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post #1 of 11 Old 08-27-2008, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Tubeless Tires????

Has anyone ever converted their tires to tubeless?

I am in the process of using silicone sealant to cover all the spokes, I will then use tubeless tires on my 04 KLR with stock wheels, I will put a valve stem in like on a car wheel.

I ran into a guy in Quartzsite AZ last Jan that had done this to his KLR,

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Tubeless

I am not clear, why do you want to do that?

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Easier to fix flats, and just plain not having to deal with tubes I would think..

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You can often plug a puncture without removing the wheel from the vehicle.
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Daddyjoe hope you let us know how it works. Sounds like it mite be a good idea. It would be great to fix a flat with the tire still on the bike.
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You would just have to carry a pump and plugs to fix a flat on the road.

I've been letting the silicone dry, maybe this weekend I'll get the tires mounted, (if my brake disk arrives).

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For a big trip, I'd still carry a tube and tools. Some punctures can't be plugged. Sidewall, etc.

If you do put a tube in a tire that's been plugged, be sure to trim and smooth the earlier plugs on the inside of the tire. They'll ruin a tube very quickly.
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So far so good with the tubeless tires.

I put them on the bike today, I had a little trouble getting them to take air, but a strap around the tire did the trick.
I also replace my bent brake disk today, it feels good not to have the bump in the brake now.
I rode the bike from my dad's house over to the CG in the Cumberland Gap National Park, if I don't wake up tomorrow with two flats I will know it works.

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I've heard that the trick is to run a few laps with duct tape over the silicone so centrif(can't speell all of a sudden) force doesn't throw the silcone. I'd be scared to try it on the front..be careful!!

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I know I am a little late for this tread, but Daddyjoe, how has this worked for you? Currently I am doing the same with my '08, but instead of silicone, I am using 3M 5200 fast cure marine sealant.
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