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Tire repair kits

Posted By: ks kurmudgeon

Tire repair kits - 11/25/16 11:11 PM

What is everyone using for beside the road tire repairs?
Posted By: Selden

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/25/16 11:50 PM

Generic tire repair "strings" to plug holes, and a Cycle Pump from Aerostich. The Cycle Pump seems absurdly expensive (it was "only" $80 when I bought it), but I have had mine for 10 years, and it still works. I replace the tire repair strings and goo each spring. Everything, including the OEM tools, and a secondary tool pouch, fits under the seat of my 1999 R1100RT.

That said, the two flats I have had in the past 60,000 miles were both unrepairable. The first was a large roofing nail, which required 2 or 3 strings to hold enough air to make it to a dealer 15 miles away, stopping every 5 miles to pump up the tire. The second, on Skyline Drive, in VA, involved hitting a chunk of oak the size of my thumb that penetrated 2 steel belts, leaving a large hole in the tread. After a tow to Harrisonburg, VA, Anton Largiader of Charlottesville graciously fitted a new rear tire on short notice, and I was on my way.
Posted By: AlanS.

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/26/16 02:09 AM

http://www.safetyseal.com/
Posted By: LBump

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/26/16 02:15 AM

I've had good success with Nealey.

Posted By: eddd

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/26/16 10:54 AM

Originally Posted By: LBump
I've had good success with Nealey.





I've tried several and the Nealey is been the best for me along with a Slime pump.
Here is a link to a write up.

I carry the same combination on my ATV and my Mercedes. It got me home after slicing a tire on my quad 30 miles into a 65 mile riding in a very remote part of Utah back country. The slice took 4 ropes but held for the remaining 35 miles back to my truck.
Posted By: Selden

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/26/16 01:08 PM

Two votes for Nealey is good enough for me; adding to my Christmas gift list. Great write up, especially the part about using stomach for leverage. I have more stomach available than I did 50 years ago...
Posted By: ks kurmudgeon

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/26/16 01:33 PM

Thanks everybody. Don't know for sure which way I will go. Like most everything else in life,there is good and bad with both. Thanks again!
Posted By: Tri750

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/26/16 04:01 PM

Like many hints, every situation is different. There is no "best" of anything.

I've used the Stop N Go plug kit for 10 years. The first time was on my F150, using the kit I bought for my RT. It worked amazing and I ordered a new truck tire. Time passed and about 8 months later I get a call from my buddy at the tire shop asking if I still want the tire. What?? I had forgotten about the plug and the tire hadn't lost a bit of air from normal. I have that kit now in both my 4 wheeled vehicles plus a Slime 12v compressor.

I've used the Stop N Go probably 4-5 times collectively mainly on other peoples tires with great success for simple punctures . For a cut, the "rope type" does work better although I was able to stack several of the Stop N Go mushroom type plugs in a cut to get me to a tire shop (same F150)

The real answer is to have a mushroom type kit such as the one mentioned for punctures and a "rope type" for cuts or large punctures. The Nealy kit is one of the few kits that actually use a cotton or "rope" plug, not just rubber worms covered in goo. One could store the Nealy kit inside the Stop N Go zipper bag and have double coverage.
The small Slime compressor has always gotten good ratings in tests as has the Stop N Go in the larger kit, but I prefer the Slime puffer.

Two things about having a good plugging system is 1, practice on an old tire when you get the kit to save time and READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ! I've seen guys frustrated trying to use the kit by guessing and not having the plug properly inserted in the tool prior to using it. (they give you a near lifetime supply of plugs)

2. Having the kit almost promises you'll never need it.
But do stand at the ready if you see a fellow motorcyclist in need. Karma works.


Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/27/16 01:40 AM

Originally Posted By: LBump
I've had good success with Nealey.





Another vote for Nealey! Heck it was on THIS site a few years back that I was turned on to them. Work like a charm!
Posted By: Dave_in_TX

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/27/16 12:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Selden
Two votes for Nealey is good enough for me; adding to my Christmas gift list. Great write up, especially the part about using stomach for leverage. I have more stomach available than I did 50 years ago...


