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Thread: R1200RT - Riding on a Plugged Tyre

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    Thanks for the referral to Nealey. Just ordered their Mini kit. I have also relied on Stop n Go plug kits and they have worked well for me, except for my misfortune a couple of times where "tears" couldn't be fixed with a simple mushroom plug in an emergency. I've removed both bike and auto tires and patched them successfully on the inside for my own comfort rather than relying on plug or rope fixes. My first test of the Nealy will be on my RAV4 spare which has a slow leak from a staple and needs air every 2 weeks or its TPMS goes off.

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    The Nealey kit comes with a screwdriver type handle, I'd recommend a T-Shape handle. A T-Shape handle allows force to be applied easier. I also noticed the kit doesn't include a reamer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strataj View Post
    The Nealey kit comes with a screwdriver type handle, I'd recommend a T-Shape handle. A T-Shape handle allows force to be applied easier. I also noticed the kit doesn't include a reamer?
    A 1" PVC T joint placed over the handle of the reamer or insert tool works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strataj View Post
    The Nealey kit comes with a screwdriver type handle, I'd recommend a T-Shape handle. A T-Shape handle allows force to be applied easier. I also noticed the kit doesn't include a reamer?
    No reamer. Nealy suggests simply inserting the regular tool with no rope on it into the hole and cleaning it with that. I do carry a reamer. I found that the small holes can be so tight it is hard to get the rope in. Reamer fixes that. Never needed the T-handle so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlong View Post
    A 1" PVC T joint placed over the handle of the reamer or insert tool works great.
    +1 on Nealy and the PCV "T" !! I also carry a small round file to enlarge the hole if necessary and one of those snap off razor knives to cut the rope plug off. That all fits neatly into the Nealy tube!
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    Thanks for the comments everyone. I have carefully monitored the tyre pressure for a week or so, and it hasn't altered at all, so at this stage I will continue to ride on the plugged tyre. If it stops holding pressure I'll get a new tyre fitted.

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    Sticky ropes are the best long term repair. The larger diameter brown ones work best. I have never had one fail.

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    I've never had a problem with a plug on a puncture. I saw someone pointed out that he had no success on a cut. Well no fooling.

    I watched a guy at a National Rally, years ago, shove 4 plugs in a cut and he seemed perplexed that it would not hold air.

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    I've never had a problem with a plug on a puncture. I saw someone pointed out that he had no success on a cut. Well no fooling.

    I watched a guy at a National Rally, years ago, shove 4 plugs in a cut and he seemed perplexed that it would not hold air.
    True, but I have seen a long distance rally entrant ride into a checkpoint with 5 plugs in a tire, holding air. Yes - he did replace that tire at the checkpoint before proceeding with the rally.
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    Personally I replace the tire as soon as possible.
    My peace of mind is worth the expense.

    YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob204bc View Post
    I've never had a problem with a plug on a puncture. I saw someone pointed out that he had no success on a cut. Well no fooling.

    I watched a guy at a National Rally, years ago, shove 4 plugs in a cut and he seemed perplexed that it would not hold air.
    If you are stuck with a “cut”, the cut can be drawn together with stitching and then plugged. A Speedy Stitcher works real well for the sew up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    If you are stuck with a “cut”, the cut can be drawn together with stitching and then plugged. A Speedy Stitcher works real well for the sew up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob204bc View Post
    I’ve never heard of that!



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    Years ago you could "boot" a tire that had a cut or puncture too large to patch. It was similar to a patch, but much larger and reinforced with fiber.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Realshelby View Post
    I quit using the mushroom style plugs many years ago. Yes, they can work ok. But they leaked for me on a couple occasions. Rope style are more permanent in my opinion. The problem with those is most need the cement to install them properly. Which is always dried up when you go to use it.

    Solve that with the Nealy brand rope repair kits. Have to be ordered online. No cement needed. I have used those many times. Only one time did they not work. On a GS that had a slit about an inch wide. We couldn't get enough of them in there to fix that. But in the case of a typical puncture, more round than a slice, they are a permanent repair.

    There will be those here that say a plugged tire is only safe to get you to a dealer to replace the tire. I have no problem with that.
    But I don't throw those tires away. I trust the "plugged" tire and continue to run them. I think if the puncture is in the main tread area, there is no compelling reason they cannot be plugged and run the rest of their life. I have probably done that 5 or 6 times now on motorcycle tires. Lost count of car tires.....
    Thanks for the tip...order placed.
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