Best Tire Plugger - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
number34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Salem,OR
Posts: 81
Best Tire Plugger

Ok, looking to fellow Troopers on this one. With the upcoming Alaska journey I'm in need of a Tire Plug Kit. Have a pump but haven't used/bought a Plug Kit. Any recommendations for which to get or to stay away from? Thanks guys! Appreciate any input.

2011 Suzuki DL650 ABS "Max"
number34 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 02:22 PM
Super Moderator
 
Big B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Central OHIO "Go Buckeyes"
Posts: 16,603
Garage
Cheap slime tire plug kit, works great. Stay away from the C02 type tire inflation systems, Slime makes a cheap air pump "as do others" that work great.

BRIAN "GO Buckeyes, GO Wildcats"!

2015 DL650 XT "Hector"

1997 Honda Valkyrie 1500 custom “Dolores”




Big B is offline  
post #3 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 02:25 PM
Vinegarjoe
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Montana
Posts: 64
Garage
best tire plugger

what is the problem with the CO2 inflators ?
Vinegarjoe is offline  
 
post #4 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
number34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Salem,OR
Posts: 81
Thanks Brian, hoping it just gets to sit in my bags but better to be prepared out there :-)

2011 Suzuki DL650 ABS "Max"
number34 is offline  
post #5 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 02:59 PM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
RLBrooks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Walla Walla, WA (USA)
Posts: 78
I've never plugged a tire or for that matter tried to fix a flat on the side of the road. (I had one flat years ago and sorely remember the PITA getting the bike to a shop to get it fixed.) I've found the Slime kit in Amazon and I see the small portable compressor too.

When fixing a flat, beside plugging the tire and using the cement that goes on the plug, is it also necessary to put stuff like Slime in the tire? Can you just plug the tire, pump it up, and go? At this point I'm not sure I want to deal with the bottle of goo and the mess it makes inside the tire that'll have to be dealt with later when replacing the tire.

Comments?

Cheers... [B][I][COLOR="Red"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"]Russ[/FONT][/COLOR][/I][/B]

2012 DL650AL2 Adventure (Sold)
2013 TU250x
RLBrooks is offline  
post #6 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 03:01 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Near Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 288
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vinegarjoe View Post
what is the problem with the CO2 inflators ?
For a ride to AK I will always go with a pump over a CO2 inflator. CO2's seem to be fine but they require a new cartridge every time you use it and that adds up in weight. And if your plug isn't right you've just wasted your only air (depending on how many cartridges you have. The pump however just plug it in again. These pumps are small low volume high pressure pumps and so far I have had nothing but good luck with them. I do have a Co2 also but have yet to use it.

In my experience what can go wrong will. Like a plug not sealing.

2005 V-Strom 650
w/ to much added stuff to list.
JasonLester is offline  
post #7 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 03:04 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Peoria, IL
Posts: 365
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vinegarjoe View Post
what is the problem with the CO2 inflators ?
+1 on that question

'08 Yellow DL650

Engine Guards; Bash Plate; Centerstand; 1" Bar Risers; Adjustable Lowering Links; OEM Top/Side Cases; EB Headlight Relay; OEM Handguards; Fork Brace; Piece a crap Windscreen; Broken Shift Lever (Tap/Bolt/Duct Tape); New Tires (but I coulda run on that plugged rear another 4k)
BumbleV is offline  
post #8 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 03:07 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Near Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 288
Quote:
Originally Posted by RLBrooks View Post
I've never plugged a tire or for that matter tried to fix a flat on the side of the road. (I had one flat years ago and sorely remember the PITA getting the bike to a shop to get it fixed.) I've found the Slime kit in Amazon and I see the small portable compressor too.

When fixing a flat, beside plugging the tire and using the cement that goes on the plug, is it also necessary to put stuff like Slime in the tire? Can you just plug the tire, pump it up, and go? At this point I'm not sure I want to deal with the bottle of goo and the mess it makes inside the tire that'll have to be dealt with later when replacing the tire.

Comments?
No just plug (with the glue or whatever) it and wait whatever time if it says to and pump it up and go. The goop stuff they make I would not even take. Much less poor in my tire to help seal what the plug and glue may have missed. I've heard the stuff works some times but never needed it....

Not that I have had flats on my bike out....fortunately

2005 V-Strom 650
w/ to much added stuff to list.
JasonLester is offline  
post #9 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 03:12 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
bwringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indy
Posts: 3,273
The Nealey kits are the best:

Nealey Tire Repair Kit

The "Mini" kit will work on any motorcycle or car tire.

They're a little different than the standard sticky string:
- No glue needed
- They come in a very handy compact plastic tube complete with inserting tool.
- The only other tool needed is a knife, wire cutters, or scissors to cut the cord once inserted.
- The insertion method is a bit different -- you end up basically tying a knot inside the tire. The repair can't come out.
- The first kit I bought is about five years old, and the repairs are still soft and sticky. High quality stuff.
- The insertion tool is not a reamer or rasp that injures the tire further


And yeah, I agree -- a pump is the only way to go. You need a LOT of CO2 carts to fill a tire to a rideable pressure, and once you run out of cartridges (if you have a leak or a second puncture), you're pretty much screwed.

2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening
bwringer is offline  
post #10 of 46 Old 04-08-2014, 03:15 PM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
RLBrooks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Walla Walla, WA (USA)
Posts: 78
The Slime site doesn't seem to mention motorcycles at all. cars, trucks, bicycles, and lawn equipment but no cycles. Is there any size that is appropriate for motorcycles vs cars, etc? Does one size plug kit fit all or is there anything I should avoid? Here's a link to what I found on Amazon when I searched for a plug kit...

Amazon.com: Slime 1034-A T-Handle Tire Plug Kit: Automotive

Cheers... [B][I][COLOR="Red"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"]Russ[/FONT][/COLOR][/I][/B]

2012 DL650AL2 Adventure (Sold)
2013 TU250x
RLBrooks is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome