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post #1 of 15 Old 04-16-2013, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Plugged my first tire

Well... After two 300 mile runs last week I got my first nail. Plugged it with a kit from the auto store and am having no perceptible leaks. It's an Anakee 2 on the rear so a replacement at 5500 miles would be REAL annoying. I hear it is dangerous to just plug (vs patch) but I'm not handy enough to patch so hoping this works out. Seems counter intuitive to make the hole so much bigger to plug but it worked. Anyone else plug a tire in the center tread and been happy?

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I rode on my last front tire with a plug for 4500 more miles before it was toast. I noticed no difference and had no abnormal air loss

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-17-2013, 10:53 AM
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You are going to get the hand wringing nay sayers and those that have gotten thousands of more miles.
I plugged a tire and got a few hundred miles before it failed. Tried to replug and it didn't work...phooey. Tire was new too. I had to get a replacement.
If it hadn't failed I'da kept going.
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-17-2013, 11:38 AM
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I hear a lot of concerns about plugging tires but I think much depends on what kind of plug you use and how well it is done.

I use the "string" type of plug.. I fixed three nail-holes on my 2006 DL650 and each time rode quite a ways afterwards. (At least one tire was almost brand new and I used it until it wore out) I also fixed a nail hole on my 2007 Porsche Boxster and drove it for 20,000+ km after before wearing out the tire.


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post #5 of 15 Old 04-17-2013, 07:24 PM
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I plug them and ride on. But, about 50% of the time they start leaking slightly. I always check pressure in a plugged tire before every ride on it. I have had better luck using 2 plugs at the same time. Put two on the tool in a cross and shove them in. Its pretty hard to do, but the leakage issue I have is much better with 2 plugs.

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post #6 of 15 Old 04-17-2013, 07:29 PM
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-17-2013, 07:33 PM
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I always use the tire glue in conjunction with the worn type plugs... I plugged many of my truck tires (and a few bike ones) this way and have had a 99% success rate...

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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You'll be alright with just a plug. I plugged countless tires and put many thousands of miles on plugged tires as have lots of other folks I personally know and it's not a huge issue.
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I like the instructions.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-18-2013, 12:45 PM
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One other thing which should be obvious but might get overlooked is if the offending object is still in the tire observe the angle as you pull it out. Then try and follow this angle when inserting the rasp (or reamer) and the plug. I usually get everything ready first and then pull out the object last so that I don't have to remember which way it came out.

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