One more vote for the Nealey.
Posted By: Sailorlite

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/27/16 03:57 PM

I've been carrying a Nealey kit for several years, without needing it and without renewing anything in it. Is there some part of it with an "expiration date"?
Posted By: Skywagon

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/27/16 06:07 PM

Add one of these PVC T's to whatever kit you buy...it makes using the tool so much easier to push through the hole.. For $.45 you will be glad you did as shoving that screwdriver handle with string through the hole is harder that you think.

+1 on nealy especially customer service.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DURA-3-4-in-Schedule-40-PVC-Tee-C401-007/100343610
Posted By: Doug_Baliko

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/27/16 07:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Sailorlite
I've been carrying a Nealey kit for several years, without needing it and without renewing anything in it. Is there some part of it with an "expiration date"?


The saturated strings dry out after a while and become much less effective. I change mine out every year or so.

Doug
Posted By: JR356

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/27/16 10:52 PM

Another Nealy vote !

JR356
Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/28/16 03:09 AM

Originally Posted By: Skywagon
Add one of these PVC T's to whatever kit you buy...it makes using the tool so much easier to push through the hole.. For $.45 you will be glad you did as shoving that screwdriver handle with string through the hole is harder that you think.

+1 on nealy especially customer service.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DURA-3-4-in-Schedule-40-PVC-Tee-C401-007/100343610


WOW ... thanks! Good idea! I also carry a small razor knife to cut them and a small file to ream out the puncture if not that big.
Posted By: ks kurmudgeon

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/28/16 12:52 PM

Nealey it is along with a cyclepump air compressor. Thanks everyone!
Posted By: Dave_zoom_zoom

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/28/16 07:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Dave_in_TX
Originally Posted By: Selden
Two votes for Nealey is good enough for me; adding to my Christmas gift list. Great write up, especially the part about using stomach for leverage. I have more stomach available than I did 50 years ago...


One more vote for the Nealey.



I've just placed my order with Matt. He's a real pleasure to deal with and mentioned if there were a group order placed from our organization he would do his best to give us all a discount. grin

He's a very nice man!

Dave


PS His standard price is really good without the discount!

Posted By: Bud

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/28/16 11:24 PM

Originally Posted By: RTinNC
Originally Posted By: LBump
I've had good success with Nealey.





Another vote for Nealey! Heck it was on THIS site a few years back that I was turned on to them. Work like a charm!


+1
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/29/16 01:03 PM

Tire repair kits? I never have tire problems do I? grin

Tire pressure monitors and a good tire kit and small air compressor a must on every bike not trailered to your destination! thumbsup
Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/28/17 08:55 PM

Originally Posted by Skywagon
Add one of these PVC T's to whatever kit you buy...it makes using the tool so much easier to push through the hole.. For $.45 you will be glad you did as shoving that screwdriver handle with string through the hole is harder that you think.

+1 on nealy especially customer service.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DURA-3-4-in-Schedule-40-PVC-Tee-C401-007/100343610


LOL ... I finally got to Home Depot and remembered to pick up one of these for each bike. Dang things are up to $.59 now! HA! Inflation I guess. But a good investment nonetheless.

As always another good tip from this site
Posted By: greiffster

Re: Tire repair kits - 11/28/17 08:58 PM

Originally Posted by Endobobdds
Tire repair kits? I never have tire problems do I? grin


Bob, you should probably carry two kits. smirk
Posted By: Kritou

Re: Tire repair kits - 12/01/17 08:22 AM

Originally Posted by RTinNC
Originally Posted by Skywagon
Add one of these PVC T's to whatever kit you buy...it makes using the tool so much easier to push through the hole.. For $.45 you will be glad you did as shoving that screwdriver handle with string through the hole is harder that you think.

+1 on nealy especially customer service.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DURA-3-4-in-Schedule-40-PVC-Tee-C401-007/100343610


LOL ... I finally got to Home Depot and remembered to pick up one of these for each bike. Dang things are up to $.59 now! HA! Inflation I guess. But a good investment nonetheless.

As always another good tip from this site


I see what you did there ...
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