what kind of tire repair kit to carry?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mooch, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. mooch

    mooch Adventurer

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    I am trying to decide on a repair kit to carry with me on my GS. My worry is that I will be on some dirt road in the middle of the woods and get a flat. I would like to have some type of plug kit to plug it and get home without removing the wheel or tire. there are many kits out there but I thought some advice from experience as to what works and what doesnt would be nice.

    thanks
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  2. frewhl

    frewhl daily rider

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    both of my gs' came with stock plug kits

    but i like the waxy rope ones from the auto parts store
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  3. fortrider

    fortrider Been here awhile

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    We sell and use the Stop and Go. One of the easiest to use and most efficent ways to seal a hole. None better I feel. Get an old tire and just try to use the BMW kit. Then try the Stop an Go. That should convince you before you are on a trail or a dark road at night cursing what BMW calls a tire repair kit. Don't forget some CO2 cartridges or a nice handy pump for reinflating the tire.
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  4. Crush

    Crush Been here awhile

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    Safety Seal.
    Safety Seal.
    Safety Seal.
    Safety Seal.
    Very easy to plug a tire and it WON'T LEAK!
    Try it, you won't be dissapointed!
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  5. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    What he said - stop and go is worth it, nice piece of quip.
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  6. NJ Moto

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  7. raysuf

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    I have the common rope plugs. Unfortunately I had to use one recently on a new tire. :cry
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  8. flars

    flars Been here awhile

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    I carry two - Dyna Plug, which has pretty thin ropes, and has a very small tool for inserting them, and Safety Seal, which has the big ropes, and a big insertion tool :huh . I tried the Safety Seal system on an old tire, and it works really well. The Dyna Plug has gotten good reviews in the past, but since it only comes with 4 plugs, I didn't waste one on testing it...but since it ain't rocket science I feel it would do a good job on a small hole... Now why do I suddenly feel so excited :evil ?
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  9. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    I suggest doing a 'search' as there have been many, many threads on this subject, and with hundreds of opinions given.

    One retailer talks stop-n-go, another rider echos the same.

    Many others have had poor realtime experiences with that same product.

    I carry gooey strings, HD patches for the inside of a tire and an air source.
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  10. Whammo

    Whammo Nature's toothbrush

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    I was 5 for 5 with the Stop and Go. Swore by it and never left without it on a trip. Then I had a very annoying day in Utah where the plug kept snapping off...apparently the hole was too small, even after enlarging the hole. Went thru 4 plugs that day. Finally, with a dead flat at 10:45 on the ET Hwy, I busted out the BMW kit. Since I'd never used it, I had to find the English Drrrections (great trip planning, right?). Guess what...first try, it held all the way to Sacramento where I had the tire changed. I'll probably still carry the S and G along with the stock kit, and have added this to my kit for the next trip.

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    Oh, and dont forget the 12V compressor.

    Josh
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  11. marchyman

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    Don't limit yourself to a single kit. I carry about 2 and a half kits. The BMW kit is OK for very large holes. If the hole isn't large you have to make it large for the BMW plugs to fit. For that reason I also carry one of the progressive suspension kits. The plugs that come with the progressive kit are good for medium size holes. For thin holes the rope plugs are reported to be good.

    On trips I carry an air pump, for around town (when the cases are in the garage) I only carry the CO2 cartridges... about 6 of them. Also, make sure you aways have a fresh, unopened tube of goop. Once a tube has been opened throw it away as it will be hard as a rock the next time you go to use it. I typically ride with 2 tubes. All of this takes up about 1/2 the space in my under tail rack bag for the R12GS.

    Regarding the stop-n-go plugger. I've not used one myself but have had friends who have had to plug the same hole many, many times before they could get to a place to swap tires.

    // marc
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  12. NJ Moto

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  13. NJ_Bob

    NJ_Bob Occasional Adventurer

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    Ditto. I carry both the Stop & Go and the original BMW kit - just in case.

    I have used the Stop & Go several times, and have had no trouble. I suspect that either the plugs are installed improperly or there may be some steel belts involved in the reported failures.

    Practice using it.

    You don't want the first time to be when you are on that dark road at night.

    Just before you are going to replace a tire, drill a hole or drive a nail into it (after relieving the pressure so you don't get hurt) and practice plugging it.
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  14. GSPD750

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    For a quality product I would recommend Rema Tip Top from Germany. Standard issue for BMW bikes. At least they were on my gspd. Not sure what the new bikes get nowadays. Do they even get one?

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  15. usgser

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    FWIW I carry(haven't needed yet...knock on wooden head) the Safety Seal kit and an Airman Sparrow compressor. Both small tidy packages. My reason for this choice was that's what Adventure Workshop sells and uses and I trust Andrew's(the owner) opinion on things like this. AdvWorkshop has a pretty good reputation here on this forum. But plugging a hole in rubber isn't exactly rocket science so I'm sure it's not the "only" good kit out there though.
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  16. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    Our local BMW club had a Tech session on this last month where we tried the Stop-N-Go, stock BMW kit and the rope plugs.
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    The Stop-N-Go worked well, as did the the rope plugs. The stock BMW kit needs to be upgraded, especially the Reamer tool. The reamer BMW provides is doing double duty with the plug tool and you can't get the reamer portion of the tool to penetrate :viking deep enough to be effective. Go to the auto parts store and buy a seperate reaming tool and some rope plugs at a minimum. You may want to add the Stop-N-Go or the SNG Jr. model as well.
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    I also suggest carrying a 12 v. compressor. I've never had much luck with the CO2 carts.
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