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Ride on tire sealant and balancer

Well I tried the stuff but for me didn't work. Didn't seal the tire at all. Seems to be in the target area for it to seal. I did exactly as the website say but still the stuff didn't seal the puncture. Just my experience.
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It's hard to see from that picture but the hole appears to be towards the side of the tire. The ride on seals only the contact patch of the tire. Basically the center maybe out about an inch. I use it in my tires but fortunately I haven't and anything in my tire yet. I will however be replacing the rear tire very shortly because it's worn out so I'm gonna "test" it myself by drilling 1/8 holes to see what happens
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Well I tried the stuff but for me didn't work. Didn't seal the tire at all. Seems to be in the target area for it to seal. I did exactly as the website say but still the stuff didn't seal the puncture. Just my experience.
Please provide a little detail.

How did you notice that the tire was punctured?
Did the tire go flat while riding it?
Were you checking the air pressure and it was almost flat?
Did you notice the nail and pull it?

For the sealant to work correctly the bike should be moving so the sealant can get to the hole, or the hole needs to be at the lowest point on the tire.

Example: if you noticed the nail and pulled it before checking the tire pressure you really don't know if the tire sealant worked or not.
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For the sealant to work correctly the bike should be moving so the sealant can get to the hole, or the hole needs to be at the lowest point on the tire.
^--- This.

Also, unless your sealant is white in color, (the one's I've used in the past were generally fluorescent green or orange) I don't even see where any sealant even attempted to plug that big a$$ed hole.

As twoweeladdict said, need more details besides that you did it exactly as the website said. A key detail is missing. My experience with sealant is it works long enough to hobble into a repair shop for a replacement. I have had instances where the hole was too big and as rlaf75 said, if it's too close to the sidewall, it won't work.
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I may be missing something here but it sounds like you attempted to use the ride-on after you had a puncture, if so that's not how it's designed to be used. I use it at every tire change with good balancing results and have had one puncture that sealed after removing the nail as advertised.


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I carry a tire repair kit and a small compressor. You can also get the kits with Co2 canisters... easy peazy. I fixed a flat years ago that way and rode it another 6 or 7k until it was time to change. I carry this compressor, powerful enough to fill a truck tire or an air mattress: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Incidentally, for anyone thinking they might get by cheap, H-D will not repair any tire.

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Incidentally, for anyone thinking they might get by cheap, H-D will not repair any tire.
Local dealer quoted me $1000 for new tires and mounting.

Tires will cost me $322.87 and my time to mount them.
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I carry a tire repair kit and a small compressor. You can also get the kits with Co2 canisters... easy peazy. I fixed a flat years ago that way and rode it another 6 or 7k until it was time to change. I carry this compressor, powerful enough to fill a truck tire or an air mattress: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
That is great after the fact. The ride on is supposed to keep you from having to plug a flat on the side of the road. The caveat though is that you have to inspect your tires frequently for foreign objects that might further damage the tire.
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Incidentally, for anyone thinking they might get by cheap, H-D will not repair any tire.
That's exactly why I buy my tires else where and mount them myself. Front and rear Michelin Commander IIs with enough ride-on for both less than $400 from Revzilla.
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