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Old 07-23-2008, 07:25 AM   #1
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Tire plugging 101 - GS plug?

OK, I just got screwed for the first time. (not what you're thinking.)

Took a 3" wood screw in the front tire.....never done a plug before.

Do you guys use the GSA plugs that came in the tool kit? Or is there something else you can recommend?

Any special techniques?
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:01 AM   #2
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OK, I just got screwed for the first time. (not what you're thinking.)

Took a 3" wood screw in the front tire.....never done a plug before.

Do you guys use the GSA plugs that came in the tool kit? Or is there something else you can recommend?

Any special techniques?

Check this... should help...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...uncture+repair
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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My local BMW dealer held an evening tire repair clinic, which I found very helpful. They demonstrated with the BMW kit on a few bikes, drilling holes and having us repair them under supervision.
A few tips:
Really get at it and bore the crap out of the hole with the hand tool. You want to scruff the hell out of the hole...more the better. "If you don't break a sweat, it ain't enough"!
Lube the hole with the glue, then lube the plug tip when it's mounted on the hand tool thing. Lube is good
Important: when inserting the plug push hard STRAIGHT in, then pull back STRAIGHT out in one movement. DO NOT twist the hand tool! Helge Pedersen demonstarted this in his DVD, Globe Trotters, and messed up the patch because he was twisting the damn thing.
Lastly: do not trim the patch flush to the tire. Leave a small section protruding after you trim with the supplied razor.

Sorry, but get a new tire as soon as possible. These patches are meant for emergencies only according to BMW (and the tire sales dept).
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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Sorry, but get a new tire as soon as possible. .
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:04 PM   #5
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A string plug repair will last the life of the tire. Absolutely no need to replace the tire.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:24 PM   #6
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I have had to plug every tire (save the recently installed rear) I have had on my GS (2001 model...5 sets of tires including OE T66s). I have had only one plug leak after several 1000 miles. So, I am a believer that plugs, properly installed work. I heat the tire in the sun before beginning the repair. I caution against being too agressive with the hole file...just enough to expose new, clean rubber. File the hole in the same orientation as the object removed.

Careful not to sever any steel or fabric cords.

Use plenty of glue and allow the plug to cure before riding...30 minutes in the hot sun is about right.

I overinflate to 50 PSI during the plug cure if I am near compressed air.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:28 PM   #7
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A string plug repair will last the life of the tire. Absolutely no need to replace the tire.
That's pretty much been my experience.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:33 PM   #8
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That's pretty much been my experience.
Mine too.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:36 PM   #9
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Plugging a rear tire is ok in my book, plugging a front is a no-no. Too much risk.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:53 PM   #10
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A string plug repair will last the life of the tire. Absolutely no need to replace the tire.
+1 on that.

Had 3 nails in my tire last year. Used a $8 string plug kit from Autozone, and never looked back. The tire wore out before the plug let go. If the plug lets go-- put another one in. Simple.

Just make sure you don't go crazy with the bore/rough tool and make the hole too big.

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Old 07-23-2008, 06:16 PM   #11
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Mine too.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:28 PM   #12
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String Plugs.

Stay away from rubber plugs.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:30 PM   #13
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String Plugs.

Stay away from rubber plugs.
String plugs...the only way to go. A few years ago I installed a new rear tire and it collected a nail less than a mile after installation. Plugged it with a string and rode it for 9000 miles.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:15 AM   #14
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String plugs.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:14 AM   #15
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Plugging a rear tire is ok in my book, plugging a front is a no-no. Too much risk.

...and what are the risks? Please do tell.


My experience with string plugs on a bike or a car, front or rear, is that they work.




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