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post #1 of 22 Old 07-30-2004, 03:30 PM
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Tire Plug?

Anyone ever had to do it? I was always told that it was a bad idea. I recently plugged my rear due to an invasion by a small nail. The tire was pretty new and I just couldn't justify tossing it. SO far it's working out.
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-30-2004, 03:39 PM
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Been plugging and riding for years and thousands of miles - never a problem. Started when I saw a dealer changing tires at a BMW ralley about 10 years ago. He was replacing a riders tire that looked brand new but had a nail. A guy watching asked if he could buy the tire and the dealer said no. The guy said "liability right?" the dealer replied "no it's going to go on my bike". He then smiled and said no one in his shop ever bought a new tire.

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I've pugged mine a few times now, but more often than not, it is getting close to time to replace the tire anyway, so I usually put on a new one right away. BTW, I carry a kit from Progressive Suspension that has the plugs, tools, and a giant CO2 cylinder, very handy!
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post #4 of 22 Old 08-02-2004, 06:57 PM
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Re: Tire Plug?

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I recently plugged my rear due to an invasion by a small nail.
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First off, be careful what you put in print or people will take your words out of context. :twisted:

Secondly, I used to put plugs in my auto tires. They lasted for a time, but sooner or later most of them came out of the tire as it wore. I view tire plugs as an intermediate solution to a long-term problem.
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I used to put plugs in my auto tires. They lasted for a time, but sooner or later most of them came out of the tire as it wore.
I have NEVER, EVER, seen a mushroom head plug come out of a tire after it was installed correctly.
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Naw, you aren't likely to see on come out. I put 300 miles on one, but I wouldn't feel right about going a whole lot farther.

Why Yukon42 if you're in Vegas? I'm in Alaska, near the Yukon River.....
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Moved to Vegas 3 years ago from a 35 year stint in Alaska.....Anchorage to be exact. Wouldn't trade the Alaska summers for any summer anywhere else in the world. However, the winters are a different matter! :lol:

While I was working at the "Motorcycle Shop" in Anchorage back in 2000, a friend of mine & another rider did a ride up to Dawson City: both on BMW GS's (a lot of gravel don'tchaknow). One of them put a rather large size rock through their tire (about 1 inch long by 1/2 inch). They plugged it with about 5 or 6 mushroom head plugs and it held all the way back to Anchorage from just outside Dawson City. We cut the plugged section out of the tire so you could see the inside. It was unbelievable the way it was sealed up! We mounted it on the parts counter and sold an untold number of plug kits after that!
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I used Ride-On after picking up a screw and rode the rear tire for 6,000+ miles. The stuff does not solidify and worked great. Since it stays liquid it does not throw the tire out of balance. It's not good for very large holes but anything with a screw or nail is not a problem. I ride all year and the stuff does not freeze.

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I have never plugged a bike (YET), But I have plugged several cars. Never a problem.


On a bike
I wouldnt hesitate to do it as log as the puncture was in the vicinity of the center line of the tire. If it was out toward the edge I would feel nervous. BUT If i had to do it to get home.. I would .. as long as it holds air.

I think "when" it happens to me.. If the tire is past 60% of it's life .. then I may spring for a tire earlier...

However, Like I said I would do whatever it takes to get my bike home should the offending puncture leave me out in the boonies.....


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I picked up a very sharp rock in my back tire just outside of Tok Alaska the other day and had to install a crappy strip type of plug (thievs had made off with my tank bag and my progressive tire kit was inside). I proceded all the way to Portland OR and the tire held pressure the whole way. I have just ordered a new set of skins for the bike because they were getting a bit low on tread around Tok, bald by Whitehorse, dnagerous by Dawsin Creek, and I was stupid for riding another 1000 miles after that. in the rain.

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