Anybody know if I can seal a nail hole in my back tire with a plug and some sealer. I'm on my second tire and I really can't afford another one.If so, what product would you try? I only have 500 miles on the tire.
A few day after I bought a new tire for my Hayabusa I found a screw in it. Was pretty upset and just plugged it with a kit from Wal-Mart. Lasted me for 1500 miles with NO leakage. Having said that, I think you will find the general concensus is its not a very good idea. I dont think even patching would be recommended.
This is a personal choice issue to plug your tire. Many readers and riders on this board will not recommend plugging /repairing a tire. That said I have personally plugged rear cycle tires and never had a failure ( that could be a case of luck ). If the tire is a radial you can buy repair kits at K-Mart, Wally World, Pep Boys etc. The kits include a course round rasp file, plug insertion tool , several long pre-glued plugs and some even provide rubber cement which I recommend to ease inserting the plug into the hole. Follow all the directions on the kit package and you should have no problems. I got 4K to 5K out of tires I plugged with no problems. Be prepared for a lot of wrath and ire on this issue!
I have 300 miles on a plugged tire. I got a nail at 100 miles and plugged it. The tire hasn't leaked yet. I will ride with the plugged tire until I take it out on a long ride, until then as long as I'm just riding around town the plug will do.
P.S. My 260 Metz just arrived today. $167 from a local dealer. $60 more when I have them install it.
If you're going to plug it, plug it from the inside using a mushroom plug. This is the only way to effectively repair it. With the tyre off you can also check if there is any damage to the internal wall first..If there is get a new tyre.
Well I'm in the same boat as you . (NAIL in Rear Tire) I tried a plug but it still leaks slowly. So I did a search and tire sealants for motorcycles and found a site www.ride-on.com The standard Slime is only rated at 65 mph. And a warning about tire balance!
Ride-On is rated about 150mph and will aid in tire balancing. To each his on when it come to tire safety and checkbook!
The safety thing to is to get a new tire. But I just plugged mine rear tire right in the middle, with a kit from a autopart a week ago. I took out the nail plugged and burned out the tire a good to go. Also I had a 1500 Mean Streak that I plugged the rear tier and i put approx. 300 mile. But again this is a personal choice like ware helment or not, or go over 100 mph. But You have to do it your self any tire repair shop would not do it. If you going to do it be aweare that you have a plugged tire
an check the air prest. every time you goin to ride.
im noticing a trend on these tires... 580 miles i recieved a gift in my back tire also.. right in the middle.. i havnt had a nail in a tire in 20 years.. i just went ahead and put the 250 dunnie on and called it a day...
PS Texas and New Mexico will not patch a MC tire, against the law.. couldnt find one place to do it...