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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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what is the problem with the CO2 inflators ?
All a matter of preference I guess, I would rather use an electric powered pump anyday over multiple C02 canisters. You can simply take off your seat and power from the battery, or you can plug into an aux outlet. I have Happy Trails panniers, so all of my tire repair junk is with me at all times.
 

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All a matter of preference I guess, I would rather use an electric powered pump anyday over multiple C02 canisters. You can simply take off your seat and power from the battery, or you can plug into an aux outlet. I have Happy Trails panniers, so all of my tire repair junk is with me at all times.
I tried to run a little pump to inflate my camping mattress off my battery and it wouldn't work...
 

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I tried to run a little pump to inflate my camping mattress off my battery and it wouldn't work...
I have a battery powered unit for that, works like a charm and packs away small. The slime pump works awesome for tires, trust me. ;)
 

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I have a battery powered unit for that, works like a charm and packs away small. The slime pump works awesome for tires, trust me. ;)
I got the battery powered pump too. It is perfect. But, seems like if the battery wouldn't work for that pump, it would not work to pump up a tire...
 

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I tried to run a little pump to inflate my camping mattress off my battery and it wouldn't work...
Air mattresses require different pumps. Air mattress pumps are high volume low pressure and tire pumps are high pressure low volume. So a tire pump will eventually pump an air mattress up but it will take a long time.

For an air mattress I use a 12v (cigarette lighter) pump. It has worked for two trips to AK just fine. Blows a twin size up in a minute or two.

As for the battery powered ones. I used one years ago and it failed on my first trip. Got one again hoping they were better for a kayak trip. On the second trip it failed too (not the batteries). So I got to sleep on the ground. :headbang:

So I will stick with the wired one for the air mattresses.
 

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Air mattresses require different pumps. Air mattress pumps are high volume low pressure and tire pumps are high pressure low volume. So a tire pump will eventually pump an air mattress up but it will take a long time.
I knew I was ignorant, but this may be a new low...:headbang:
 

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My preference are string "plugs". I've used them dozens of times on my work trucks an motorcycles without problems. Not mentioned yet are push through mushroom plugs. I've had friends use them with varying success. Last year a buddies GS got a large rectangular piece of iron in his tire. Going through his entire Nealey kit without success, we used two of my fat string plugs and it held for two days until he got home. I only use CO2 cartridges (and patch kit) on my dirt bikes as there is no battery. Mini compressed on the other bikes, inflation/sealing canisters in the trucks (mini compressors take too long on a truck tire)
On our bigger bikes and on the front of the DL's, I eventually take the tire to a local shop to remove the string plug and install a patch plug. It looks like a patch with a tail in the center, and installed from the inside with smoothing and glue, and the tail acting as a plug. Never had or heard of a problem with them.
 

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I carry a plug kit and a stop & go compressor that just plugs into my Battery Tender connection.....Works great, no flat tires so far......Plugging the tire isn't the problem, pumping it up after can be. Carry a compressor, you'll be glad you did...............td
 

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My preference are string "plugs". I've used them dozens of times on my work trucks an motorcycles without problems. ..
I'm with you on the strings.

I have done (I think) five tire repairs on bikes (4 on mine and one on friend's while riding) plus had one done a few years ago on my Porsche Boxster.

A couple of the bike tire repairs were on nearly-new tires so the plugs went around 12,000 miles; the one on the Boxster went similar mileage. In all cases the plugs were in the tires until they were scrapped for normal wear.

I also use a small air pump that sits under the seat. It works well and I can depend on it. I screwed up one of my first repairs and had to do it a couple of times. I wasted a lot of air that I suspect would have been drained a few CO2 cylinders.

..Tom
 
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