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Old 03-03-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Green Slime in Tires?

I have new Duratrac 33x12.5s on my TJ, which spends little time on the highway. Would like to drive it some at our acreage which has mesquite...thorns.

Any reason not to put green Slime in the tires?

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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It might cause balance issues on the highway, but that's about it.

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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wait, are you wanting to use slime to prevent punctures from the thorns?
I would wait for a problem before i tried fixing a problem that does not exist.
also if you ever have a puncture on the tread of the tire bell tire will usually fix it for free (free flat repair, in the hopes its a side wall damage or un-repairable and have you already at the shop with the need for a tire)

also, im not sure what slime is going to do, the only time it has ever worked for me was using on ATV tires that had slow over night rim leaks or dry rot cracks. both of which aren't safe problems to live with on a car.

why do you want to use slime?
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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I think he wants to use Slime as a preventive measure, to stop any air leaks from thorns as they happen. Personally, I would not use Slime or anything like it for any reason. First, a few tire guys have assured me that Slime makes a bad mess inside the tire and it's a nightmare getting it cleaned off. Next, and this is only something I've heard so it may not be true, but I read that Slime is acidic and isn't good for wheels.

I'd rather carry a tire plug repair kit and small compressor than use Slime. A hole can be repaired with a tire plug in just a few minutes and the tire is good to go afterward with no need to have it repaired further.
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^^^ What Jerry said. Slime isn't exactly the best idea for car tires. Dirtbike/ ATV tires maybe. But even if you put slime in your tires, and you get a thorn in one, then if the thorn goes through your tire then don't you think it will go through the slime too?
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:13 AM   #6
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I don't know how the terrain is where you guys live, but where I live the stickers and thorns are horrendous in pastures and meadows. When I worked at a tire shop as a teenager, I used to dread when it came time to fertilize. The spreader tires would come in so loaded with stickers there was no way they'd ever run tubeless again without using slime or an equivalent sealer. We're talking hundreds of pin point leaks. The only other alternative was to break off any that were protruding to the inside, and use a liner and inner tube. Jerry, I honestly don't know if Slime is acidic or not. The wheels on the fertilizer spreaders only lasted one or two seasons because the fertilizer ate them up. Slime works, but like I said in my earlier post, it can make your tires badly out of balance.

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^^^ What Jerry said. Slime isn't exactly the best idea for car tires. Dirtbike/ ATV tires maybe. But even if you put slime in your tires, and you get a thorn in one, then if the thorn goes through your tire then don't you think it will go through the slime too?
The point of the slime is it will seal around the thorn.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #7
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Wow this is some great info. I always wonder if this stuff actually works and if so is it worth it. Guess not. thanks guys.
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First, a few tire guys have assured me that Slime makes a bad mess inside the tire and it's a nightmare getting it cleaned off.

I'd rather carry a tire plug repair kit and small compressor than use Slime. A hole can be repaired with a tire plug in just a few minutes and the tire is good to go afterward with no need to have it repaired further.
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I have 2 friends who are tire techs and their least favorite job is any tire with slime, a free flat repair from a nail can turn into a long job that costs money due to the mess the slime makes that needs to be dealt with (that do repairs by bonding rubber patches from the inside, where the slime is)

I myself carry plugs and a compressor, and a spare.

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