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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-12-2014, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Slime - Friends NEVER let Friends USE IT

Well I got a chance, recently to find out just how bad SLIME tire sealant is on Aluminum motorcycle rims.
While switching my 1500 over to Darkside tires, Front and Rear, I noticed
that the previous owner decided to use a BUNCH of slime in both tires.

Let me encourage all of us who ride to NEVER use SLIME in our Goldwings, (or any other bike, for that matter). That stuff makes a sludgy, crusty, hard-to-remove mess and doesn't really seal all that well.
My front tire got so bad that it was losing 20 psi in 2 hours-so SLIME didn't do its job very well after a while. If a tire is leaking around the rim, take it off and clean the rim properly and reseat the tire. NEVER take the easy way out and put that nasty green SLIME stuff in your tires.

Back to my experience...My back tire was so badly pitted and also COVERED with hardened SLIME, it took close to 2.5 hours to get it to a salvageable state.
I won't say how I finished getting the rim back to normal, but getting the SLIME cleaned off took well over an hour. I had to use a flat bar scraper, a putty knife, 2) different grades of 4" brass wire wheels on my drill, and lots of sandpaper to get the rim back to normal. The SLIME made really stubborn hard spots and was difficult to get off the rim in many places. There was also a large amount of sludge inside the tire and attached to the rim.
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Double Darkside and loving it!!! Wish I had done it sooner! Wonderful combination for my 1500/sidecar rig.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-12-2014, 10:33 AM
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Yep, can’t stand the stuff. I worked for a golf course when I was in high school and college.I took care of the golf cart fleet. The guy that worked there before me used this stuff before it was called slime. It was pink then. He put it in so when a golf tee punctured the tire it would seal up.

I had to replace a lot of tires by hand and had to clean this crap up before I could put a new tire on the rim. At least it did not eat the steel rim like it does to the aluminum rims. There have been plenty of posts that if you do use this stuff to get home, replace the tire and get this stuff off your rim as soon as you can, or you will end up with the same problem you did. Me, I will take a good plug kit and a compressor any day.

There are some small cars sold these days without a spare. You get a can of slime!

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-12-2014, 11:06 AM
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Man, whoever did this really used a lot too.
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Glad I saw this post. I will NEVER use it in my tires!
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I'm afraid this could turn into another darkside or type-of-oil kind of thread. Google 'Slime' and you will get all kinds of testimonials for both sides!

I'd never use it in my Gold Wing, but am guilty of putting it in lawn mower, my old farm tractor, and my wife's Gator tires without issue. In fact, the John Deere dealer recommended it for the Gator and told me many use it in tractors and 4-wheelers without a problem.

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I spoke to one of the parts guys at my local Honda dealer and asked him if he sold Slime. He said his service guys would run him out of town if he ever sold it. They even charge double if they find Slime in a tire for repair and the customer doesn't tell them ahead of time they used it in their motorcycle tires.
Yes, some people use Slime in other applications, but for our Wings, it is a big mistake and will cause somebody a lot of extra work, with little benefit. Since this is primarily a Goldwing site, that is where my concern was and I mentioned that in my first post.

My old tire with the Slime in it did not hold air well at all. It even had little bubbles all around the rim, so I knew it was leaking, pretty much since I bought the bike.
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I won a Slime kit by accident at the auction at Nassir 3 and carried it around in the bike for a few years.Mostly for the compressor,but I thought you never know even though I carry plugs.I used to throw it in the atv when we were doing a trip also.Anyway I don't think I could have brought myself to use it in the bike tires,but the tires on my JD Lawn Tractor had cracked sidewalls so in it went.When the time comes I'll just buy the rims with the tires already on them just so I don't have to try and clean up that crap.

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Originally Posted by snowmoer View Post
There are some small cars sold these days without a spare. You get a can of slime!
Don't I know it!! Hyundai does this, and it pisses the customer's off something fierce!!


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Never in the wings tires but in the 4 wheeler tires it's a must.

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