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Screw in brand new tire! To plug or not to plug?

Found a screw in my brand new tire. Has less than 300 miles on it. It was dead center of tire in one of the grooves. I called the local Honda dealer and he suggested a mushroom plug since the tire is so new. Any of you had experience with these plugs? I have always been wary of plugging tires but since my tire is brand new I am tempted to try it. Would you buy a new tire or go with the mushroom plug? Any advice/thoughts are much appreciated!!
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I've plugged literally hundreds of rear tires, mushroom plug is the only legal plug where I live.

Even car shops...I had a car shop try the old school plug on me last year, the kind that goes in from the outside and tried to charge me. I informed them the plug they just installed is illegal and to fix it right. They did.

A mushroom plug goes in from the inside out, meaning the tire must be dismounted, prepped, repaired (with mushroom plug), remounted and them rebalanced.

The nail in yours couldn't be in a better place easy fix...



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you might find this of some intrest.

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/gen...ing-tires.html

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I've plugged literally hundreds of rear tires, mushroom plug is the only legal plug where I live.

Even car shops...I had a car shop try the old school plug on me last year, the kind that goes in from the outside and tried to charge me. I informed them the plug they just installed is illegal and to fix it right. They did.

A mushroom plug goes in from the inside out, meaning the tire must be dismounted, prepped, repaired (with mushroom plug), remounted and them rebalanced.

The nail in yours couldn't be in a better place easy fix...
Thanks Nobody!! I called around and all places said the mushroom plug was the way to go.

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you might find this of some intrest.

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/gen...ing-tires.html
Thanks JonDog! Great link. I am not planning a track day with this tire just street riding. Heading to the shop today to get it done.
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Thanks JonDog! Great link. I am not planning a track day with this tire just street riding. Heading to the shop today to get it done.
Good luck getting a shop to plug a MC tire. Liability reasons. In CA, I couldn't get ANY licensed shop to patch my rear tire...

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I saw that thread...yes I understand the dangers and there are certain punctures I won't touch.

I've spoken to lots of tire reps Dunlop, Michelin, Bridgestone and they all have told me the same thing, a 3 inch wide strip down the centre of the tire can be repaired if the angle is not to steep, anything past replace.

Some folks may not have the money to replace a tire after every puncture so this is a viable option to people on a budget.

I would like to add that I always refused to repair a front.



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Good luck getting a shop to plug a MC tire. Liability reasons. In CA, I couldn't get ANY licensed shop to patch my rear tire...
Really? Up here no problems with liability as the mushroom plug is a the only way to fix a tire by law. Within the discretion of said shop of course...



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If it is in a new tire, I say do it. Happened to my riding buddy 2 years ago. Literally had 10km on new tire and a piece of thick glass in his new 190/55 Dunlop. He was PISSED...
Had a mushroom plug put on for 5 bucks, and never had a problem since.
I have used them too, but if the tire is more then half gone I would buy new IMO.
And I would never repair a front, If it goes well, so do you......

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A mushroom plug goes in from the inside out, meaning the tire must be dismounted, prepped, repaired (with mushroom plug), remounted and them rebalanced.
Are you sure?
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Ok you got me...I haven't been in the industry for just over 10 years, this ^ is new to me.

I still like the old way of doing it because I think for tire repairs to really last it boils down to good prep. But I'd have no problems using that for a road trip as an emergency kit...



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