I have a Slow Leak in my rear tire (If I don't check for a few weeks it gets down to 20 PSI (I'm not riding it cause its always broke, as am i, so it is frequently low.) I cannot find any source of the leak and was wondering what if anything I could stick in there to prevent the leak. Would this ride-on be suitable? Keep in mind it would be a fix until I NEED a tire change, which should be at least half a year or 6000 miles, these tires are pretty new.

Are you sure the valve isent leaking, put some spit on it and look for bubbles, if so, thats an easy fix.
Sometimes tires leak around the rim, let it down and air it back up.
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If it's not the valve, there are products made specifically to seal bead leaks. Check with a tire store, auto parts store, etc.

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Are you sure the valve isent leaking, put some spit on it and look for bubbles, if so, thats an easy fix.
Sometimes tires leak around the rim, let it down and air it back up.
Air the tire up and try wetting it with a little liquid dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle. You can usually see bubbles on the tire or around the edge of the rim, unless it is a really slow leak.

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its a really slow leak. I've already tried looking for leaks via soapy water. I am starting to think it might be the stem as I could see how it might get bent or whatever to get the air chuck on to fill it up. I know I had to use one with a 45 on it because of the awkward angle required to reach the stem.
i'll try airing it down and replace the valve core maybe that will help. then I can look for that bead sealing stuff (its safe for motorcycle tires?)
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