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Old 05-09-2019, 08:13 PM
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Default Fix a flat on go kart tires?


What do you guys think of fix a flat on a go kart. I have an old tire I'm thinking about putting on my project right now. The thing is that it's flat.
Old 05-09-2019, 11:42 PM
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Tube type or tubeless?

Regardless of the above, my answer is a resounding no. Unless of course you’re out on the trail and you have a flat and you need to get back to camp before sundown. That’s what it’s for—to get you home.

Patch it! Use one of those plug type patch kits they use for radial tires. Those work great and the results are almost like there never was a puncture in the first place. There’s other kinds too that are similar to patching inner tubes and they are installed from inside the tire.
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I must agree for the most part..

the only exception to this would be a kids yard kart,
with no noteworthy top speed driven exclusively in your backyard..
I see no threat in a patched tyre.

for motorcycle road repairs there's plugs (pushpin plug) and ropes (string plug)
(since you can't easily get to the inside of the tyre with just )
While they do work, you need to buy a trustworthy brand in order to be sure it will.
And that means a repairkit (for say five repairs) is more expensive than a yard kart tyre would be.

Again, for a slow yard kart I see not much of an issue..
worst case it's slowly deflating and you have a flat shortly after fixing it.
annoying, not too dangerous IMHO.
At higher speeds the failure could be instantaneously though
and can cause the crash you luckily avoided the first time.
So whenever possible.. new tyre for 'adult' applications

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Old 05-11-2019, 06:46 PM
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I think using Slime in a tire is fine , I use it in two karts and a mower and works well , No more flats ever , these are both off road type karts.
Old 05-11-2019, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by nuclearcobra View Post
I think using Slime in a tire is fine , I use it in two karts and a mower and works well , No more flats ever , these are both off road type karts.
Slime is great as long as you never plan to actually repair or replace the tire.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:25 PM
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There was evedince of tire slime on my dingo, back wheels were rusted out and tires had what was now rubber in them they were sitting so long. Kartfab (grant) also talks about it iin one of his vids, think it was the vid about the kart that got the engine off of Midas

My tires are pretty much dead but we welded up the rims and put tubes in them, one done, have to do the other next weekend.
Old 05-13-2019, 03:12 PM
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The cart I bought has some serious dry rot especially on the sidewalls. Just to get them to hold air I filled them with green Slime and they hold air fine now. I don't go far, or ride to crazy though. It kinda funny, the tires had such bad rot the slime was actually oozing out of the sidewalls. But it penetrated the tires really nice and actually restored some the elasticity into the tire. Again, I'm not hard on the tires. As soon as I can I plan on replacing them. If your smart, and easy on the tires I say slime them up. Use your best judgement.
Old 05-13-2019, 08:51 PM
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Get some cans of spray foam and fill the tires with that.
Old 05-14-2019, 06:39 AM
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Slime works good from my experience. I have used it several times on my riding lawn mower. I have a lot of mesquite trees, which some produce pretty sizable thorns, so punctures are almost inevitable.

It has kept 3 out 4 original tires still going after 10 years of hard use. Also, I didn't have a problem changing out the one tire that had Slime in it, the wheel cleaned up pretty easy.

I think you should first identify where the leak is coming from.
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