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Tire plug kits, Which ones? Have you used one before?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Crom, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    Crom

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    :help:

    I am considering adding a plug kit to my toolkit as extra insurance.

    I am wondering if anyone can share their experience with a tire plug kit.

    Which ones are good? Are they all the same? Do they really work?

    Has ever had to plug the OEM B.F. Goodrich All Terrain T/As?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:06 PM
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    I used one on my 4runner and it held for a long time. Then I got a third nail in my tire and its not safe to plug a tire more than twice, so i had to replace it..
    For now Im just sporting the nail in my tire!

    I used the Slime / Deluxe reamer plugger kit from autozone
     
  3. Nov 18, 2009 at 5:20 PM
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    I've used the safety seal brand plug kit. Hands down the best plugging kit i've used but a lil pricey. The kit will run up to $60. Its heavy duty enough to plug a tractor trailer tire!
     
  4. Nov 18, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    BRP27

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    The tire shop I use says the right way to fix a puncture is to take the tire off and patch it from the inside, and I believe them. Plugs stretch the existing hole and the plug can work out and then you have another flat.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2009 at 8:01 PM
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    I used a Slime brand patch kit on both my Michelin LTX M/S and the wifes BFG Long Trails. Both have held fine no issues, no leaks. Cost $16 at Walmart.
     
  6. Nov 18, 2009 at 8:32 PM
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    I use the Slime plug kit from Wal-mart for my quads. Now that I found a nail in my rugged fails, I'm gonna try it on "real" tires.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2009 at 8:37 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard

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    IIRC Slime and products like that damage the TPMS sensors...?
     
  8. Nov 18, 2009 at 8:40 PM
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    general61

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    I have to chime in on this........most of these repair kits are temporary fixes. I am glad to hear that some have worked better than others. The scare factor is that plugs shoved into the tire from the outside can create a couple of issue's. It can allow moisture to get to the steel belts and internals of the tire. Think of it this way....drill a pin hole in your quarter panel of your chosen ride, you drive it around(in all types of weather) thinking all is good. Check your quarter panel a year later, and whole inside of it will be rusted in some fashion, degrading the integrity of the panel and shortening the life of it. Sorry I'm going on a rant, but if you could see some of the junk repairs I've seen during my days in the tire industry, it would scare the hell out you. Here's a link to the Rubber Manufacturers Assoc. about proper repairs..... http://www.rma.org/newsroom/release.cfm?ID=233

    and before i get seriously flamed on........I have used plug kits as well in off road situations, and as soon as I get back to my shop, I repair them with a patch and plug from the inside if they are safely repairable.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2009 at 9:48 PM
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    I have read that plugs are indeed intended to be temporary fixes, and that a patch would be considered permanent tire repair.

    I did some searching and I found this guys site where he illustrates how to use a patch kit.

    For those of you that have used a plug kit, please take a look and see if those instructions are good or not.

    I've never plugged a tire, did a bunch of patches to bicycle tires when I was a kid though. :D

    Thanks to all who responded.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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    YA I have had a plug in mine for about 8 months now from the Toyota dealership. Nail on the rugged trails and thats how they fixed it and so far no problems. Also they said nothing about harming the tire monitoring sensors. So hopefully it dont. I do Keep the Slime plugs and sealer for quick repairs if need be though.
     
  11. Nov 19, 2009 at 3:39 AM
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    It's one of the best things you can have in your tool bag!!!! Go to any department store and buy yourself a kit and extra bands.

    Yes, they really work when they're applied properly. Used them many many times on our vehicles & other vehicles. Paticularly in offroading situations. They work on single holes..... I wouldn't recommend using them on slits or slashes (elongated holes).

    I've had plugs in tires on previous vehicles that have lasted for YEARS & YEARS. Plugs are quick & easy to install. You don't have to remove the tire. I think they're actually better than the patches because you can apply them into the tread and even on the sidewall. Patches can't be applied to the sidewall because of the 'flex'.
     
  12. Nov 19, 2009 at 4:37 AM
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    X2, I never ride without my plug kit, pliers to remove shit, air pump, etc.....I prefer to plug the tire on the vehicle vs. rolling with a spare any day. Faster, less hassle & I'll take a plugged tire over a spare tire anytime. Save the spare for rip or tear or multipuncture events. Never had a plug fail.
     
  13. Nov 19, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    Thank you so much! That is exactly what I was searching for! I wanted something to use in the event of a tire puncture while off-roading and saving myself having to use the spare. The durability of the plugs is also good to know.

    :yay:

    :thumbsup: Awesome! Thank you for your comments.
     
  14. Nov 19, 2009 at 9:41 AM
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    i bought a kit online pretty sure it was a no name brand but looks alot like the arb one with the rope covered in tar crap never used it yet im sure it will be handy some time
     
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    I usually buy my plug kit from walmart. used it a few times and haven't had any problems. just make sure that you rough out the puncture and put copious amounts of rubber cement on the plug before inserting it.
     
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    ^^^^^^^^ Correct......
     
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    forgot to mention. If you see what's causing the puncture pull it out. don't push it into the tire. I'm not sure if it would affect the tire, but I wouldn't chance it.
     
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    Had a flat today. And considering it cost $13.25 to get it plugged, I am definitely investing in a plug kit. The only reason I paid that much is cause Exxon was the only place open and I can't run without a spare. My luck I'd get another flat and have nothing.
     
  19. Jun 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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    Take a drywall screw or a deck screw, cover it in a decent glue, (i like gorilla glue) screw it into the tire. Holds for ever, last time I did that and forgot about it for a year and a half.
     
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