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Steve L
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:11 pm    Post subject: Tire repair Reply with quote

I need some advice about tire repair. At the end of last season, I put the bike in to the shop to have a fuel leak fixed, and asked them to look at a slow leak in the rear tire. This set of tires are Michelin and have 568 miles on. He finds a piece of metal debris in the tread and quotes me a set of two new tires. Shocked I told him to air it up and I would come and get it.

The question I have is should I: a) pull the debris, plug the hole and ride away. b) find a tire repair shop to repair the tire with a patch. c) replace that tire. d) replace both tires.

Thanks for the tire wisdom. Steve
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big is the piece of metal? I'd be tempted to have the tire patched from inside. Unless it's an long or big hold a patch is the deal. Not a fan of plugs except for road side repairs.

How old are the tires? Might be why they were quoting two new tires.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why 2 new tires? Worst case just replace the damaged tire Your option "C".

IMHO, I would not want to ride on a tire that was patched.

By the way, where in NH are you?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TWO new tires? I'd never go to that shop again.

I'd ride on an internal patch done by pros if it's not a big gash and was just a slow leak.

I've never had a roadside plug (Safety Seal brand - recommended by Shogs) fail on me.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done internal patches and ridden with no worries.
Like Duck, I'd do a plug to get me home, but not much longer.

I'm thinking like Chuck, what is the date stamping on them.
Anything older than 6 years I would consider replacing.

Are they showing signs of weather checking in the sidewalls?
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Steve L
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tires are virtually new, that's the tough part about having to replace one. Installed end of '17 season.

The debris seems to be a large staple, like roofing maybe?

I think he quoted two tires because the Michelin isn't Bavarian Korrect, and if he put a new tire of a different brand on the back, they ought to match.

John, I'm in Brentwood down south.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The matching tires thing is a myth perpetuated by people who sell tires.

(But of course you shouldn't mix radically different tires like an off road tire with a street tire though.)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying Duck wrote:
The matching tires thing is a myth perpetuated by people who sell tires.

(But of course you shouldn't mix radically different tires like an off road tire with a street tire though.)

Or mix a radial and non-radial.

I've run different brands for years.... For the LT's it's not easy to find radial tires in stock sizes from the same manufacturer or same model line of tires.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's a staple, you have two small holes. Patch it from inside (have it done at a tire shop) and if it holds air for a week you are good to go.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott_Anderson wrote:
Flying Duck wrote:
The matching tires thing is a myth perpetuated by people who sell tires.

(But of course you shouldn't mix radically different tires like an off road tire with a street tire though.)

Or mix a radial and non-radial.

I've run different brands for years.... For the LT's it's not easy to find radial tires in stock sizes from the same manufacturer or same model line of tires.


I certainly wouldn't do it on a K but there's a few bikes that run a radial/bias mix from the factory. F650s did back in the 90s.
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, what I hear you saying is the safest way is to replace the tire. Which is what I did.

Thx!
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