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About a month ago I put on a battleaxe Bridgestone 020 rear tire. It was nice, and I liked it. That was at 11,100 miles. Today at 12,200 miles I was forced to put a new tire on because a 3" screw was sticking out of it!!

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Gina's BMW in IA city does great work. Still though its absolutley painful to put on a new tire, when the previous one is barely broke in and is good for another 9000 miles. :cry:

For those of you wondering I decided to go with a metlzer Z6 for the heck of it. Hopefully its gonna be a good road tire. It had better be because tires are expensive!

So anyways sorry about ranting, I'm just mad because being a student does not leave me with large amounts of money to throw at stupid problems like this.

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I know many will disagree, but I would have plugged that :shock: I've been running a plug since early April and almost 9000 miles and as a cpl members here can testify, I don't exactly "baby" my Wee through the curves :D
 

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I have to say that because of the information I received from this site I ran a stock (So called Deathwing ) front tire for the last 6000 miles With a Plug .. I followed the advice of the group and no wobble , leaks or wierd tread wear paterns. Again it was the front I wouldn't hesitate now to put plugs into any tire... 'Speially @ 170. 00 a shot... :shock: yup with mount and ballance and UGHHH ...YOMV
 

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Yeh I've heard alot of different opinions on plugging tires, and I think if the same situation happens again I'll plug it up and see how it goes. I can say that I'd never plug a front tire no matter what. I can risk the rear, but if the front screws up your going down.

I got to test out my air compressor. At least that worked... :roll:
 

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Can I buy your old tire?



zed88 said:
About a month ago I put on a battleaxe Bridgestone 020 rear tire. It was nice, and I liked it. That was at 11,100 miles. Today at 12,200 miles I was forced to put a new tire on because a 3" screw was sticking out of it!!

:evil:

Gina's BMW in IA city does great work. Still though its absolutley painful to put on a new tire, when the previous one is barely broke in and is good for another 9000 miles. :cry:

For those of you wondering I decided to go with a metlzer Z6 for the heck of it. Hopefully its gonna be a good road tire. It had better be because tires are expensive!

So anyways sorry about ranting, I'm just mad because being a student does not leave me with large amounts of money to throw at stupid problems like this.

Pics of the offending screw:




:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
 

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Definitely +1 on plugging it, you'll be fine. Or even though some of that slime stuff in there (not the actual slime, though) - the kind that balances your wheel and doesn't get the nasty buildup for double protection (and piece of mind).
 

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Slime or Ride-On Won't work with that screw position. It's too close to the rim. I'm trying to figure out how a screw could be in that position unless somebody put it the on purpose.
 

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sporthog93 said:
Can I buy your old tire?
The tire's already been recycled. For all I know the dealer then patched it and sold it as a side deal. Sorry.
 

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Slime or Ride-On Won't work with that screw position. It's too close to the rim. I'm trying to figure out how a screw could be in that position unless somebody put it the on purpose.
Thats actually a possibility as my job requires that people be upset at me sometimes :roll: Unfournatley unless something happens again I've got nothing to go on right now. The screw was in a section of the tire that I never ride on, and it also was not scuffed when I picked it up. I'd figure being a road screw it would have had a mark on it somewhere.

I hope it was just a freak accident because its very difficult to get compensation in situations like this. If it happens again I'll flip out.

Thanks for letting me know about the ride on, I figured it was to far out of the path for centrifugal force to work.

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Where would I find some good articles on patching tubeless tires? What type of tools and equipment would you need? Where do you buy the stuff? Shops in this area will not patch anymore due to liability concerns (called 4) and I wouldent mind knowing how to do it myself.

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I'm a distributor for Ultraseal here in the UK which would have sorted that puncture, provided that you uncrewed the screw, rather than just pulled it out.

Ultraseal is an American product, so I'm sure you'd be able to get it. Just put it in your new tyre and forget it. Most punctures would be sealed without you having to do anything, but it won't seal puntcures that damage the tyre in such a way that made it dangerous. Deffinately better than a plug, IMHO, and the repair is guaranteed for the life of the tyre

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I would be careful plugging a BT020. I used a Stop-N-Go plug on a BT020 (FZ-1 Yamaha) after I picked-up a sheet-metal screw and the plug separated after about 3 revolutions. Two more plugs did the same thing. These same plugs last forever on both of my cars. It appeared the bike tire cords were chewing thru the plug.

Strings may work better but I would not go with plugs on a BT020.
 

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I hate to bring up my old thread, but hey guess what! Today I got a staple in my tire (metzler z6 with 3777 miles). It was right in middle of two tread blocks near the center so I patched that sucker with a string type kit after reaming it out good. I'll let you guys know how it holds out. Even changing my own tires, I can't keep letting rear tires die with few miles on them. When I get home next I'll put a patch on the inside of the tire for peace of mind. I'll let everyone know what happens!
 

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The best way to reduce flats is to add a mudguard to the front fender. Most flats happen when a front tire rolls over an object and pops it up for the rear tire to meet. Almost all flats are rear tire flats.
 
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