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Old 02-03-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
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fix-a-flat?

has anyone used fix-a-flat in a tube type MC tire? The can says that it can be used for ATV's but not MC's. So what is the difference between ATV tubes and MC tubes, that make fix-a-flat incompatable?
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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I used some in a HD front tube one time because I didn't want to screw around with patching it right then. I was lazy.
I don't why it leaked in the first place but I finally took that tube out of service after approx 35,000 miles and many tire changes.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:25 PM   #3
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I used a can last summer after puncturing a tire & tube with a nail. Didn't work. Held pressure for maybe 2 minutes?? Luckily, I was no more than a couple miles from a motorcycle shop.

Shoulda had tire tools and a patch kit - routine repair items in my tank bag now.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:00 PM   #4
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Prolly have that on the can for liability reasons.

If you are lucky, fix a flat will get you home; if you are unlucky, you still have a flat AND a tire/tube full of yuck.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:23 PM   #5
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Fix-a-Flat will not repair any hole in any tube at any time. Period. The problem is this: when you add air to the tube, the hole expands, and not amount of latex goop is going to seal the leak. Not only will you not be able to use the tire, the ammonia suspension that holds the latex before being dispensed is corrosive, and will do nasty things to your nice alloy wheels. I spend waaaay too much time at work cleaning this crap out of tires that I have to patch because it didn't work.
If you're in your car and a can of Fix-a-Flat is the difference between getting home and not, then by all means use it, but on a bike it's just not a good solution.
Get the proper tools and learn how to do your tires yourself. Not only will you know your machine better, but you'll have the peace of mind that comes with being able to carry on in the event of a flat. That'll be nice should it happen at night. In the middle of nowhere. In the rain.

Sorry to rant. I do tires for a living, and I'd like to slap the shit out of whoever invented this stuff.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:06 PM   #6
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Yuck - dont even think about using it - plug it to get to a shop then get a new tire.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:55 PM   #7
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Yuck - dont even think about using it - plug it to get to a shop then get a new tire.
I saw a guy try to plug a tubed tire one time, it didn't work out so well for him.
I haul a can of fix a flat and just use it in emergencies. One time it did seal a nail puncture for a couple days but it's not a repair, just something to get you to where it's more convenient to deal with. Forget about using it for a pinch flat.
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Old 02-03-2008, 07:25 PM   #8
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What Bigger Al said. +1
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:12 PM   #9
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I can change tubes no problem, I just hate carrying spare tubes. I was hoping FAF would work fine. What about that slime stuff? It says its usable in inner tubes and they sell it at moto shops. Hey my mom lives near auburn (like you care or would know her)
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:15 PM   #10
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I can change tubes no problem, I just hate carrying spare tubes. I was hoping FAF would work fine. What about that slime stuff? It says its usable in inner tubes and they sell it at moto shops.
So, you're really looking to piss off Bigger Al even more, huh?

Some people love Slime, some dont.....
You can do a search for Slime on this site.
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:48 PM   #11
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So, you're really looking to piss off Bigger Al even more, huh?

Some people love Slime, some dont.....
You can do a search for Slime on this site.

Slime isn't a bad idea in ATV tires, but I've never seen any evidence that it works on motorcycle tires. It's heavy stuff, and adding that much extra gelatinous mass to a rotating wheel is asking for trouble. Besides, a bottle of Slime is about the same size as a new tube. I only carry one tube that'll work in both tires. That will at least get me either home or back to camp to do a proper repair.
As Lone Rider said, some guys swear by it.................personally I'll take my chances with my ability to do the repair roadside and be done with it.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:51 PM   #12
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Did you just revive a 5 year old thread?
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Carnation Condensed Milk in a small slim bottle dispenser works great, for cactus wounds.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:19 AM   #14
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fix-a-flat; the active ingredient in Viagra?
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