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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-26-2018, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Friday evening, I was pulling out of the American Legion I heard a tick, tick, tick, like a rock was stuck in the tread of the front tire. Got a few miles down the road and the noise hadn’t gone away so I stopped to check the tire. Right in the center of the tread was an American flag lapel pin with the “pin” part stuck in the tire. Pulled it out and put some spit on it… several times. Took about 10 seconds for a small bubble to appear and pop. Damn. Took the bike home and parked it.

Sunday afternoon (36 hrs?) I checked the tire. 2lbs low, but it has been a couple of weeks since I added air. So, I would expect it to be a pound or two down. Put soapy water on the tire and for the life of me I could not find the leak.

So, here is my question. What would you do to repair this?

I know a patch from the inside is the best repair for a nail or similar hole. But it seems like way overkill for such a small leak. Plus the cost to have one put in a tire that’s already half worn makes it not economically feasible as the labor is about the cost of a new tire. I’d just buy a new a new tire before I paid for the patch install. Seems like a waste of $$$.

A plug seems like over kill for such a small hole, which cause more damage to the tire just to get the plug in. And then the hole would deserve a patch.

Slime…. Seems like the perfect solution here. Cheap, easy, and I would think it would seal this kind of puncture easily. But as I understand this makes a huge mess on the inside of the rim, and can cause strange wear on the tire due to balancing problems.

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That's tough.

The motorcycle shops I've asked all refuse to patch a motorcycle tire. That is best but you may run into the same issue.

Slime would be a good insurance I would think. As the tire wears more the more air could escape. The Slime should stop it. From what I've read the cleanup isn't bad but I don't know personally. I have Slime on both bikes but have never used it.

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Most of the plugs are intended for temporary use, however I have had one hold in there for a while, it was dead center in the tire. The plugs installed from inside are much better and I ran a tire to the end of its life with an interior plug and no issues. The challenge of course is that you only have two tires and any hole includes the possibility of rapid depressure at the wrong time. Since your tire is half way done I would opt for a new set. Are they also the original tires?

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Not original, 3rd or 4th set... can't remember.

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Ride-on might be a better alternative to Slime as its a balancer too. But tire guys hate it cuz it gets all over the insides of the rim and has to be cleaned off. Same with Slime.
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Hardly seems worth fixing.
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Ride-on is the way to go forsure. It seals the tire and when you dismount it the ride on is stuck to the center of the tire. Most bike shops will charge extra if you have slim.
If it were me I would put on a new tire. There is nothing worse then having a front tire blow out on you. Its the quickest way to crash.
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We wont plug or patch.

Tires with slime or any of that stuff in them sucks, especially if the owner does not tell us and the tech pulls the valve stem out before they break the bead and that stuff comes shooting out.

ATV tires seem to be the biggest issue, soon as that bead breaks..its covers the tech, the tire machine and about five feet in two directions....

I say don't use slime or any of that junk.


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If it's that small, go to a bicycle shop & get their tubeless tire schtuff (like Stan's brand). It isn't all lumpy like slime. Consistency is more like a powder in a liquid. Cleans up easily.

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Any feedback on mushroom plugs? They look be more secure than the regular string plugs.

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