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Old 05-20-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Tubeless tire repair

Would you put a plug in a tubeless tire?
I change all my own off-road tube type tires but the V Strom
rear has me befuddled. Got a screw in the tire and need to repair it.
Paid a local shop to do it last time but I like to be self sufficent.
I'm guessing the tire needs to be gotten off the rim and patched from the inside. That's gonna obviously involve more than my homade stand and my tire irons. I need to learn what equipment to buy to accomplish this. And then there's the need to balance.
I did try to search but came up with tube type repairs only.
Can anybody direct me to the info needed to pull this off?
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:42 PM   #2
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People put plugs in tubless tires, yes.

Whether you want to have a shop patch it from the inside - good luck in finding a shop to do this - making it a more secure repair, is up to you.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:19 PM   #3
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My opinion: Plug it and ride. Done it twice on my ST1100, put 1000 more miles on one and 4000 on the other.
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:25 PM   #4
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Get a Safety Seal kit and fix the tire. Takes about 7 minutes which includes time to have a cup coffee and re-inflate the tire.

No worries!

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Old 05-21-2007, 12:02 AM   #5
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I plug my own tires if needed. I haven't had a problem. The Metzeler website has recommendations on the process. I imagine other brands have info on it too. Most motorcycle shops won't do it for a customer.
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:19 AM   #6
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Just did yesterday

Just did my first yesterday. I pulled out a 2" long nail from my tire last night. I used some of the string-style repair plugs I picked up from a random auto-parts store. The kit cost me around $6-8... though I also picked up some extra string to go with it. I patched it up and took a ride to make sure things are all kosher -- they were!

Here's the instructions I used: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65448

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Old 05-21-2007, 05:53 AM   #7
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If you've already got tyre levers etc, you're halfway to being able to remove the tyre if needed.
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:47 AM   #8
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Plugging the tire is great for when you're on the road and need to get home, but the repairs are considerred temporary. Some poeple ride thousands of miles on them with no problems, some people have the string type come out in just a few hundred miles. It might be a good idea to get a tubeless patching kit and some levers and do it at home a time or two so that there aren't any suprises if you need to do it on the road.
Tires are what I do for a living, and you're welcome to PM me with questions.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:19 AM   #9
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I've used string plugs for up to 9000 miles on a tire.

Click here to see a pictorial on how to do it.

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Old 05-21-2007, 10:03 AM   #10
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Anyone have comments on the mushroom type plugs for tubeless MC tires?

I recently got a street bike and was wondering how they work.
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:15 AM   #11
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Thanks a ton folks.
I read thru your excellent instructions Jim and Vec.
Mighty good of you to take time to post this stuff.
I'm planning to get rid of the death wings soon but this will buy a little time.
Hopefully I can learn how to change & balance my own by then.
Seems to me, buying the equipment to mt and balance my own may prove to pay off on the first change out.
I will be able to buy discounted mail order tires rather than buying at the shop.
Can't bring myself to bring my own tires to a shop and ask them to mt them.
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:49 PM   #12
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This is in response to the question about the mushroom plugs for tubeless tires.

This is a video I did with a GS rider from the WOW organization; she carries a tubeless tire plug kit on her cross country rides in case of emergency. Click on the video below the product for a "how-to" demonstration.

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=39000

I hope it helps!
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:23 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by videomama
This is in response to the question about the mushroom plugs for tubeless tires.

This is a video I did with a GS rider from the WOW organization; she carries a tubeless tire plug kit on her cross country rides in case of emergency. Click on the video below the product for a "how-to" demonstration.

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=39000

I hope it helps!
leave it to the bmw crowd to come up with a 50 buck belchfire 8000XLT tire tool/kit dealy-o



awesome walk through!
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:45 PM   #14
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I had TWO plugs in the rear tire of my V-Strom and put quite a few thousand miles on that tire. The plugs did just fine! (Your experience may vary)
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