❏ One of the most common worries
we have with both ATVs and UTVs is
a flat tire. Naturally, a cage-mounted
spare will rest your mind, but that isn’t
always an option. Tire Blocks, Tire
Balls and beadlock rims that allow the
fun to continue even after you have a
puncture are not a cheap fix, either.
Dirt Wheels has had good luck with
tire plugs as a temporary fix. Lately,
we have been carrying the $37.74
Slime Safety Spair.
Slime has packaged a powerful
12-volt compressor, a trouble light and
a 16-ounce bottle of Slime tire sealant
inside a high-impact plastic housing
that is itself surrounded by a plastic
zipper case with a carrying handle.
You can select whether you use the
sealant or not. If you connect the hose
from the sealant to the valve stem,
engaging the compressor will fill the
tire with 16 ounces of Slime sealant.
The latex-based sealant is claimed
to temporarily repair holes up to 0.25
inch without plugs or patches. It isn’t
an issue with OHVs that we know
of, but the sealant doesn’t affect TPS
sensors in the tire. When you do have
the tire repaired, you’ll need to tell the
shop that there is sealant in the tire.
It will have to be cleaned up if the
tire is to be repaired. The sealant is
not flammable and can be cleaned
up with water. If you choose to save
the sealant, simply connect the
compressor hose to the tire. This
compressor will work on all ATV and
UTV tires and many automotive tires
as well. High-volume, high-pressure
tires may need a larger compressor,
and Slime sells a heavy-duty model
HOW IT WORKS
We have always had excellent
results with Slime sealant. For nail
and thorn punctures, it is nearly 100
percent effective. If you have a larger
hole than the 1/4-inch opening the
sealant claims to seal, use your tire
plugs on the hole first. Once you have
the Slime pushing out through a hole
that it will not seal, the plugs may
not seal as well. Better to use them
first if there is a question. (Plugs and
Slime are compatible. Slime sells kits
that include a plug kit.) Also, since
this kit is intended for automobiles
as well as ATVs and UTVs, the kit
is designed to be as convenient as
possible. When you attach the sealant
hose to the valve stem, it forces the
sealant through the valve core. After
time the sealant will make the core
sticky. We don’t see that as an issue.
This is a temporary repair (good for
500 miles on an auto) that should be
repaired properly (including a new
valve stem) before your next outing.
You should warn the tire-repair
12-volt compressor that delivers sealant
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
This is the air-compressor setup. It fills
a UTV tire surprisingly quickly. If it was
dispensing the sealant, the sealant hose
would be attached to the valve stem.
The Slime Safety Spair comes in a
compact and handy carry bag. We keep
it behind the seat in our daily driver, but
carry it securely in a bag or pack off-road.
Out of the bag the kit is still compact
and made of tough plastic. The sealant
bottles are replaceable. There is a
trouble light on top.