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    Arizona Cactus and tubes....

    Hey all - going to be moving to Tempe AZ this OCT/NOV and was wondering about the goat heads and other prickly things down in the desert- is the slime the way to go on tires and really, does it work? other options? I really do not like changing tubes- especially on the dub~! Also looking for new friends to ride with on the trails, fire roads and anything not too crazy~!
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    RideOn Tire Sealant, better than slime in my opinion. Features minimal clean up after a flat ( that is if you ever notice) plus adds balancing benefits.
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    +1 for the Ride-On sealant. But if you find a nail in your tire while out on the trail, leave it in till you get home!
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    +2 for for Ride on. I used to live in Northern AZ (Holbrook 3-4 hours from tempe) so I am not a desert rider but a mountain/high plain biker. There are a ton of great places to ride in Navajo/Apache county. Every rider should do the Coronado trail (Springerville AZ to Clifton AZ) 120 miles with over 450 turns beautiful ride through the forest with 2 miles of dirt as you drive through a mine. I think that high way has top speed of 60 but it is so dead you could go 50. Heck in a pinch the ride starts at 8,000 and ends at 3,500. I would also recommend you check the petrified forest, Holbrook, sun valley, there is a seemingly endless path of dirt roads.
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    Thanks guys- just the info I was looking for~! SO looking forward to heading down there- not until the temps break though ;-)

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    Are you guys running a tubeless set up? the clips and info on youtube show tubeless set ups on the usage.... Thanks again in advance~! I feel this will help tons~!

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    Most of us are tubed - but the product works for both ....
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    RideOn comes in two flavors....relatively inexpensive lumpy stuff for ATVs and the superior motorcycle grade RideOn.
    Has worked well for nail puncture in a tube equipped ATV tire on my TW. However when that tire was replaced I sealed up the rim and went tubeless with fresh motorcycle grade RideOn. Rim sealing was not difficult.
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    I keep considering going tubeless and sealing up the rims. Put a Tubliss system on my enduro, and never once looked back. But, they only come in 18,19, and 21" sizes. Not super wide 14". I guess you could use a "rear" 18" tubliss on the front of the TW, but they throw the wheel balance way off (they're technically for off-road only). On my Beta I put a bunch of spoke weights opposite the valve block on the Tubliss system which helped a lot. The TW I'm sure wouldn't mind eliminating a few pounds of rotating/unsprung mass either by tossing the tubes. I noticed a considerable difference just swapping the UHD tubes the previous owner put in with standard ones (almost 5lbs difference). Better stability at speed, suspension was less bouncy, and acceleration seemed a bit brisker.

    My hangup against sealing the rims was I wasn't sure how well silicone would hold up over time, but it seems a few people here have been running it for at least a couple years and I haven't heard of failures or slow leaks.

    I just have regular Slime in my TW and it's always got me home. I hear good things about the Ride-On, but I go to Cycle gear and it's like $14 for a teeny little bottle that's enough for maybe one small tire. I was going to use it on my Valkyrie, and going by their not-exactly-simple dosage calculation I would have needed almost 4 bottles of the stuff for a 180 width rear and a 150 width front. $60+? No thanks. Bought a Stop-n-Go kit for the same price instead.

    A gallon of Slime is like $20 at wally world and is enough for a dozen or so tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    RideOn comes in two flavors....relatively inexpensive lumpy stuff for ATVs and the superior motorcycle grade RideOn.
    Has worked well for nail puncture in a tube equipped ATV tire on my TW. However when that tire was replaced I sealed up the rim and went tubeless with fresh motorcycle grade RideOn. Rim sealing was not difficult.
    I'd be interested in how you went about this.
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