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Old 08-30-2009
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Just spotted a rusty metal spike in my Mickey Thompson :(

Hey, so as I normally do when I get out of my truck, I grab any large stones or gravel that I spot as I walk away.. and then what do I see between the lugs on my front left MTZ, the head of some large metal screw or spike of some sort... Diameter appears to be probably 1/4", hard to say, don't know what it is exactly...
When i checked psi, the tire was down from 45 psi to 34... then i drove it another.... 15 miles or so, psi didn't seem to change, so if I'm losin air it's a small amount. Regardless, I filled up my compressor and pushed the tire back up close to full psi...
So... Do i not risk it, call up ford first thing and get it in first thing and get it removed and plugged by them, or do I just go to canadian tire and get tire slime, or a plug kit or something and do it myself???
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do you have road hazzard on those tires? if so just take them to where you bought them and they should pull it and patch it for free
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Laaaame i hate spending the money on tires to find a nice nail or screw in em one day but hey sh*t happens. But yeah go with what smakes said and if worst comes to worst id take em to wally world theyll plug it for 20 bucks.
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Go out and get you a nice tire plugging kit. One that uses a gun to put the plug in. You'll need it more than once and you'll be glad you got it.
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yeah, its pretty easy to plug a tire by yourself - as easy as pulling the tire off the rig, deflating a little bit - removing the foreign object, and pushing a patch into the tire.. it takes a bit of oomph to get it in - but itll patch and work a long time
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theres one that comes with a spike and some tar and you remove the tire put the tar on the spike and push and turn the spike through the belts good and deep and then pull out and it plugs really well
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Don't plug it, go somewhere and have them patch it, I wouldn't go to ford tho. And why are you running your tires at 45 psi? Thats too high.
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I'm with Corey... just go have it done... that way you don't end up spending more in the end if the patch doesn't work...
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Find you a cheap place to plug and patch it.

Brother's tire here does it for $3.
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Just a tip when putting a plug in do it at operating psi, much easier and if you add soem spray soap/water it is much easier, I work as a mechanic so I knwo how to plug a tire with ease, It wont affect seal.
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thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I think for tomorrow i'll just take it to a local tire shop and see what they would do with it, make sure it seems good, and get her done.. and then look into buyin a good kit.. I can't risk doin it incorrectly or poorly myself because on tuesday I start 2 months of school for my apprenticeship.
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IMO it's not worth buying the kit... here Les Schwab patches for free... but even if I had to pay I think it'd be better to have professionals take care of it...
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Sounds good, I plug my 4wheeler tires myself but I won't do car tires. (I run my 4wheeler tires at like 4 psi) I'd rather pay $20 or so than screw it up and have a blowout, or screw up a good tire.
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theres no need for a "profesional" to plug your tire. the kits cost like $5 and take about 5 minutes to do and its stupid easy to do, i usually dont even take the tire off the truck. my goodyears seamed to be screw and nail magnets, those tires had probably 4 plugs in them and not one plug ever failed on me. i trust the plugs far more than a patch, ive seen patches come off.
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i plugged my first tire last week and it was way easier then i was expecting
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i plugged my first tire last week and it was way easier then i was expecting
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Give it a good push in, twist, pull out - done! snip whatever extra is sitting there outside the tire, and natural wear and tear will do the rest to hide it!



I've repaired probably hundreds of bicycle tires when I was living out in Idaho - darn burrs pop those things like crazy..!
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IMO everyone should already have a plug kit in their truck...Spend $25 get a good kit with steel tools, vulcanizing plugs and keep it in the truck. To hear some of you guys talk you'd think it was brain surgery.......just pull the spike, ream the hole, insert plug, twist and remove the plug tool. Then snip off the excess and if you don't like running plugs then next time your in for a rotation or balance have them put a patch on it.

I can't say how many times someone I was with has gotten a puncture on trail rides and plug kit saved the day.
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45psi???

holy sweet jesus.

I've had countless nails in my MTZs and only one thats actually made a hole.
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I can't say how many times someone I was with has gotten a puncture on trail rides and plug kit saved the day.
or a few plug kits.. I've seen guys shove 15-20 or more plugs in the sidewall of a tire to get it back to camp after a rock put a huge gash in it.
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Take it to a tire shop and have them do it. It shouldn't be over $15 to do. With luck you can find a place that is only like $10.

The proper way to repair a tire is to drill (ream) out the hole, then pull a plug through. Then cut and grind the inside of the plug down. Then buff and apply vulcanizing cenent. Then apply a patch.

The plug seals the hole and prevents the belts from rusting and being damaged. The patch is what actually seals the hole. A professionally repaired patch will not peal off unless it is patched too close to the sidewall.


NEVER EVER EVER USE FIX-A-FLAT OR OTHER REPAIR IN A CAN PRODUCTS. IT WILL MAKE THE TIRE UNREPAIRABLE! AND IT SUCKS TO HAVE TO WORK WITH TIRES WITH FIX-A-FLAT IN THEM. IF YOU USE IT I WILL TRACK YOU DOWN A SMACK YOU!
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what about slime? lol
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NEVER EVER EVER USE FIX-A-FLAT OR OTHER REPAIR IN A CAN PRODUCTS. IT WILL MAKE THE TIRE UNREPAIRABLE! AND IT SUCKS TO HAVE TO WORK WITH TIRES WITH FIX-A-FLAT IN THEM. IF YOU USE IT I WILL TRACK YOU DOWN A SMACK YOU!
ahahaha you just made my night. A guy I went to high school with worked at discount tire told me the exact same thing a few years back. Almost word for word.
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This is why you buy Goodyear Kevlars


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what about slime? lol
I heard that stuff will eat away rims from the inside
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ahahaha you just made my night. A guy I went to high school with worked at discount tire told me the exact same thing a few years back. Almost word for word.
Once you get it in your mouth you will fully understand.
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This is why you buy Goodyear Kevlars
I've seen more sidewalls of MTRs ripped open than anything else.

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I heard that stuff will eat away rims from the inside
meh. i have my tires balanced with air soft bbs and haven't repainted them since the bottom of the lake sand blasted them. I'm really not too worried about my cheap *** steelies
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