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What emergency tire plug kit do you all carry on the truck

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kotah, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. Feb 18, 2017 at 10:59 AM
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    Kotah

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    Today i thought i would put together a few tools to put behind the seat in case of emergencies while out on the road since alot of my driving is in some remote mountain areas where you dont have cell phone coverage and at night. I put together socket and wrench sets and assorted screwdriver and adjustable wrenches, then i thought i need an air compressor and tire plug kit in case of a flat then i could fix it pretty quick insteads of having to change the tire out especally if its real cold out and on a remote road, just wandering what you guys have throwed together.
     
  2. Feb 18, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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    Mush Mouse

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    ramonortiz55

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    Napa has a nice kit.
     
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    I paid up for the ARB kit. Really high quality. Nice hard case. Have used it with great success.
     
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    I keep this one in the backseat storage bin, just in case. Very nice kit. And thank the Lord above, I have not had a flat tire, ever since getting my license! Lol I been a loyal repeat customer of BF Goodrich tires. But I would rather just use the spare tire, and this kit would be an absolute last resort I suppose.
     
  6. Feb 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM
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    sjwhitaker

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    Amazon has one made by Boulder that looks really nice. It has everything you would ever need and looks like the tools are built to last. It's as much or more than the ARB kit but it has alot more stuff in it. I like that it has all the stuff needed to repair valve stems and that the plug tools are solid metal.
     
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  7. Feb 18, 2017 at 1:51 PM
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    I bought mine on ebay make sure you get a good one because it can be hard getting the tool into the tire.
     
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    I've used a bunch of them. Some nicer, some cheaper,..they all seem to work about the same. The one thing to have though is the glue. The glueless kits are a bitch to get in, especially in load range E tires. I actually carry an air drill now for hole reaming, so I can get the plugs into my tires easier.
     
  11. Feb 18, 2017 at 4:42 PM
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    Cheap Walmart tire plug kit with extra pliers and needle nose pliers to pull nails or whatever out of your tire.
     
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    The best kit I have ever used was Blackjack KT-335 tire repair kit. Expensive but the tools are very heavy duty. You could find it on Amazon.
     
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    I only consider a plug repair to be a temporary fix. Because of that I only carry the cheap kits with plugs & reamer and keep them in a ziplock under the rear seat along with a compressor. I also make sure that the spare has good pressure and save a lot of grief by the use of a valve extender so that I don't have to drop the spare to check pressure.
    "Permanent" repairs can only really be done from the inside of the tire using a patch. This requires that the tire gets demounted. Yes, I know that it is possible to have a plug last a long time, but I always take plugged tires to the shop to have the patch put in.

    Here in New England there is much sharp shale & granite which can puncture tires when you are running on dirt roads. Sometimes they produce large jagged holes which can't be plugged, but may be repairable with a patch.
     
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    Some folks prefer the mushroom plugs but the strip style seem to be more common and popular. For the strip style, whatever kit you go with the T handles are far easier to use, especially as you go up in tire load range. The shield to limit pushing the plug in too far is nice as well but not necessary if you’re careful. If your kit doesn’t include it, add a couple of extra valve stems, some valve stem cores (usually sold in packs), and a valve stem tool. A stem puller makes faster work of installing the stems without the risk of buggering them up and they’re less than $10. Be sure to periodically check your kit as the lube/glue and strips get old eventually.

    I keep some old school rubber patches in my bag as well, smaller ones for fixing bicycle tires but the larger sizes can be used in an emergency to repair a sidewall tear enough to possibly get you out of the woods. It should go without saying that this is for emergencies only and I’ve only watched it being done as part of an off-road skills workshop in Malaysia. You must know how to break a bead and reseat it. Stitch the tear up with wire, cover the inside with the patch, put in enough air to get rolling and go slow and careful. It is not for fast or technical driving and certainly not where a failure could put others at risk- it’s basically for getting out of the jungle.

     
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    Not to hijack your thread, but, I carry a "large" (24oz) can of Fix-a-flat. Along with an air compressor, it will generally, temporarily repair most punctures that can be plugged. Having said that, my off road adventures generally avoid terrain that might slash or gash my rubber.
     
  19. Feb 19, 2017 at 5:17 PM
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    Kotah

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    I found a air compressor at lowes made by kobalt, it runs off 12 volts or 120 volts at 1.5 amps, it is digital and you can preset the air pressure and it will shut off at the designated pressure,the power cords are contained within the unit when not in use. It has a built in compartment with the attatchments for airing up inflatables pretty cool little rig.
     
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    Tire places absolutely hate that stuff. ;)
     

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