1)If you only read one thing here, read this: ORIENT YOUR SLIDERS SO THAT THE ENTIRE FACE IS IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. If the slider is at an angle and only a part of it is touching the ground it will wear down much faster and will have a more harsh feel that is similar to plastic sliders. Puck-Em sliders are made flat on the top for the purpose of spreading out the downward force, and thereby dispersing the friction, as much as possible. This is done by maximizing the surface area directly in contact with the ground. Spreading the amount of force on the top of the entire slide significantly affects longevity and feel. Do this experiment for yourself: Take any piece of lumber and touch it directly to a belt sander with only one of its corners. Notice how quickly it wears away material? Next, place a flat face of the piece of lumber on the moving belt. Now notice how quickly it wears away material. It's night and day isn't it? Apply this concept to your knee sliders and take the time to find the perfect positioning on your knee so that the whole face is making contact with the ground, and do it quickly, after only one lap. All you need is to touch your knee to the ground one time to discover the plane of contact relative to the ground. Move the slider so that the face is parallel to the plane you see on the slightly worn slider. Don't wait an entire session or you will wear down the slider too far to get the entire face touching until the slider is almost completely worn out. Almost all sliders are curved on the top and while they may look neat and stylish, they inevitably wear down much faster until you grind down the surface enough to have a large flat surface. Unfortunately, by that point they are probably almost worn out. Sneaky way to sell more sliders, huh?
2)Add additional loop fastener onto the knee of your sliders if the correct positioning described above cannot be achieved because there is no loop where you need it. You can add loop to your suit's knee very easily with a few simple tools. Use a piece of paper and scissors to get the shape you want for the added pieces of loop. Trace the shape on your leather suit and really rough up the smooth leather with a drum sander on a sanding wheel. Don't make holes in the leather but you want it extremely rough so the contact cement will make a permanent bond. Sand paper works but it's slow and frustrating. Flip the paper upside down on the back of the loop fastener and trace it. Cut out the shape. Apply 2 coats of Barge Contact Cement to the leather and the back of the loop letting the first application dry completely before the second application. Let the second application dry completely and put the loop in place. Hammering it adds strength to the bond.
3)Bed your Puck-Em sliders into the loop fastener (the soft side) of your leather suit's knees by wiggling them back and forth vigorously in all directions while pushing down on them very hard at the same. This will help the hook side (scratchy side) grab as many strands of the loop as possible and will secure them to your knees as well as possible.
34Make sure the loop fastener on your leather suit is in good condition. If your loop is worn out, or damaged from a crash, no hook fastener will stick to it well. Consider having a leather repair shop replace the loop with hook. The loop wears out much faster than the hook. I make sliders with loop on the back for riders who have made the switch.
5)The most effective way to extend the life of your knee sliders, no matter what brand you use, is to touch your knee to the ground as lightly and as little as possible. Use your knee as an indicator of lean angle, not as a third wheel, per say. Make contact with the ground and then pick up your knee a little bit so it's not touching, or is barely touching. Putting a lot of weight on your slider not only wears it out faster, it can rob your tires of grip. Making a turn with your kickstand down on that side is an extreme example to illustrate the effect of putting a lot of pressure on your knee slider. It's a controversial issue, but there's my 2 cents, take it or leave it.