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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Well crap ...

Finally found out where the slow leak on my rear tire was coming from.

Everyone seems to recommend replacing rather than patching mc tires but its such a small object (looks like a staple or similar), I'm wondering if a patch would ok in this case. Haven't pulled it out yet but It's only dropping about 10lbs in a weeks time. Only about 5000 miles on the tire (although its got a nice center flat spot already worn it already). So what's the consensus ... replace or repair?


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:08 PM
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I don't normally make this suggestion, but for your particular case I would just put a can of Ride On in there for the rest of that tire's life.

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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:35 PM
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Replace it! You're life is worth way more then a couple hundred bucks. Just my 2 cents
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:37 PM
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Agree with Bridgeport. Your life is worth more than saving a couple hundred. Especially with a flat spot as well.

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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:49 PM
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With 5k miles on it I would replace it. Any excuse to get rid of the dunlops works for me!

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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 03:51 PM
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The other option is to hot patch it and I would install a tube for the rest of the tire life had the same kind of leak on a rk custom dealer said new tire I said bulshi- put on a new tube it was on the rear rode it 10000 more miles tube will give you peace of mind and a little more protection till you get some miles on the tire
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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 04:00 PM
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Patch it (professionally) and ride on. It's not like the tire is damaged, it's a pin-hole...

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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 04:10 PM
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I'd pull the pin and put a tube in until time to replace tire because of wear. Tire looks like its got a lot of life and its highly unlikely that small pin hole is going to compromise the integrity of the tire. Plugging would require enlarging the hole which is a greater risk to the tire than that lil pin.

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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 05:31 PM
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tube it

If you don't have the road hazard insurance through your dealer, I would put a tube in it.

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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 05:32 PM
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I had a screw in my rear tire with about 4500 miles on it. I plugged it with a cord type tire plug. I'm almost at 9,000 miles and its holding well.

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