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    Seating Tubeless Tires

    I've never had luck getting my tubeless tires to seat up. Even with tubes in them and pumping them up to 80lbs, for some reason or another they just won't seat properly. I run Specialized Ground Control 2.1 in the rear and The Captain 2.2's up front. I've been thinking about trying Vaseline in the sidewalls to get them to slide onto the bead easier. Today, I took the plunge and tried it. I only put it at the places where the bead wasn't stuck to the rim. (The parts stuck to the rim are beaded correctly and stuck with Stan's).
    I did have to pump them up to 80 pounds, but for the first time in 1.5 years my wheels roll without a hop.

    Has anyone else tried this? What problems might crop up from using Vaseline on tires?
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    Are you sure that you can spare that much Vasoline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by utarch00 View Post
    Are you sure that you can spare that much Vasoline?
    It didn't take that much. Plenty left over.
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    Seating Tubeless Tires

    Vaseline seems scary to me just a little slick and could lead to blowing a tire off the bead while riding or cornering hard. I use the same tires and using the normal soapy water solution that Stan's recommends I've never had to go over 40 psi. Seems odd to have a tire being that hard to seat what type of wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized_Michael View Post
    Seems odd to have a tire being that hard to seat what type of wheels?
    Bontrager Race Lite TLR's. I saw on another thread where someone said they'd used Vaseline on a grip handlebar application and they swore by it. This is basically the same, and apparently Bontrager rims are pretty hard to seat, so hopefully I'll have good luck.
    Hopefully I can give her a good test tomorrow.
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    Big or little - thick or thin - Vaseline will get it in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by super-moto View Post
    Big or little - thick or thin - Vaseline will get it in!
    You're nutty.
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    Four laps at Lock 4 today. No problems.
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    Marathon Man.

    My concern would be using a petroleum product. Vaseline is great for rashes, but KY might be less irritating.

    Brushing straight dish detergent on the bead with an artist brush has worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Brushing straight dish detergent on the bead with an artist brush has worked for me.
    I may try that on the front. my concern with soapy water is that I'm afraid it would be mixing with the Stan's and
    deteriorating it / making it less effective.
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    I've been told that Vaseline deteriorates latex more then water based products.
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    Seating Tubeless Tires

    I've been brushing Stan's on the bead. It helps the bead slide into place and when it dries should help hold in place.

    If your worried about getting soapy water in your Stan's try using a water bottle with a few ounces of soapy water and a small hole poked in the top. Shake it up until the small amount of water turns into a full bottle of soap foam. Squeeze the foam out with the bottle in the upright position to make sure only foam gets to the bead.
    It's not that bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Username View Post
    I've been told that Vaseline deteriorates latex more then water based products.
    Would that be the same as rubber tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick37075 View Post
    Would that be the same as rubber tires?
    The Stan's fluid is latex based.

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    At 2:55 and 5:30 "Mr. Stan's" really puts the soap and water to it.



    Stan's works .


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    Quote Originally Posted by EasilyObsessed View Post
    The Stan's fluid is latex based.
    Ah HA, I see where the latex reference means something now.
    I was more worried about the tires. Well, we'll see. I can't take
    it back now. So far, so good.
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