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My Stans tubeless conversion kit should be here in a couple of days.
The ExiWolf tires on my bike are still in great condition and I'm wondering if I can use them for the conversion.
The wheels are WTB LaserDisk Trail.
The tires have been used with tubes filled with slime since I got the bike, they have received some thorn punctures.
Will these work?
Will the Stans fill up any tiny thorn holes that might exist?
 

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BooBoo said:
My Stans tubeless conversion kit should be here in a couple of days.
The ExiWolf tires on my bike are still in great condition and I'm wondering if I can use them for the conversion.
The wheels are WTB LaserDisk Trail.
The tires have been used with tubes filled with slime since I got the bike, they have received some thorn punctures.
Will these work?
Will the Stans fill up any tiny thorn holes that might exist?
Yes and yes.
I have removed tires that were mounted for a while and felt thorns inside them but never lost any air. Stans goop is great. I just set up my Ksyriums tubeless on my cross bike and it is all good so far with standard tires.
The only problem is 29" standard tires are tough to inflate-you may need a compressor.
 

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Or at a minimum if you use a floor pump is to remove the valve core to get more air flow. That's what I had to do to get my Exiwolf 2.3's to hold air.
 

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I have a compressor.
The only thing I have read so far as a caution is that the older tire having been used with tubes will be stretched out and the bead won't seat well.
That's why I was asking if anyone has ever taken a tire from a wheel that was tube inflated for a while and used it in a tubeless application.
 

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BooBoo said:
I have a compressor.
The only thing I have read so far as a caution is that the older tire having been used with tubes will be stretched out and the bead won't seat well.
That's why I was asking if anyone has ever taken a tire from a wheel that was tube inflated for a while and used it in a tubeless application.
did it with my tires that were approx 6 mos. old, no problems
did my buddies tires that were at least a year old, one worked fine the other would lose air
If its your first time with tubeless I would go all new, as the new tires wear out you could switch in the old ones and see
 

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Works absolutely fine as everyone else said. Just did mine a month or 2 ago using what tyres I was using - a fairly new (1-2 months old) Racing Ralph and Rampage - had and no problems at all. Switched the rampge out and put the RR to front and mounted up a Crossmark to the rear and no problems. Just cut the sidewall on the Crossmark yesterday, when I got home I took it off and mounted up a 1.5 year old (prob 1000 miles on it) Ignitor and it sealed up fine.

Disclaimer, I am using Stans Flow rims with yellow tape, so can't say 100% about when you convert a non tubeless wheelset.
 

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Its worth a try. I converted a 6 month old Rampage and a 1 year old Ignitor both had been running tubed with no issues until I punched a 1/4" hole thru the tread on my Ignitor. Now I'm experimenting with patching techniques and sealint mixes!
 

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BooBoo said:
My Stans tubeless conversion kit should be here in a couple of days.
The ExiWolf tires on my bike are still in great condition and I'm wondering if I can use them for the conversion.
The wheels are WTB LaserDisk Trail.
The tires have been used with tubes filled with slime since I got the bike, they have received some thorn punctures.
Will these work?
Will the Stans fill up any tiny thorn holes that might exist?
I'm running ExiWolfs tubeless with my "getto" homemade version of Stan's mixture on one of my El Mariachis. The tires are more than a year old and still hold air very well. The ExiWolf has been one of the most reliable tubeless conversion tires I've used.

Good luck!
 

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The only thing I have read so far as a caution is that the older tire having been used with tubes will be stretched out and the bead won't seat well.
i just tried to go tubeless on saturday night with some 6 month old bontrager jones axc and it didn't work. i could not get the bead to seat well in a few spots on one side. the tires still have some life left in them, so i will run them tubed until i need new tires.
 

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I just had this done for my front tire: Maxxis HighRoller 2.35 and I regret it. So much of that Stans glue had to be injected into the tire that it actually feels heavier than it did when it had the tube in it. Also, the tire now feels off balance...I wrote a mini-review of the experience in my project thread in my signature...hope it helps.
 

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Well I'd have to say that who ever set up the tubeless doesn't know what they're doing then or that tyres sidewalls are super pourus. I did the swap and to 29er tyres to boot and only need to use 2-2.5 scoops of the Stans sealant.

dejacky said:
I just had this done for my front tire: Maxxis HighRoller 2.35 and I regret it. So much of that Stans glue had to be injected into the tire that it actually feels heavier than it did when it had the tube in it. Also, the tire now feels off balance...I wrote a mini-review of the experience in my project thread in my signature...hope it helps.
 

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Well I'd have to say that who ever set up the tubeless doesn't know what they're doing then or that tyres sidewalls are super pourus. I did the swap and to 29er tyres to boot and only need to use 2-2.5 scoops of the Stans sealant.
Several different bike mechanics have been telling me they use at least twice the amount of Stans sealant in non-tubeless tires to get them to seal properly. All those ounces of sealant add up in the end and for us weight weenies, we can notice things like that :p .
 

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Well, it looks like I'll give it a go with the old ones first. Too many folks have made it clear that it will work. The ExiWolfs were on sale so i bought 2 new ones...
I had to put some weather stripping in the spoke channel to fill up the space...problem is that my order that arrived last night was for some dude in Reno, a unlaced DH rim and rear derailluer. Wonder where my order is?
Thanks I'll let you all know how it goes...so tired of tiny holes in the tubes every ride.
I really couldn't give a crap about how much the tires weigh. Never have been and never will be a weight weenie. When you're out in the middle of the mountains/desert, the last thing you want to do is hike out your light weight wheels...with flats.
 

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Well, it looks like I'll give it a go with the old ones first. Too many folks have made it clear that it will work. The ExiWolfs were on sale so i bought 2 new ones...
I had to put some weather stripping in the spoke channel to fill up the space...problem is that my order that arrived last night was for some dude in Reno, a unlaced DH rim and rear derailluer. Wonder where my order is?
Thanks I'll let you all know how it goes...so tired of tiny holes in the tubes every ride.
I really couldn't give a crap about how much the tires weigh. Never have been and never will be a weight weenie. When you're out in the middle of the mountains/desert, the last thing you want to do is hike out your light weight wheels...with flats.
I agree with your point, however, significantly heavier tires will be noticed more since they're farthest away from the center of the rotating mass. My custom built Mavic 819 Disc UST rim based wheel is lighter than my AlexRims TD24 wheel, but I really felt the extra Stans goo inside the tire...it made the tire have MORE rolling resistance. But, it did seal the tire :thumbsup: .
 

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I understand all that, and since it's a $800 bike with basic WTB wheels and I'm wearing a big fat hydration pack full of crap and the ground is soft and full of big thorns and cactus needles and I'm not in a big hurry or trying to place 1st in the NORBA Classics...it will be fine for now.
If only my order was here.....aaaarrrrggghhhh.
 
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