Options for tire air leak


alh081

New Member
So, i found i have a small leak coming from my rear tire. i pinpointed the tiny hole. But as of now, i see i have 3 options. Plug it, patch it, or replace it.

What is recommended?
Plug it -$8
Patch it -$80
Replace - $ Depending on tire replacement

Keep in mind that my 6r only has 700-800 miles on it so the tire is still pretty new.
 

Roaddawg

New Member
I'd say, if it's a big enough leak that you think it needs to be plugged or patched, then it's time to replace it. You only have two wheels, so don't take that chance...IMO. Plug is meant to give you a one way trip home/repair shop...not as a means to extend tire life. If it's a super tiny, slow leak (maybe like a couple PSI a week), what about trying something like Slime Tire Sealant? I'd give that a try first for a slow leak. The dynamics of motorcycle tires are much different than those on your car or truck.
 
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SpawnXX

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BoneJj

New Member
If it where me, i would patch it, but i have my own tire machine.
But also by a safety stand point it is the safest!
Or if you really are stuck, this is the only plug that i would use, because the head expands in the tire to help seal the hole!
Tubeless Tire Plug Gun Kit - GEMPLER'S
I like the idea of that kit but it also states that it isn't for motorcycles or cars. I would be leery of using that on a bike as those plugs seem short and like the wouldn't penetrate all that well, maybe if they were a good bit longer.
 

Bloke

New Member
Friends have used mushroom plugs in tyres for repairs, the actual co2 inflator that came in the kit was crap but the plug while they say not over 50mph and no longer than 25 miles, well he's done a few thousand on it so far.

If you find someone to repair the tyre all they do is plug it (using the same plugs) as well as patch it internally.

Having seen it in use i'd definitely recommend the plug kit above any slime style tyre sealant, that stuff is crap.

The kit my mates use: [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/STOP-POCKET-TYRE-PLUGGER-KIT/dp/B003VE0ZL6"]STOP 'N GO POCKET TYRE PLUGGER KIT: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike[/ame]
 
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anson650

Member
I have used a straight plug (without the mushroom head) once, it worked well but I would not do it today. I used an internal patch and then ran with a tube, which I don't think you want to do on a 6R. The last two flats, both on rear tires with about 500 miles on each, I bought new tires.
Anson
 

Gixerhp

Member
I like the idea of that kit but it also states that it isn't for motorcycles or cars. I would be leery of using that on a bike as those plugs seem short and like the wouldn't penetrate all that well, maybe if they were a good bit longer.
They work great, i was not aware that they said that. But i assure the plugs are long enough!
 

Brock Kickass

New Member
Take it from a professional. Don't plug a tire for long-term use. In my shop, we do not ever plug tires. It's a roadside solution to get to a shop. I know $100 or more is a lot of money, and something to think about, but your safety is worth it. A flat on a bike is a completely different problem than a flat on a car.
 


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