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post #1 of 38 Old 12-30-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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heavily oiled rear tire

Last month we had a huge oil leak which covered the bottom of the bike and the rear tire was completely soaked in oil. My buddy tells me the tire is no good any more that you can't get the oil out of it. My mechanic says no if I clean the tire real good with soapy water that the tire does not absorb the oil. Any one had any experience with this problem. Opinions appreciated the tire is brand new just one and a half track days on it. So clean it or buy a new tire decisions decisions. :)
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post #2 of 38 Old 12-30-2013, 05:03 PM
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If the tires been sitting a month with oil on it, scrap it. If you immediately cleaned the tire you might be ok (from my Dunlop supplier), for me it's not worth the risk. I had an oil filter blow it's oring (K+N) and soaked my rear tire in oil, it was an almost brand new Dunlop slick that I junked, it sucks but so does dying.
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... it sucks but so does dying.
+1, and so does dropping your bike.

Same thing happened to me a few years back. I cleaned the oil off the tire, but it never felt the same and was always nervous on it. Get a new one and put your mind at ease.
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so, true story, threw a chain on my r6, went through the case, soaked everything in oil, sold it, dude rebuilt it, ran it all last year on the same rear tire that was literally soaked in oil. now, he's also been riding for around 40 years and way more experience than me. i don't have the confidence to use an oil soaked tire, however, once cleaned properly, which i've been told there are a variety of ways, they are fine. however, i have no confidence to do so and i dont recommend it either. i've come to find confidence, is what makes or breaks ya on a bike.
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Me, I'd toss it.

Your call though.

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Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it and a new tire will be on the way soon. :icon_smile:
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post #7 of 38 Old 12-30-2013, 08:55 PM
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The problem is that soap water won't be strong enough from the chemical point of view. The oil itself won't damage the tire rubber but it will stick to it better than sticking to the soap in the water to be washed out.

The procedure I'd recommend is washing with a rag soaked in gasoline. Gasoline will be strong enough to "grab" the oil away from the rubber. The idea is having the tire dirty with gas instead of oil. So be generous with the gas (and use gloves so you don't smell like gas for 17 days). After you're done with gas then you use soapy water. Soap is now strong enough to take the gas away from the tire and gas is not as slippery as oil anyway...

Both oil or gas will not damage the rubber. As being common liquids to be around a tire, the tire is designed to be inert to them. Matter of fact I use to clean the wax off of new tires with gas as an advice from one of the manufacturers (I think michelin, can't really find the link now).
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I would personally clean that sucker up real good and keep riding it.

Use a light bristled brush and a can of solvent, run the brush into the grooves and over the tire thoroughly, use another light bristled brush with some dawn soap and water and do the exact same thing, rinse and repeat with the soap/water again, then hit it with a power washer preferably using hot water. That should extract all the oil from the tire, assuming the tire wasn't left submerged in the oil for an extended amount of time.

Chunk it if you're worried. The above process should thoroughly clean it up for another 2k miles of use

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Can oil cause the tire to fall apart? I get highway oil and crud all the time. When I clean wd40 get on the rear, I guess. idk, but guess I'd just geek a lap and see how it feels.
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What tire is it?

If you're gonna chuck a perfectly good tire because of a little oil that can be easily cleaned off, I'll buy it. $5. You know, because it's "ruined" and all, can't pay a real price :icon_rolleyes:
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