Distance with a plug?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Canadane, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Canadane

    Canadane Adventurer

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    I am sorry to start a tire related thread but it is not about which tire is best.
    On a ride yesterday I picked up a nail in my rear Tourance. Normally if it had been 65% used I would just get a new one but as it was, this is almost new with no more than 1000 kilometres on it and with the prices here in Canada it seems like such a waste.
    I put a plug in it and it has held just fine, even rising in pressure from 38 lbs to 39 as it warmed up on the way home.
    What is the farthest members have run a rear tire with a plug in it?
    Canadane
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  2. dan-c

    dan-c Undescended Testicle

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    Bald :deal
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  3. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    Until there is no more tread left, or the tire is detroyed in some other way.

    It is not as if you are doing track days with the plugged tire. I have done more than 10,000 miles with a plugged rear. No issues.

    YMMV


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  4. 4wheeldog

    4wheeldog Long timer

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    From somewhere in NJ on the turnpike, down to NC, back up to NJ and back across the country to CA. Big ass hole, too. Sticky string plugs. Held just fine. YMMV.
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  5. BMWRich

    BMWRich Sout'side Scooter Jock

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    11,000 miles on the front tire of my K1100LT back in 1999. Even took 'er up to 130mph and "No problems"...and never lost any air either.
    More recently summer of 2009, I repaired a rear tire,went from Chicago to Nova Scotia "Cabot Trail" n back plus about another 3000 miles before I changed to a new tire.
    All depends on "How you repair it" and what type of "repair" you use.
    Good Luck!
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  6. fire carl

    fire carl Been here awhile

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    if you have a tire changer i would take the tire off and go to a tire store and buy several plug/patch patches, they are a regular patch that has a plug molded to the center of the patch with a thick wire coming from the plug, you scuff the inside tire for the patch and ream the hole for the plug and pull the wire through the hole till the patch is seated then cut the rubber plug off flush with the tire, very few tire manufacturers recomend patching and the ones that do usually state to only use this type of plug.
    2 years ago i flatted with a wire staple on a 500 mile old tourance and used this type of patch and had no further problems.
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  7. M38A1

    M38A1 Type-A Introvert

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    Picked up a nail in my rear Tourance with 4,876 miles on it. Rode it another 15,493 miles at which time it was totally shot and ready for replacement.

    Plug it - Ride it.

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  8. hojo in sc

    hojo in sc Been here awhile

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  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Same here.

    Depends on the hole, and the plug, but properly done it can last the life of the tire.

    Jim :brow
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  10. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    How in the world do you guys get this kind of mileage out of a tire? If I rode that far on a tourance I would be well in to the rim.
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  11. blown7.3lps

    blown7.3lps Brian

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    found this in my tire this morning,
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    i just bout this kit a few weeks ago. has anyone had any good luck with this tire plug?

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  12. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    I've had good luck with this kit but I know others have had problems.

    Mike
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  13. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Plug it ride it.

    I was told this by an over the road trucker who helped me once.

    In my experience 10,000 miles with a plug is all you can do (then the tire was bald).
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  14. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    BMW dealer recommended that I add Ride On to the tires when I last put new tires on my R1200GS. I did.

    Anyone have experience with this product? Dealer says he uses it on all cop bikes he services.

    www.ride-on.com/
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  15. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Hermeticist

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    A few years ago I rode from Asheville, NC to West Bend, WI for the BMW Rally, up though the UP and MN to Canada, around the Great Lakes, back into VT and back to Asheville, on a Tourance that had an "umbrella" plug in it. No problems!!! :clap
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  16. RogerJ

    RogerJ Waypoint Wanderer

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    Blown......I have used that quick plug with the mushroom shaped foam style plugs you show in your picture. One problem is with what looks like a staple in the tire is that one plug will not be enough to seal. Further if you use two plugs one in each of the staple holes then the heads of two plugs will bump into each other and not sit flat and seal inside the tire casing. Also, with steel belted radials like Metzler it is iffy whether the wire mesh will cut and ruin your plug while underway. If when reaming out with your tool you find that you are hitting the metal wire mesh then there is a fair chance that if you use this style of mushroom plug (rather than BlackJack or similar from the inside) that the sharp metal will cut the stem of the plug leaving the mushroom head with nothing to hold it to keep the air in. You know where that leads. Don't ask me how I know. YRMV. :wink:
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  17. blown7.3lps

    blown7.3lps Brian

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    im pretty positive its not a staple, so single hole to deal with. but i guess ill find out when i pull it out. i have tire tools to pull the tire off pretty easily, will prob do that if the plug method does not work well.

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  18. BriKielyGSman

    BriKielyGSman BigBadBri

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    The times I have tried them, I wouldnt trust a plug for more than a few days of riding. The three different kinds I have tried (BMW kit, Mushroom type kit - Wal-mart kit) have all began to leak slowly after a couple of thousand kilometers. Thats two up fully loaded - maybe thats the reason?
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  19. AndyCap

    AndyCap Mineral Oil Anyone?

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    I looks like a flooring nail used for hardwood floors.

    So, what do you gurus see as the best patch kit out there for carrying on the bike?
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  20. Nitzo

    Nitzo Long timer

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    i ride with plugged tires all the time. it seems my bikes are magnets. i use a plug and go and have good results about 80% of the time. for the other 20% i also carry a rope kit.
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