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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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I recently installed a new front tire on my 1500. I have read many times not to use soap for mounting the bead because it can corrode the rims. I decided to try spray silicone. (Very slippery and safe for rubber and aluminum). Tire went on easily and both beads popped but the next day I noticed that the air pressure was down to 10 lbs. Aired it up and checked for leaks. It was leaking from a couple of spots at the bead. Dismounted and re-cleaned the bead and rim. Re-mounted using more silicone. Checked for leaks and now it was leaking all around the rim on both sides. Dis-mounted once more and cleaned the bead and rim with brake cleaner to remove all traces of the silicone. Re-mounted and now no leaks. I have been checking every day and so far no leaks. I will suggest that the silicone is just too slippery for using to mount a tire???

Tom

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