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To Plug or not to Plug

I just went over 3,500 on my back tire and picked up a small brad nail in between the tread (in the grooves) in the middle of the tire. My questions is should I repair this because of it's location in the tire or buy a new one? I know what the manufacture say and also no one will repair it for me either (To many law suites has made everyone shy). In the old days the plug and inner patch was a normal repair. What say you?

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I just went over 3,500 on my back tire and picked up a small brad nail in between the tread (in the grooves) in the middle of the tire. My questions is should I repair this because of it's location in the tire or buy a new one? I know what the manufacture say and also no one will repair it for me either (To many law suites has made everyone shy). In the old days the plug and inner patch was a normal repair. What say you?
I have been patching and plugging tires for 50yrs and I would plug it in a heart beat.
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a plug or patch on a motorcycle tire should be just a temporary fix. there are those that might tell you they put thousands of miles on a bike after a fix, but i wouldn't do it. you only have 2 tires so you have less forgiveness than a car with 4 tires and one of them is patched. if a tire goes bad on a car, you might get stranded on the side of a road. if a tire goes bad on a bike, it could cause an accident and throw you off. i say your health and well-being are worth spending a few dollars on a new tire ASAP.

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Two completely different options!! DYNA118 you ever have one plug or patch bite you in the butt?? I understand what Bevo1981 is saying, but in retro spec I kinda feel since no body will repair my tire because of liability, the tire manufactures and companies that change the tire have it made. I'm being forced to buy a new tire because of a nail hole the size of a brad nail - even if the tire had 10 miles on it!! I'll watch it, but I'll go with the plug.. Just for S & G what would happen if a plug gave way and blew a front tire of a front wheel drive car!! what if, what if, what if..

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Two completely different options!! DYNA118 you ever have one plug or patch bite you in the butt?? I understand what Bevo1981 is saying, but in retro spec I kinda feel since no body will repair my tire because of liability, the tire manufactures and companies that change the tire have it made. I'm being forced to buy a new tire because of a nail hole the size of a brad nail - even if the tire had 10 miles on it!! I'll watch it, but I'll go with the plug.. Just for S & G what would happen if a plug gave way and blew a front tire of a front wheel drive car!! what if, what if, what if..

Thank you for your inputs Bevo1981 & DYNA118
I'am from the old school and was raised by depression generation and that meant you did not run down and buy something new, today it's a throw it away and buy new generation.
I worked at the local gas station when I was in school and we patched hundreds of tires and never had any problems, thats why I would plug my tires and I can not afford new tires if I picked up a nail in a like new tire.
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I've always had success with 'melting' a hole close. I stand next to the tire and raise my pant leg just enough so the heat generated by the sexyness of my legs melts the rubber

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Levi...

You've never experienced a complete front wheel blow-out in a front-wheel-drove vehicle?

Where have you been for the last 30 years?

Anyway, I have. Plenty. And not once have any of those vehicles picked me up and hurled me out of the driver's seat and down the highway or used me as a projectile aimed at some trees.

I bought (and ALWAYS wear one of) two armoured jackets. One for cold weather and a mesh for warm. I'd feel rediculous if I were to wear the safety gear that I paid good money for while riding a patched tire indefinately.

All I can tell you is: they do sell road hazard insurance on motorcycle tires.

The rest is up to you. I'm seriously wishing you the best whatever your decision may be.

I'm from the old school too, but I realize that it cost money to sport these things down the road.

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