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Tire plugs to cut or not to cut

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by garlicbreath, Jun 4, 2006.

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Tire plugs cut em or eat em

  1. Cut em off, they aren't paying for the ride

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  2. Leave em be, the assfault with have it's way with em

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  3. Park overnight and let the beavers chew on them

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  1. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    Do you cut off your tire plugs or let the road chew em off?
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    I cut the cheap rubber ones, but usualy leave the cloth impregnated one alone.

    No real reason why either
     
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    ssped 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I have allways cut them off. you dont want the ends grabbing the road movin around.
     
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    Too much work for me :D
     
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    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    what are tire plugs?
     
  6. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    Little foam things you put in between the lugs to make them ride quieter.
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    They sell them at auto stores, wally world, etc.

    Fixes holes in tires with a really sticky hard to handle worm you cover in goop then shove in the hole.
     
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    too lazy to cut them, one more tool I'd have to keep in my emergency tire repair kit (somehow I go through a dozen plugs a month, in my onroad ride).
     
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    A tire plug is an impregnated piece of rubber material.. about 1/8 inch in diameter...
    when you have a flat tire..such as a nail puncture.. the hole is roughed up with a special tire awl..like a rasp.. then the tire plug is soaked with a special glue that vulcanizes chemically to rubber (the good glues do.. the cheapies dont)... the plugs are about 4-6 iunches long for truck type tires... they are inserted through a big awl..like a huge sewing needle.. then inserted in the hole... pushed in then slightly pulled back out... cut off the ends.. glue sets.. refill the tire.. off you go.. good trail fix and necessary in your tool box.. I use them primarily on my tractor tires... I would use one for an emergency fix on a road tire but then i would replace the tire or have it patched from the inside


    I cut my ends..
     
  9. Brians89K5

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    Always cut my ends, afraid of the road grabbing them and leaving my plug behind.

    ~Brian
     
  10. goldwing2000

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    Ditto.
     
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    If you used better plugs, you wouldn't worry about them pulling off, but you need to dismount your tire to use the good ones... =(
     
  12. goldwing2000

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    If I'm going as far as pulling the tire off the wheel, then I'm going to patch it, not plug it.
     
  13. WhiteBurb

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    I always cut them just to be safe. I never use the cheap walmart ones for anything but a temp fix. The best ones are made by Safety Seal.
     
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    I had to let the beavers chew on them since there was no nekkid option.

    I've never cut them and I've never had one pull out either.
     
  15. big dan

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    I leave em on. the directions say to cut the ends so you prolly should but Ive plugged many tires without cutting the ends and never had a problem. except for the one that had a 2 in cut in it. I put 15 plugs in and it held air till I got home then over night it all leaked out.
     
  16. garlicbreath

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    Ha, that reminds me of the time I used 20 plugs in the sidewall of my BFG MT to get me off quanella pass. All hail a spare, with air!
     
  17. eclmech

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    I always cut them. Had several pull out at work (I'm a maintenance supervisor for a construction company). Soft ground and rocks with tire spin gets them every time.

    Keith
     
  18. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Or being pulled out!
     
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    I cut them off, I have seen them slowly pull themselves out otherwise.
     

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