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Old 30 Mar 2006
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Tyre plug kits

Can anyone help with feedback on the subject of tyre plugs?Apparently there's glued and non glued available - I'm hoping your experience will ease my passage!
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I've seen others use this, and I've used the Stop n Go Pocket Plugger

http://bestrestproducts.com/celestia.../tireproducts/

- carried it on my 1150GS. Wonderful tire plugger, I can highly recommend it. Inserts a mushroom shaped plug into the tire, which when installed per instructions, seals the inside of the hole without use of glue. Don't know if you have such a thing in your country.

I picked up a drywall screw in a TKC80 in Montana. Plugged the tire with the smallets size mushroom plug in the kit. Next day I was up on Pryor Mtn, in the Pryor Mtn. Wild Horse Range over by the Bighorn Canyon. I lost the plug twice on the really rough 4-wheel jeep track - miles and miles of rocks and rocky ledges - probably the tire flex and distortion helped to dislodge the plug. So I used the biggest plug in the kit along with a bit of vulcanizing fluid, got off that mountain and rode the tire another 4 or 5 thousand miles without a problem - well past its life.

I'd take this tire repair kit anywhere if I had tubeless tires.

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There arte various types of fixing systems

"String" type .. popular with truckies here. And my preference - much easier.

"Rubber bullets" These things resemble rubber bullets ... some people like them. For me too much work to put them in.

"Rubber Bands" Same comments as rubber bullets.

Then there are internal patches - way too much work for a road side fix!
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Glued rubber strips have been recommended to me, and that's what I carry. Does anyone know where I can buy spare rubber strips?

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Thanks for that,esp your experience quastdog.
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Stop and Go is great but do not buy this, throw it in the panniers and plan to use it for the first time when you next get a flat. Next time you get a new tire keep the old one instead of letting the dealer get rid of it for you. Then practice with it. You will find it takes quite a bit of practice to do it well and without cursing every other word. Especially a hard time if you don't notice till an hour later that you've been trying to get the reamer through a steel belt part of the tire. It's a tricky outfit but when mastered works very well. Did it on a tire that had a huge nail the first week I bought the tire and the plug went over 8,000 miles on the back of my Softail. Chris
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I carry the glued rubber strips with an insertion tool, roughing tool, extra strips plus several large cans of Fix-a-Flat with the flexible hose.

With this combination I can get a tubeless tire nail puncture back on the road in under 15 minutes and usually never worry about it again.

Only had 2 punctures in 22,000 miles of South/Central America and this did the trick in each case.

You will need a good knife to cut the rubber strip close to the tire. I´d assume you were carrying one but some nationalities are funny about such things.

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