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Old 04-01-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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Patch or replace? (Plug) Tire question

So rode last night and decided I was sick of the tar ie dirty rims I have needed to clean for 6 months. I stop at a friends some Grease lighning and BAM shiny.. then I see it........ The f'n nail in my back tire.
So the question is plug or new tire. Tight on funds right now but if the price is right ill get a new one. Anyone know if anyone has new rear tires for sale ><

Also side note. Tires seam to be flattening out pretty fast. Pressure seams ok. I know i am more of a straight road rider but lol any ideas to slowing this down. and NO im not going to stop riding.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:01 AM   #2
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So rode last night and decided I was sick of the tar ie dirty rims I have needed to clean for 6 months. I stop at a friends some Grease lighning and BAM shiny.. then I see it........ The f'n nail in my back tire.
So the question is plug or new tire. Tight on funds right now but if the price is right ill get a new one. Anyone know if anyone has new rear tires for sale ><

Also side note. Tires seam to be flattening out pretty fast. Pressure seams ok. I know i am more of a straight road rider but lol any ideas to slowing this down. and NO im not going to stop riding.
The last time I had a puncture I took it to a tire shop that does vulcanized patches. Way better than a plug. The place I took it did tire work for medium and heavy duty trucks. Call around. I am sure you can find a place.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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First the bad part.
Saying the tire pressure "seems" to be ok, is an indication that you don't how much pressure is in them. Motorcycle tire pressure is very impotant for grip, and tire wear.
Buy a good quality guage and use it at least once a week.

The good part.
IMHO if the nail is in the tread, I would plug it and ride it.
That said, I would ride it with the thought in mind that there is a hole in my tire being plugged. I wouldn't be doing highspeed, hard cornering ride the out the bike until I got a new tire.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:09 AM   #4
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Plug it from the inside (if you can find someone to do it). Start saving and buy a new tire ASAP. IMO.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:26 AM   #5
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How many miles left on the tire?

I'd plug/plug-patch it, and just piddle around on it. No high speed, extended freeway bombing, or knee dragging.

If you go to pull the nail out and can HEAR or SEE that it has ripped the cords, go ahead and wait for the new tire.
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My buddy rode his bike with 5 plugs in one hole.. he did wheelies with it too! But if want pnp cycles have used tires for sale...or you can buy a new one from them or bring your own and have them mounted.. $35 if the wheels on the bike.
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Personally, I would ALWAYS replace the tire. Doesn't matter if the tire is just one day old and gets a puncture. I'll plug it just so I can get home.....but beyond that, time to replace. There are two things that I always want to be in good working order on a bike, the tires and the brakes.
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My buddy rode his bike with 5 plugs in one hole.. he did wheelies with it too! But if want pnp cycles have used tires for sale...or you can buy a new one from them or bring your own and have them mounted.. $35 if the wheels on the bike.
5 plugs in one hole. I've heard of something similar to that. What's it called again...... DVDA?
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5 plugs in one hole. I've heard of something similar to that. What's it called again...... DVDA?
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Riding on an improperly repaired tire is dangerous. An improper repair can cause further damage to the tire. It may suddenly fail, causing serious personal injury or death. To be safe, go to your local dealer for proper tire repairs.

Before having a tire repaired, tell your local dealer if you have used an aerosol fixer to inflate/ seal the tire. Aerosol fixers could contain a highly volatile gas. Always remove the valve core outdoors, away from sources of excessive heat, flame, or sparks and completely deflate the tire before removing it from the rim for repair.

Never repair a tire with less than 1/32nd inch (0.8 millimeters) tread remaining. At this tread depth, the tire is worn out and must be replaced.

Never repair a tire with a puncture larger than 1/4 inch (6.4 millimeters) in diameter. Such tires cannot be properly repaired and must be replaced.

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.

Never repair a tire with a puncture or other damage outside the tread area. Such tires cannot be properly repaired and must be replaced.

Any tire repair done without removing the tire from the rim is improper.
Tubes, like tires, should be repaired only by a qualified tire service person.

Never use a tube as a substitute for a proper repair.

A tire's speed rating is void if the tire is repaired, retreaded, damaged or abused, or otherwise altered from its original condition. Thereafter, it should be treated as a non-speed-rated tire.

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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The good part.
IMHO if the nail is in the tread, I would plug it and ride it.
That said, I would ride it with the thought in mind that there is a hole in my tire being plugged. I wouldn't be doing highspeed, hard cornering ride the out the bike until I got a new tire.
I did on both times i had a nail... actually the only problem i had was my front tire's valve steam cracked on me at 100mph and that was scary.....

other then that.... i've plugged tires left to right and haven't had any problems! (knock on wood)
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Iíve plugged my tire and was able to get full use. You should be fine but if you have any doubt patch it!
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a true patch plug (from the inside) using a vulcanizing agent, and done properly will last the life of the tire. as long as it is in the middle 50% (not the outer 25%), it will be just fine.

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