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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ssncob View Post
From when I did work with Cooper Tire company - NO, do not put a tube in a tubeless tire (for highway rated tires/speed).

Besides the valve stem not aligning as mentioned above, the flex of the tire will ruin the tube. An internal patch is the preferred method of tire repair. A good plug is second. Don't try to repair a hole in a sidewall - toss the tire. Obviously if stuck in boonie land and you have a sidewall puncture you can try plugging it - however a couple of things to note. One - have your life insurance paid up. Two - run around 10 psi or so higher than normal to limit the sidewall flex. Three - keep your speed way down - both to limit stress on the tire, and the handling issues you're going to experience when the plug gives out.

Also - whether you plug or patch a tire - de-rate the speed rating of the tire one step down.

Slow down? No way!

Oh wait a minute ... from 149 to 130 mph. Well, ok then
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 05:11 PM
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Agree with the above. Crashed a Bike at high speed(220Kph +) when tube was put in a tubeless tyre (Front) by the idiot that sold me the bike?
The tubes valve was ripped from the tube and the tube just broke into pieces?
Bikes fairing split in half, me with a scratch? maybe 2

Well i started out with nothing and I still got a whole lot left

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Can you Fix Flat Tubeless Tire with a Tube?

I am not sure when it comes to MC tires. However on car tires I am certain . According to the RMA (Rubber Manufacturer Association) that the plug patch method is the preferred & safest method on repair tires. Not an external plug or a hot patch. Only a plug patch method. You can repair a tire twice if the area needing repaired is within the plug patch fixable area. If you repair a tire 3rd time it no longer retains its speed rating.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 06:45 PM
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Plug patch is the best method to my knowledge.... it's a combination internal patch and plug. My understanding is the risk is moisture intrusion in the damaged carcass. It will likely eventually fail after a period of time. Time is your enemy. If your going to wear the tire out in a year or two you will likely have no issues. The risk of failure goes up with time. I have had two truck tires fail with tread separation. Both tires had plugs more than 5 years old. Those two tires are the only tires that have ever failed on me.

I wouldn't do it on a motorcycle like a goldwing.... that's me. On an around the town bike... absolutely.

It's important to periodically inspect your tires for cuts and punctures that will allow moisture into the carcass for the same reason.

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