Experts weigh in and/or dog pile....???

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HooliKen, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. farmerstu

    farmerstu Been here awhile

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    find me one tire maker or tire engineer that will approve of a plug. i'll save you the time. there is none.
    nearly all (but not all) tire makers approve of a plug/patch as the only approved repair.
    that is not my opinion, that is fact.
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Why would they? It would cut into their sales, and they are scared of law suits, valid or not. Your arguement holds no water!:deal

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  3. farmerstu

    farmerstu Been here awhile

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    you don't comprehene well do you? most tiremaker approve of a plug/patch for a repair, the tire must be dismounted. how does that cut into sales?
    btw the o.p. asked "experts weigh in" I have extensive training in the tire biz.
    do you?
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    We will have to agree to disagree!:deal

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  5. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    I didn't? I could have sworn I rode on that tire with two plugs. I guess farmerstu knows best.
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  6. Rucksta

    Rucksta SS Blowhard

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    And those that don't make the cut for the tyre business get recruited by NASA?
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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    More like the and/or dogpile!:lol3

    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!:deal

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  8. Dan-M

    Dan-M Long timer

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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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  9. klaviator

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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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  10. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    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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