Any advice on safety of pluged tires

Phil Rose pjrose at
Fri Apr 25 13:15:54 EDT 2003

At 11:25 AM -0400 4/25/03, Joshua C wrote:
>Last night I noticed that one of my AVS db's with about 10k on them was
>getting flat, upon closer inspection I found 2 nails in it.  both are fairly
>small nails and punctured the tread surface (as opposed to sidewall).  I
>have put plugs in a tire before but it was only a short time before I
>replaced due to wear.. Anyone have any advice on longer term plugging?  Is
>it safe, what does it do to the tires rating?
>thanks in advance-Josh

There is plug/patch combination repair that should be done.  Requires
dismounting of tire and places an internal surface patch in addition
to a small pug through the puncture. It is said to maintain the speed
rating of tire--I know there are listers who will disdain such a
thing, nevertheless I had this done 2 yrs ago to a single puncture in
one of my Z-rated Firehawk SZ50 tires. The brand of the patch kit was
"Rema"--probably there are others. Cost me $12.50. No problems. I'm
now ready to retire (heh heh) those tires.


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
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