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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2001, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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here is a trick of mine that i thought someone could use when plugging a tire. i have probably inserted 50+ plugs this way and have not had one leak, ever. we have Osage Orange and Locust trees in the yard, lots of thorns in the jeep, mower, trailers, ATV, etc. tires. here we go: find the hole to plug and make sure it is pluggable. drill the hole out with a 1/4" drill bit. put alot of force on the drill and spin the bit slowly. just enough to get through the tire with the bit spinning. insert the plug in the plug insertion tool. heat it up until it appears gooey and barely burns on its own with a propane (or other) torch. now, insert the plug into the tire. let cool before trimming the plug flush with the tread and inflating. i started doing this after putting a couple plugs in with the supplied rubber cement. they both leaked and came back out. i have not had any fail doing it this way. hope this helps someone out! matt

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Re: tire pluggin\', how to:

good tip!!! I have heard of guys doing that when they ran out of cement.

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I have used the hot-melt method useing the rubber tarp straps for emergency off-road repairs, It worked.
Plugs are ok for small repairs on street tires, but don't use them for big cuts. We were flat towing the jeep thru KY and ran the LF jeep tire over a bottle bottom, a kid at a gas station "fixed" it while we ate. When we got up to about 70mph the plugs blew out, and the whole rig, suburban and jeep started spinning down the expressway pivoting on that 38 groundhog. The jeep hit a conc. pier and flipped, and thats all that stopped us...Another lesson learned the hard way.

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Re: tire pluggin\', how to:

Plugs are illegal in Maine. You can't get an inspection with them in the tire. Just gotta love that MA influence, sheer stupidity.

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I have used plugs with good results but they are a poor repair compared to a patch on the inside. Gas stations like them because there fast. I worked a shop that specalized in tires and we refused to use them. to many unhappy customers.

Good feild repair thou.

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Re: tire pluggin\', how to:

at the shop i work at we ALWAYS plug the hole using the cement method and then apply a patch to the inside of the tire. They DONT leak!

1/4 an inch is a BIG HOLE IN A RADIAL TIRE. At 1/4' its normally a judgement call on wether or not the tire is strong enough to be driven at 70+mph. With a plug and a patch there is no fear that the tire will leak. The problem comes in the STEEL BELTS. If they are torn too much or if ANY water gets in the hole you have a serious safety issue. Of course this only applies if you are driving on the road. On the trail who cares??

If using the heat method rember to drill the smallest hole possible.

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