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Old 01-25-2009, 06:23 PM   #1
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Tire puncture

Hey guys,
I just bought a new rear Tourrance tire and subsequently rode over a roofing nail which hit perfectly in center tire. My question; can this tire be patched with a plug at a shop and used without concern, or am I screwed or "nailed" for the cost of a new tire?
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:25 PM   #2
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I'd throw a plug in it an ride, but that's just me.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:27 PM   #3
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My skin is worth another tire, but that is just me.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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You can plug it, but the safest repair would be a thick patch on the inside, and you can find patches made for this purpose at most any auto parts store.

I'm lazy and would just pulg it with a snot string and ride.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:34 PM   #5
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I use a string plug when on the road, but when I get home I yank it, and put a patch/plug in its place.



You usually can buy patch/plugs at some autoparts stores. I also buy vulcanizing cement and use it as well.

I like the patch plug because after a few heat cycles the patch bonds completely with the tire, and the plug blocks the hole so rocks and crap can't get jamed back into the tire.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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Had 500 miles on my rear Metzler and found a nail dead center in tread groove. Took the wheel off and took it to Midas or Meineke and they put a string plug in it and told me not to tell anyone due to liabilty. Have been meaning to dismount the tire and put on a proper vulcan patch from the inside but now I have an additional 4,000 miles on it and am just waiting to run it out and replace it in do time. My first 1 or 2 hundred miles I was worried and every bump and clunk I thought it was my rear going flat but 6 months and 4000 miles later it is still holding air and running strong.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:34 AM   #7
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took it to Midas or Meineke and they put a string plug in it and told me not to tell anyone
Well, you blew that, didn't you?

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Unless you're taking the bike to the track plug it and go...
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Unless you're taking the bike to the track plug it and go...

I guess what bothers me about string plugs, is that even after 1000 miles of road travel (I picked up a nail on my way to BYOB 08), I could still grab the plug from the inside of the tire with pliers and pull it out with little effort.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:02 PM   #10
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Unless you're taking the bike to the track plug it and go...
Well, I kinda ride like I'm on the track (speed laws dictate, of course!)
I will try to do the vulcanization plug from the inside and see...

Thanks for all the input and experience; I can't believe this is my first flat after 80K+ miles!
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:30 PM   #11
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I guess what bothers me about string plugs, is that even after 1000 miles of road travel (I picked up a nail on my way to BYOB 08), I could still grab the plug from the inside of the tire with pliers and pull it out with little effort.
Sure, but you can pull the valve stem off with a pair of pliers, too. It's a little more work, but the valve stem is exposed to rocks, etc, outside the tire.

I figure the odds of the string failing are much less than the odds of picking up another nail. Has anyone ever had a string fail?
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I figure the odds of the string failing are much less than the odds of picking up another nail. Has anyone ever had a string fail?
I've seen two of them fail. One blew out immediately after we inflated the tire, and after several tries, including inserting two string plugs at once we couldn't it to stop the leak. The other was on someone elses bike at an ADV rally. He threw it while moving, but was able to get the bike stopped under control. Again, the tire wouldn't easily hold another plug. Eventually got it to hold air with someone's bmw plug kit using a mushroom plug.

Both of those failures were on performance street tires. Both tire carcasses seemed to be thin compared to the chunky tourances I've got on my bike.
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I guess what bothers me about string plugs, is that even after 1000 miles of road travel (I picked up a nail on my way to BYOB 08), I could still grab the plug from the inside of the tire with pliers and pull it out with little effort.


As long as you keep people out of your tire, you should be OK
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:38 PM   #15
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When using snot plugs, remember to cut the string flush with the tire surface.
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