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Old 02-28-2006, 12:58 AM   #1
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should i plug my tire?

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or should i get new rear. opinions might be 50/50 but i really want to plug this, is it safe?

if not i will get the pilot powers, but i have z6 fronts. is this to sticky on the back? or maybe just another z6.

any deals patrick? i know the power is $99.99 at cycle gear. if i bring the bike by most likely i need a carb sync/needle shim and suspension setup for my penske. pm a quote if u happen to read this.

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The Michelin rear will not be compatible with the Z6 rear.
I'm not sure what our 160 Z6 goes for but give me a shout later today and I'll find out for you, I'll be having a sale on Metzlers starting tomorrow but I don't know pricing yet.



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yup it's a 50/50 thing, but if your gonna run a sport tire and sport-touring tire, the more sticky tire should be in the ft.

and i recommend running the same brand tires
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Patch? a definite MAYBE. Plug? not only no but NO! That's my 2¢
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If you are commuting and taking it easy a patch would probably get you by until you get a new tire. Although, I would not trust it for long. Finding out you have a flat while cruizing on the freeway sucks.
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I have taken my tire off and had discount tires put in a plug patch many times and never had a problem. I still rode the tires hard. I didn't give it a second thought. But then there are these people that freak out about a hole. The choice is ultimatly yours. I have seen plugs pull out. I have had to replug a tire 3 times for a friend just to get him home. I have never seen a tire malfunction like a blowout on a car. It usually just looses air and you can feel the bike getting squishy.
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thanks for the replies, i might do the plug thing since patching requires taking off the tire and remounting right? or maybe i will just plug it so i can ride it to get a new tire. anyways i will check walmart later tonite to see what kits they sale. i mostly commute right now anyways, so i think it should be good.

trackday in summer, but thats still a good 2-3 months away, i think it leaves me enough time to finish this tire.
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last time i plugged my tire, it popped out on the freeway. I would go with the patch plug.
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I have taken my tire off and had discount tires put in a plug patch many times and never had a problem. I still rode the tires hard. I didn't give it a second thought. But then there are these people that freak out about a hole. The choice is ultimatly yours. I have seen plugs pull out. I have had to replug a tire 3 times for a friend just to get him home. I have never seen a tire malfunction like a blowout on a car. It usually just looses air and you can feel the bike getting squishy.
should i plug my tire?
I want to get some like Brian posted, That is what was put in my new busa rear tire. that thing is not coming out.
I carry a tire plugger and compressor in the busa hump that will get me home but the ones above is what i need to get ahold of. any place around here selling them?
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ok where can i get a patch plug, i'm planning to look for what brian posted also. and does this require me to unmount my tires and remount? cause i would have to factor in the cost of doing all that.

or can the tire be on the bike and i just apply the patch via instructions given?
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A proper (read: effective and lasting) plug installation on a failed tire involves taking the tire off the rim. I always use plugs on tires and have never had a problem...of course this is anecdotal and not really an endorsement of plugs over patches. The shop I take it to always does a good job.

Plugged tires on a car are perfectly fine...but plug/patch on a sportbike? Where you only have two wheels? I'm thinking that's false economy. Just get a new tire.
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i aint scared...lol. well from what i read from many inputs, the tire doesnt blow up. just deflates slowly if the plug/patch fails.

plus i think back then alex was doing 140+mph on a patched rear tire that the previous owner did which he didnt know about. held up fine for him.

anyways im still up in the air on a new tire. have to wait till tomorrow for patrick to quote me a price.
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ok where can i get a patch plug, i'm planning to look for what brian posted also. and does this require me to unmount my tires and remount? cause i would have to factor in the cost of doing all that.

or can the tire be on the bike and i just apply the patch via instructions given?
I would think your local hi-lo, autozone would carry patch plugs, and yes you have to take your tire off, and it's nice to have an air tool to "rough up" the hole area.
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I have never seen a tire malfunction like a blowout on a car. It usually just looses air and you can feel the bike getting squishy.
I've ridden on plugged tires, however after having one friend go down and seeing another tire fail because of the plug I won't do it again.

I haven't seen a whole bunch fail, but a few of the ones that I saw fail were pretty hairy.
The worst I saw was when Matt of the Hooligans had a rear come apart at speed, it totally destroyed his tailsection / taillight and he almost lost it.

There's a reason the tire mfrs don't recommend repairing motorcycle tires.

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buy a new tire. just not worth the risk IMO. On a car I would say what the heck, but a bike is a totally different story. As a tire warms up it tends to "grow". I personally wouldn't trust a plug.
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this is what i carry on the busa
http://www.cabelas.com/information/A...rePlugger.html

not a perminent solution but good if needed. I picked up a nail outside of leakey in the hill country on my fz1, Out of about 30 bikes i was the only one carrying a plug kit and compressor and I was the one getting the nail.
I was 2 up with the wife, sunday etc. It got us all the way back to houston with no problems.
I put one in my busa rear shortly after i got the tire and about 4 or five days later it came out with a slow deflation. after thinking about it i remembered that it did not seem that the plug was in as far as other times so i am guessing i did not get it in all the way.
I would have no problems using the tire plugger in an emergency and would have no problems with the plug patch anytime and at any speed.
i am wanting to get me some of those.
twas me, if the tire was still good i would plug/patch the thing
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