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Old 07-17-2008, 01:42 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, 01:54 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, 02:54 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, 05:03 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, 08:21 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, 08:27 PM   #6
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Sticky string, plug it and ride.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:50 PM   #7
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I had just shy of 22k miles on my front tire and about 16k on my rear. both were plugged and have been for the past 112k miles.

The only reason I changed them was because my rear tire was slashed and my front wouldn't pass inspection. By the way after the inspection I put the old front tire back on and did a 5k mile trip without a problem.

IE plug it (use worms) and forget about it.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:22 AM   #8
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I had just shy of 22k miles on my front tire and about 16k on my rear. both were plugged and have been for the past 112k miles.
What kind of tires are you using that you get 112,000 miles out of them!?!


Also, most shops will not plug tires due to their liability (lawyers, dammit)


Some independent shops will.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:32 AM   #9
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I just did 1300 kilometers on my plugged rear tire yesterday. I hope to run another 1200 with it today and throw it out when I get home. It'll be bald by then.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:52 AM   #10
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Plugging from a shops' viewpoint does not make sense. Why do something for $5 when you can do it for whatever they charge for a flat nowadays?

In addition, there is the fact that a small percentage of plugs may leak. Usually you can just put a different one in and they seal OK, but a shop that would only patch tires by plugging will have some bring-backs over the course of time where a shop that only patches will hopefully not.

I would hope this is a moot topic since I think that every bike with tubeless tires should have a couple of the string plugs carried, and the riders should know how to install them.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:52 AM   #11
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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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Old 07-24-2008, 02:03 AM   #12
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What kind of tires are you using that you get 112,000 miles out of them!?!
They are super duper top secret tires. Ok it was a typo I meant 12k miles.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:28 AM   #13
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They are super duper top secret tires. Ok it was a typo I meant 12k miles.
OK! What kind of tires are you getting 12k out of??????????????
What bike, what tires, what tire pressure, what type riding? I'd love to get 10k out of any tire.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:27 PM   #14
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OK! What kind of tires are you getting 12k out of??????????????
What bike, what tires, what tire pressure, what type riding? I'd love to get 10k out of any tire.
the first set of tires were
D206F for the front
I believe the rear was also a D206

Then I replaced the rear with 180\70 rear from a Valkyrie\VTX (D251 possibly?)

When it was slashed I replaced it with another Valkyrie\VTX rear

I just spooned on a new D206 front the other week.

I run about 42psi in the rear and 38-40 up front, lower in the twisties.

this is on my Shadow btw, you can't get anywhere near 20k on a Sport or DS tire, you'd be lucky to even get half that.
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:31 AM   #15
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I carry one of these and I consider it good, no worries ever, I have run tires all the way down ,never had one fail.

This is the best plug system out IMO. Simple and effective.
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