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Old 07-17-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Plugging Tire

I know you adventures plug your tires. Why does the bike shop refuse to plug? I have 500 miles on a new set of Metzler ZX6's and found a nail in the rear center deep groove. It was an easy fix and holds air. Am I screwed? Do I have to buy a new tire? Is the plug used only to get you to the shop to buy a new tire? Help me out everyone is telling me that I am going to kill myself riding on a plugged tire.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:54 PM   #2
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Gee, lets think, well doesn't the shop sell tires? Bingo, there you go. They feign some liability crap if they plug tires basically. As for plugging it yourself, go ahead and ride it. Use the tar plug, being careful to not twist the awl in two directions, only one. I have run several tires with the tar rope plug many miles with no trouble. Someone will surely post you shouldn't ride on a plug but that is a bunch of shit in my opinion, of course. You gotta judge that for yourself, but an awful lot of us ride with plugs and run the remaining life of the tire.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:54 PM   #3
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I use plugs as a temporary repair. I use a patch on the inside of the tire for a permanent repair.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:03 PM   #4
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I could see how on a supersport at full lean riding hard could potentially be a problem - the hole/plug could be the weak spot that starts to tear since there is so much lateral force compared to a car tire that is flat on the ground.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:21 PM   #5
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Lots of shops can't be bothered, shop around.

A properly installed mushroom plug inserted from the INSIDE of the tire won't fail. At least I've never heard of one failing in over 20 years of riding, and I've put thousands of miles on them.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:27 PM   #6
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Sticky string, plug it and ride.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:38 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by VStromTom
Gee, lets think, well doesn't the shop sell tires? Bingo, there you go. They feign some liability crap if they plug tires basically.
Doncha just love conspiracy theories? The less proof there is to back them up, the more people believe them.

Liability is a huge problem when it comes to plugging motorcycle tires, because (a) all the tire companies recommend against it, and (b) some plugs do in fact leak. Put yourself in the position of a bike shop that plugged a tire the manufacturer said shouldn't be plugged, and on which the plug subsequently failed and put the rider on his head. You'd better have a buttload of insurance, and a lawyer with long sharp teeth and a dorsal fin.

My local shop won't plug tires. What they tell riders is to take the tire to a car tire shop, have a patch plug installed from the inside, and bring the tire back to be mounted on the bike wheel. No liability since the customer had the questionable work done elsewhere.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:52 AM   #8
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Plug it and ride. I snuck a plug through tech inspection at RA and it held to 160 mph.
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