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post #1 of 29 Old 07-11-2018, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Plug, patch of FML

So I got the luckiest flat ever, nail in front tire a mile from work and made it there just as I was getting squishy... It's right in the center of front tire. I have Michelin pilot road 4 trail tires with less than 2k on them tires still look new. I want to plug or patch, everyone says it's a terrible idea. I've plugged car tires before... They use the argument of heat and tire flex, but if plugged properly shouldn't it be almost as good as new. Also single nail holes middle of tread not on sidewall... I'll add a picture tomorrow.
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post #2 of 29 Old 07-11-2018, 08:43 PM
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Plug it. You have nothing to lose.
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post #3 of 29 Old 07-11-2018, 08:59 PM
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Aside from the air in the front tire? Hopefully not while leaned over in a turn! Tires are a lot cheaper than tupperware in the long run. Losing 75% of the newer tire's life is regrettable. Losing pressure in a front tire that has been plugged might be more regrettable, depending upon when or where that were to happen. Flame away!
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Yep... ^^^^^.... What he said.

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post #5 of 29 Old 07-12-2018, 03:48 AM
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Plug it - just get a good string kit not the mushrooms.
I like this one - heavy duty tools and good strings. Just lose the case and the tools tuck under the seat

The strings vulcanize to the tire and will last the life of it. Just keep an eye on pressure early on and what you save buys you a TPMS.

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Re: Plugging tires - opinion - Vstrom 650
In over 350,000 km of riding on my first two V-Stroms I have repaired about 6 punctures. I have done one on a fellow rider's large Sport Touring bike, and had a tech at work put a plug in the rear tire of my Porsche Boxster way back when. In all cases the repairs were done with strings. In a couple of cases the tires were almost new and ran their normal life with no problems, on my Boxster it went at least 25,000 km (probably more) with no issues.

Done properly the strings work well.. I carry a little compressor, the two tools and some of the strings under my seat.

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post #6 of 29 Old 07-12-2018, 05:31 AM
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Plug away. I carry strings , shrooms, slime and compressor. Never had a plug in the tread fail, except for one in dozens of try's, and slime sealed that one. But to each his own.🏍💨🛐✝
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post #7 of 29 Old 07-12-2018, 09:01 AM
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If it was a back tire i would plug it and not worry about it. I would replace the tire if it was the front.
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post #8 of 29 Old 07-12-2018, 10:11 AM
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Patch from the inside.

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post #9 of 29 Old 07-12-2018, 10:32 AM
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Michelin tires have a ridged interior surface that makes patching them a no go. You cant get the patch to hold to the uneven surface, nor can you grind the surface smooth. String seal the tire and watch it for a while. I find plugs slowly leak too much.

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post #10 of 29 Old 07-12-2018, 11:19 PM
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I love my TPMS.

It gives me a nice warm feeling knowing my pressures are good and if I do get a problem I get to choose where and when I fix it.

I would plug it and ride on.
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