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Old 02-08-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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Tire Plug

I know that tire manufacturers and dealers say DO NOT run on a tire plug, replace the tire.

Question- Has anyone experience a problem running a plugged tire? Any one ever heard of a catastrophic failure on a bike tire because of a plug?

Reason why I asked is did pick up a nail last week, plugged on the road, finished the 200 mile ride, no problem. Tire is just 4 months old and less than 1K miles.

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Old 02-08-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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You going to hear both sides of this story. Some will say it's fine, and others will tell you of plug failures.
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depends on the hole and if you plug it right, i wouldnt do any hard riding on a plug personally.. dealers wont do them because of liability.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:30 AM   #4
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Repairs of all tires (radial and non-radial) must be of the plug and inside patch type. Using plugs alone on any type of tire is not a safe repair

Speed should not exceed 50 mph (80kph) in the first 24 hours after a repair is made and the repaired tire should never be used at speeds above 80 mph (128 kph).
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my homemade plug came out and was smeared on the tire. i went by pedros tire service and their plug is still in there. went prolly 120 on it the other day
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I have used these without any problems. Of course i stay within the speed limits when on pluged tire. Not gonna test the speed rating of a plug at 100+MPH.

Although I have pulled on these plugs pretty good to seat them when installing them, none of them have ever pulled back out.

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I had a plugged tire that I used for a few months and it was already an older tire, mine was in the center of the tire so I didn't think it was a big deal. I still rode like I normally did, hauled , squid wheelies, etc, no problems.
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I was on a long road trip and on the Lubbock to Durango leg of the trip picked ukp a nail in the tire. I was on a budget and buying a new tire would have really put a crimp in the trip's budget. A really nice Honda dealership in Clovis, NM bumped me to the head of the service queue and put a plug and patch into the tire. Worked fine on the trip and I rode that tire for several thousand miles afterward. Hole was in the center of the tire and I dont stunt, just ride fast.
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I used to be the "replace the tire" guy but after replacing a couple of tires before they were even a slightly worn I turned into the "just plug it" guy. I've been running on my first plug for a thousand miles or so.. seems fine...
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I'd say it depends.

If its a clean in/out and doesn't damage the cords, you may be ok.

If its a gnarly screw or soemthing and frays a cord, I'd be wary.

Another issue is condensation and/or water getting tot he cord and corroding it to the point of possible failure.

I haven't had to plug a motorcycle tire, *knock on wood*.
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Plugged, and rode like a hellion. Quite a few times.

ONLY if it was clean and in the thick of the tread. If it was between tread blocks, then I bought a new tire. Not saying I am right, but I felt more material to bite into was more safety cusion, than thin rubber, just barely above carcass windings.)
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Our insurance specifically prohibits us from plugging tires.
That said, I've ridden on plugged rear tires till I could afford to replace it.
Have I seen plugged tires fail catastropically? Yes. Is it common? No, but on a single track vehicle a tire failure is not a fun thing.
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I used to be the "replace the tire" guy but after replacing a couple of tires before they were even a slightly worn I turned into the "just plug it" guy. I've been running on my first plug for a thousand miles or so.. seems fine...
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i have pluged every tire that got a nail! i haven't had any problems as of today and got 1000's of miles on this tires.

did i rode any different??? NO!
i got a nail on my rear tire when it was new then pluged it and rode it untill the wires were showing.

you have to make sure that you do plug it right! dont make the hole tooooo big...
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on another note.... i would be more concern about the valve steam.
one of them cracked on me at 110 on the front wheel and that was some f*cked up chit to feel.

make sure to ether change that $4 valve steam everytime you change your tire (just to be safe)
or.. put metal valve steam.
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Ran 2 plugs on the same tire until I could afford a replacement. But then I'm slow.

Somebody mentioned the "mushroom" type plugs earlier - those tend to help me sleep better at night.
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Mushroom plugs are the best way to go and yes I have plugged many tires with no trouble.
That said, you have to be aware that there could be a failure just not likely. It all depends on the tire, the hole and it's location and how you ride. Speed probably won't be a problem but really agressive cornering might stress the tire.
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lots of folks over on the FJR forum, including me, have run many, many miles on plugged tires without an issue.

BUT, it does depend on what caused the puncture and where it is on the tire.

Never had or heard of a problem with the "sticky string" plugs but have heard of more than one who has used a "mushroom plug" and had it come out.
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