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post #1 of 43 Old 12-28-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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I got a nail in the back tire of my Vstrom 650. This is a new bike with only 1300 miles on the tire. I started to just buy a new tire but have been thinking about trying a product called Stop and Go plug kit. I was just wondering if anyone has tried this plug kit. I have plugged tires before but just as a temporary fix until I could get home and replace the tire.

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You're gonna get the full gamut of replies on this question, ranging from "you'll be fine" to "Don't do it unless you want to die!" Reality is that it depends on the type of tire (steel cords are tougher to plug than aramid/polyester cords), location of hole (center of tread vs near the sidewall), size of the hole, and your skill/experience with the plug kit. Honestly, if the tire has 50% life gone, I wouldn't risk plugging a tire for only a few thousand miles of riding. If it's a brand new $180 tire, I'd certainly try it. Your other option is to demount the tire and use a patch or take it to a tire center and have it professionally repaired. Most places won't repair a MC tire "OFFICIALLY" but if you simply carry it in and do it on a cash basis (no receipt) they'll do the repair.

I've done it both ways--plugs and patches--and run the tires for thousands of miles until the carcass was done and had no problems. I had one tire with steel cords in the tread that I was never able to repair without a slow leak. Try it and see.

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You're gonna get the full gamut of replies on this question, ranging from "you'll be fine" to "Don't do it unless you want to die!"
Well said.
I wouldn't use the Stop & Go plugs for a "permanent" solution. The worm plugs work better.
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I tried repairing my last flat, on a similarly 'new' tire. The thing was, which I did not know at the time, the hole in the tire apparently went into the carcass at an angle, so when I inserted the tire plug metal shaft thingie, I pushed and pushed to no result. I thought it was the belts resisting the tool, so I redoubled my efforts and promptly broke the tool tip off INSIDE the tire carcass......yup, that ain't coming out ever....

I really messed that one up....ended up buying a new tire, but I at least tried to repair it (it was freekin' brand new!)

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I think you're paying for more than you need with that Stop and Go kit. Advance Auto, NAPA, AAA Auto, etc all sell tire plug kits for far less.

I wouldn't hesitate to plug a tire (especially a new tire), unless the hole was too close to the sidewall. The worst case scenario is that the plug will leak and you'll have a flat tire again, at which time you could bite the bullet and get a new tire.

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What supatramp said.
The stop and go is pricey, hard to use and fails easily, in my experience. Worms are cheap and easy to use and worked mo bettah.n Oh, it helps to have a pump with you too.
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I've successfuly used the "worms" for five different repairs on bike tires, and one on one of my cars in the past. These repairs were essentially permanent as I used the fixed tires for many thousands of miles afterwards with no issues.

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stop n go = heavy, pricy, and doesn't work well. In fact, I bought one I will never use again because the worms work so much better..... want it?
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stop n go = heavy, pricy, and doesn't work well. In fact, I bought one I will never use again because the worms work so much better..... want it?
I was just about to post the same thing. Stop-n-Go plugs are utterly useless, fraudulent shite.

I've had excellent results with plain old low-tech sticky string repairs, as long as the tire isn't damaged too badly.

I've also repaired a few tires with plugs inserted from the inside with excellent results as well. You do have to make sure you prepare the area correctly -- rough up the rubber on the inside and clean it thoroughly.

If you're unsure or the puncture is large or at an odd angle or not in the tread, then the safest course is always to replace the tire. Painful, but sometimes that's just what happens.

I carry Nealey sticky string plugs -- they're skinnier and don't need added glue (which is always dried up when you need it). The way you install them basically ties a knot inside the tire. Regular sticky strings from any Walmart or gas station work fine as well.
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I've heard many a report that most times a sticky string plug will work just fine. Better yet, consider it a temporary fix and get a plug patch installed from the inside, or even just a vulcanized patch. I'd be very confident with either of those.
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