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View Poll Results: What do you use for a lubricant to mount tires
professional product like murpys 4 40.00%
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Question What is best tire mounting lube

What would you recommend I use to mount my tires for lubricant. The professional lubricants require the purchase of a gallon or more and I only am mounting two tires which makes this impractical. Also I don't want to gum up the micro beads that need to move inside the tire when mounting.

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I use the no-mar tire lube paste. I think when I bought the bar they were running a special and the paste was free.
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The No-Mar stuff works very well & they sell small jars cheaply.
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You mean "vegetable" oil.

http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/Bl...uin-Your-Tires
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I use Magic lube. Have it for lubricating O rings on my swimming pool equipment etc.. lubricates and seals, just apply a little along the bead.

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You mean "vegetable" oil.

Easy way to ruin your wheels
Think I'm going to try the armor all idea. Thanks for the suggestion.

Forum does not allow you to edit or delete poll, hence unique spelling of vegetable

The front tire has two red dots about 1.5 inches apart on the sidewall. I know what a single red dot is supposed to mean, what about two red dots?
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errr what does one red dot mean?

oh thanks google... but I found nothing for 2 dots...

http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/...erve-a-purpose
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Plain old soapy water.................
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dawn , ajax, or any other dish soap with some water mixed in... or windex

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NoMar paste. Been using it for years, works awesome. I change tires often on the track bike.
RuGlyde is another good product.
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Plain old soapy water.................
Plain old soapy water will ruin your aluminum wheels, and cause leaks.

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Plain old soapy water will ruin your aluminum wheels, and cause leaks.

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I've used it exclusively for 30+ years and never experienced anything remotely close to that. Nor has anyone else I know. But to each their own.

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I use commercial tire lube I buy from a tire shop (small jar) or WD40, and I've read that you can use "personal lubricants" such as KY Jelly.

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I've used it exclusively for 30+ years and never experienced anything remotely close to that. Nor has anyone else I know. But to each their own.

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I've used it for over 50 years with no problem............just lucky maybe, or I use a soap that doesn't have sodium hydroxide as an ingredient. I've actually used plain old spit a time or two when nothing else was available. Is that corrosive?

Now I just let someone else change the tires.
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ive personally never seen soap eat thru a aluminum rim... but i have seen fix a flat eat up aluminum rims multiple times... thats why unless its a steel trailer tire i dont touch the stuff.... ill use a plug and or slime

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...I've actually used plain old spit a time or two when nothing else was available. Is that corrosive?....
I guess it would depend on what you just ate or drank (ESPECIALLY if you just 'hurled'...).




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Well, I do eat a fair amount of garlic...................
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ive personally never seen soap eat thru a aluminum rim... but i have seen fix a flat eat up aluminum rims multiple times... thats why unless its a steel trailer tire i dont touch the stuff.... ill use a plug and or slime
Yes. I suspect that had something to do with the rim in the article that was posted.

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I use the no-mar tire lube paste. I think when I bought the bar they were running a special and the paste was free.
That's what I use. The last batch was really thick so I put it in a pan on the stove and added some water. Best stuff I've found.

Besides - they are on my way to work.



I think that most of the parts stores carry tire change lube of one kind or another.

For everyone else - here's a nice article.....
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Easy way to ruin your wheels

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