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post #1 of 7 Old 10-22-2009, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Quick flat repair

Does someone know of a CO2 tire inflator setup. Thinking that incase of an emergency a guy could use a CO2 cannistor to fill his tire up until he was able to get to a more tire repair friendly location.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-22-2009, 10:46 AM
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Almost all of the KLR parts supply houses stock them. My problem has been that when I get a flat it is way beyond co2. I either have to flop the bike and fix on site or call for our trailer if I'm close to home. Best advise I can offer is carry both the co2 set up and tools with a tube. You can get by carrying a front tube only to save on space. The front can be made to work (very carefully) on your rear rim but the rear (tube) will not fit the front rim. Ideally having both along if you are in the middle of nowhere is best. Where I live I'm often in the middle of nowhere.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-22-2009, 11:43 AM
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I carry a can of TireFlate/Flatfix. It's cheap and readily available. If you go this route, make sure the one you get hase a hose attachment.

If the flat is fairly minor, like a nail, screw, or thorn and you can pull it out, then it's likely that this stuff will work.It will both inflate and seal the leak. If it doesn't, then you're looking at a traditional tear down and tube replacement, and it's probably better to be carrying a pump for that eventuality, though I suppose that the TireFlate would work even then to inflate the tire.
I haven't had to use the thing for the KLR, but have used it successfully on other bikes.
Of course, the downside is that if you try this stuff and it doesn't work, you've got a gooey mess to deal with...


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post #4 of 7 Old 10-26-2009, 10:14 PM
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wire up a $5 cigarette lighter socket and buy a $10 compact tire inflator. problem with the CO2 canisters is that you need more than one and you better be damned sure your leak is fixed. i also carry a can of goo a patch kit, and a spare tube (i have bad luck)

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-26-2009, 10:27 PM
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+1 on the mini electric tire pump. Ya only get one shot at it with co2.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-29-2009, 11:55 AM
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Flat I had yesterday, the valve stem sheared off from the tube. Weird.

I would go for a small air compressor rather than just CO2. Still looking for one and someday I will wire up the power plug

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-29-2009, 02:37 PM
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Keep watch for the smaller Slime 12v compressor to come up with rebate. The ones I got were like 19.95$ with $10 rebate (that I actually got) They come with SAE male plug and various other plugs like SAE female with battery terminals and alligator clips.

Works very well. Kinda hard to believe at the price, even the regular price.

It does not come with the green stuff, which I dislike, but does work sometimes.
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