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Old 05-02-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Need help plugging a tire

The rear tire on Daytona had a slow air leak and I finally found the problem last night after looking at the tire a dozen times. There was what appeared to be half of a staple (construction type, not desk) through the tire.

I guess my issue is that I have a plug kit, but the plug tool is probably 15-20 times larger in diameter than the staple I pulled out. Should I really ream it out that large?

I know the correct answer is to buy a new tire, but that's not going to happen at least this week and I want to plug it temporarily.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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You'll never get that plug/tire thread in there if you don't "ream" it out. Just fixed one like this two days ago. The staple was in a tread block in the middle of the tire. So far after two hundred miles everything is good.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:00 PM   #3
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Hell yeah ream it out!
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:20 PM   #4
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OK, sounds good. Going to try it tonight or tomorrow. I just felt odd putting an even bigger hole in something that holds air. I
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:11 PM   #5
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I would just put a patch on the inside rather than ream out that tiny hole.
Basically, I'd rate the solutions as follows, though they probably will all work as well as a new tire:

Correct: New Tire
Cheap: remove tire, and patch from inside
Cheap and Lazy: Snotstring plug
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:39 PM   #6
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I've had very good results with the brown, gummy worm plugs. Run the reamer through once or twice- don't go crazy with it. Use some glue to lube the hole and the string and stick the string in. I cut it off about 1/8 inch above the tire: this forms a 'mushroom' on the outside of the tire that bonds to the tire with the heat of running. It should bond well inside the tire as well, and be good as long as the tire lasts.

The worst thing that can happen is you'll get another slow leak there but in my experience (3 tires) these plugs hold fine. Check your air regularly and ride.

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Old 05-02-2011, 08:03 PM   #7
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Ream it out, put cement on the string plug, put the plug in, fill with air, ride it.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:03 AM   #8
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ream it out, put cement on the string plug, put the plug in, fill with air, ride it.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:53 PM   #9
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Ream the crap out of it and use a mushroom plug.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:01 PM   #10
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