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post #1 of 20 Old 03-15-2014, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Need opinions - plug in front tire

I plugged my first tire today. It went well. Below is a picture of the plug in the front tire, which has 7,600 miles on it. Would you replace the tire or run it for a few more thousand? This is my fourth bike with tubeless tires but my first ever flat. I live a charmed life. :mrgreen:

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Just my opinion......I don't like plugs on a front tire unless it's just to get me home. I would replace it.
I know of several people who ride thousands of miles on plugged front tires, but not me.
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Given that that tire is already showing cracking, I'd replace it regardless.
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I would always replace plugged front tire. It has steering and most of the braking. You can get buy with rear plug.

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I've run thousands of miles on plugs in rear tires with no problems. Since it is a front tire I would say no. I haven't had a flat on the front yet so I don't know how it feels, but I have no problem handling one on the rear.

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I would replace the tire.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I am going to get new tires.
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post #8 of 20 Old 03-15-2014, 09:43 PM
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I don't see any cracking in that tire but I'm looking at the picture on a tablet so maybe not getting all the detail.

There's a fair bit of life in that tire yet so I'd be tempted to keep using it. But I'd probably patch it from the inside, which would also be an opportunity to inspect it more closely for damage.

I would also say go with your gut: if something just doesn't seem right about the tire get rid of it.
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Given that that tire is already showing cracking, I'd replace it regardless.
Don't like that cracking, I'd personally would go new.

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You might also want to read page 6-41 of your owner's manual for Suzuki's recommendations on the issue.
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