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Old 06-27-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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WHY IS IT BAD TO PLUG YOUR TIRES?

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very high speeds, plug gets thrown from tire....you're travelling amount of speed on 2 wheels. Worth the risk to have a potential flat/blowout at those speeds? I've ridden on plugs/patches, but most aren't comfortable enough to do so....It's hard to find a shop willing to patch/plug a tire as well b/c of the risk associated.
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i've done it for years...plug them, then cut it short and do a mild burnout on it...they say they sling out..but i've never had one sling out on me and i've used at least 20 plugs in my REAR tires
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because in the RARE instance you tire suffers total destruction it will leave you in a very dangerous position. . .

however, i bet there is not a single person on this forum that has ever had a tire totally self destruct(disentigrate) while they were riding on the street, or very few people on here who have ever even seen a tire other than theirs totally self destruct on the street. It's that very small statistical number that prevents the rest of us from plugging our tires. . . when the hits the fan on a motorcycle, you don't want to be involved!!!!
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very high speeds, plug gets thrown from tire....you're travelling amount of speed on 2 wheels. Worth the risk to have a potential flat/blowout at those speeds? I've ridden on plugs/patches, but most aren't comfortable enough to do so....It's hard to find a shop willing to patch/plug a tire as well b/c of the risk associated.
the word isn't risk, it's liability!!!!! lawsuit happy cheap bastards keep shops from plugging tires

and i would be willing to bet AT LEAST 1/2 of the people on this site haven't checked their tire pressures this month(it's almost over btw) and 1/2 of those (25%) are riding on underinflated(read: almost flat) tires without even knowing it
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because in the RARE instance you tire suffers total destruction it will leave you in a very dangerous position. . .

however, i bet there is not a single person on this forum that has ever had a tire totally self destruct(disentigrate) while they were riding on the street, or very few people on here who have ever even seen a tire other than theirs totally self destruct on the street. It's that very small statistical number that prevents the rest of us from plugging our tires. . . when the hits the fan on a motorcycle, you don't want to be involved!!!!
TRUE TRUE...... BUT ITS STILL KINDA SCARY THINGING BOUT IT
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TRUE TRUE...... BUT ITS STILL KINDA SCARY THINGING BOUT IT
and that's why people buy new tires. . . not because they have to but because they are afraid of the consequences.

F4Iguy knows about plugged tires, and has probably ridden on plugged tires harder than you have ever ridden on ANY tire and has never had a problem, and that actually says a lot about plugged tires. gear up and the rest!!!!!
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i got my tire plugged and rode it for a couple of days then got a patch put on =)
mushroom patch FTMFW!!!!!
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Because in very rare instances during the plugging process you can dmamge the cord and at speed it can come apart.

I've never had one personally come apart, and have only first hand seen 4come apart in over 30 years of riding.

BUT, my Garage Liability Insurance SPECIFICALLY FORBIDS us from repairing or even mounting a repaired motorcycle tire.
I would imagine most of the other places in town have a similar clause in their insurance as we..
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if your tire disenagrates its the integrety if the whole tire not the plug. andy and metric did a mushroom patch (plug/patch combo) on a few tires and i didnt have a problem on country roads and high speeds.
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For sure get a patch instead of a plug. The radius/area that the patch covers is a whole lot better than a plug
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Discount Motorcycle Tire just put one in for a friend. They only put in plug patches. Didn't have a problem with it, but she got another nail in a different spot a week later.

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I have a plug in the front of my 1000RR and a plug in the rear of my F4i. No problems at all on either.
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Mushroom plugs are defintely better than the string things.
I have personally plugged numerous tires and have never seen a failure. I believe it is the tire mfrs that started the idea of it being unsafe for 2 reasons.
The liability, if they said it was OK to plug a tire and then something did go wrong, would be enormous.
And, obviously they would rather sell you a new tire.


I have another question.

If the tire mfrs are really so concerned with our safety in this regard, why don't they put a soft self-sealing inner layer in the tire?
There are car tires that have this and you can put all the nail holes you want in them and they won't go flat. Why not bike tires?
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Mushroom plugs are defintely better than the string things.

have to disagree on that.

Over on www.fjrforum.com, where a good number of members there have ridden more miles on their one FJR than most here will ride in their lifetime, there has been WAY more discussion about problems with mushroom plugs than the sticky string type.

Matter of fact, never heard any of them talk about a problem with sticky string plugs.

Never, ever had a problem with sticky string plugs and I have been using them in cars, trucks and motorcycles for more than 30 years.
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thats not true as i used to work for a tire company and seen plenty of the "self sealing tires" leak fron a small nail.... and it makes the tires very heavy compared to normal ones, and reason y a plug or patch is bad because when u get a penetration in a tire it makes a weak spot, when a tire heats up it expands, and that weak spot can cause a blow out. hope that helps




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Mushroom plugs are defintely better than the string things.

I have personally plugged numerous tires and have never seen a failure. I believe it is the tire mfrs that started the idea of it being unsafe for 2 reasons.
The liability, if they said it was OK to plug a tire and then something did go wrong, would be enormous.
And, obviously they would rather sell you a new tire.


I have another question.

If the tire mfrs are really so concerned with our safety in this regard, why don't they put a soft self-sealing inner layer in the tire?
There are car tires that have this and you can put all the nail holes you want in them and they won't go flat. Why not bike tires?
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yea i wouldnt plug a front tire ever because i would be afraid of breaking some of the cords possibly and then the tire heats up expands while spinning and boom its gone and ur left trying to ride rim. now on a back tire u might ride it out but not a front.

and i have had a back tire come apart on me and i will never buy a dunlop again.
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