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Old 03-26-2013, 07:07 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by farmerstu View Post
btw the o.p. asked "experts weigh in" I have extensive training in the tire biz.
do you?
And those that don't make the cut for the tyre business get recruited by NASA?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:35 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by Rucksta View Post
And those that don't make the cut for the tyre business get recruited by NASA?
More like the and/or dogpile!

Seriously, my father owned service stations for 40 years. I worked with him for almost 10 as a kid. Plugs were the preferred fix for most issues.

These days I trust the tire "experts" at the local tire stores about as much as I trust Jiffy Lube!

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #48
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In the tire business since 1977. Shop owner since 1981.

Have witnessed thousands of plugs. I have not seen any catastrophic tire blow outs attributed to using tire plugs. In fact, if the plug is a good fit and seals initially, they are trouble free for the life of the tire. The only time there may be an issue is if the puncture is too large. At that point IMO, no repair is reliable.

Just my 36 years of experience. YMMV.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:15 PM   #49
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I put 14,000 miles on a rear motorcycle tire plugged with a rope type plug. I have put many rope type plugs into car and truck tires and never had one fail or leak.

Yes, there is a small possibility that the plug will fail and I'd probably replace a front tire as soon as practical. Rear tire? I'd just ride it unless it had a really big hole or gash or if was planning on very high speed riding. Even if you replace the tire with a new one, there is always the possibility it will blow out and result in a crash. If you want to be perfectly safe, quit riding.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:09 AM   #50
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Originally Posted by some call me...tim View Post
I say just use one of the worm plugs and ride on. My buddy got a puncture like that in his tire and has put ~10k on since then on his gummy plug, no issues.

Yup. I rode 2000 miles on a gummy string plug once...the tire never even lost air.

If it makes you feel better, have a patch plug installed on the inside will will easily last the life of the tire. The hole is in a fine place for any kind of repair.

$320 to mount a tire?! Good god man! Even including the cost of the tire, that's nuts! Why no choice?
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