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Old 08-01-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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Slow leak on newish tire. Plug it?

Was leaving the office yesterday and as I swung a leg over and sat on it realized I had a flat tire

Rolled it around inspecting the tire figuring I would find a nail or something but couldn't find any foreign objects or punctures.

Aired the tire back up and then used some soapy water to find where it was leaking, you can see it in the video.



After thinking about it last night the tires definitely over 1k miles, can't find the paper I wrote the start mileage on but near as I can figure around 1.5k most likely. So not much over.

I usually run 32 front and rear on the street but have had them at 40 lately because I have been riding some 2 up.

Think there is just a really thin/small puncture right in the center tread there? Could this be a defect? User error? Asking cause I don't have a fuggin clue lol. Learning as I go and all.

The psi was 20 when it was flat, aired it up to 40 and rode it home. Was still @ 40 when I got to the house and then 30 when I got up this morning.

So 12 hours to drop 10psi.


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I can put an inside patch on it if you want.
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I can put an inside patch on it if you want.
That would be sweet Craig, I can't make it out to your place till Sunday though.

Or anytime next week after work, whatever's convenient for you
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a plug kit will work then patch the inside at a later date
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That would be sweet Craig, I can't make it out to your place till Sunday though.

Or anytime next week after work, whatever's convenient for you
I'll be at Fastline on Sunday but let me know next week.
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a plug kit will work then patch the inside at a later date
This will work although u are essentially going to make that small hole very large by reeming it out. I have a plug in my tire that I put in 2k miles ago. Trackday at COTA and numerous motard rides with no leak or issues.
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This will work although u are essentially going to make that small hole very large by reeming it out. I have a plug in my tire that I put in 2k miles ago. Trackday at COTA and numerous motard rides with no leak or issues.


I plan to take Craig up on the patch job next week and ride it at the track the following weekend.

Going to put some more soapy water on it this evening and then mark the area with a sharpie so I can get a better look without the soap obscuring it.

Take a magnifying glass to it and find out if I can actually see a hole.
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trunx whats the type of plug you posted? ive never seen that it looks really good tho
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trunx whats the type of plug you posted? ive never seen that it looks really good tho
they're usually just called combination patch-plugs or combi-patches, also heard people refer to them as stingers.
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trunx whats the type of plug you posted? ive never seen that it looks really good tho

It's called a patch plug. If you are going to use those you are also going to need acetone, patch compound , and a small wheel grinder if you want to do it properly. I know how to do it but I dont have a small grinder. Coarse sandpaper and some elbow grease might do the trick.
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Slow leak on newish tire. Plug it?
i have had a few of those put in tires and ride a few thousand miles more on the tires. If its a front tire i will replace it.
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Well looks like I've ran into the same situation. Got a slow leak, anybody think they can give me a hand on getting this fixed.
I'm in Baytown but can air it up to get it somewhere . Thanks for any help
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Anybody available today or tomorrow would be great. Willing to provide a 6 pack for your troubles
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