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Old 09-03-2005, 08:33 AM   #14
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I had a plugged tire on my pickup explode. Probably because of loss of pressure while I was driving. It happened about 20 miles after I left the shop. For autos; no good tire shop will plug a tire. Automobile tire manufacturers definitely recommend against it.

After plugging a tire, the GS manual recommends a reduced maximum speed (pretty slow) and tire replacement.

Just remember that all of the control forces are transmitted through the tire/road interface.

I agree that if you are careful, the failure is a low probability event and many people have used plugs successfully. The possibility of tire failure is, however, significantly increased. If I can eliminate a risk for a few hundred bucks, I'll do it.

The difficult part of safety is that you don't get any extra, you just get to keep what you have.
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