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A little trick to make those difficult tire plugs go in a bit easier.

I learned this trick from my brother in law, who has spent literally decades riding dirt and street bikes down in Baja.

On a recent trip one guy in his group got a flat tire while out on the trail. As they were doing the repair some local's stopped by to assist. The guy with the flat was struggling to install the dry (no glue) worm. The local said: "Senior let me help you." He proceeded to grab his gas can and pour some gas on the tire plug.

The guy with the flat then easily shoved it home into the tire.

So fast forward to a couple of days ago. I decided to take a morning ride before temps migrated into the triple digits. When I checked my tire pressures, I noticed the rear was about 5 pounds low...Hummmmm? After a quick inspection I aired it up and rode.

I checked it again today and sure enough it had dropped about 3 pounds once again. Put on my reading glasses for a closer look. Low and behold I saw the culprit then squirted some H2O on it and slow bubbles appeared. Grabbed the small needle nose pliers and yanked it out. Crap a damn staple.

Got out the tire plug kit and went to work. After proper reaming I tried to install the plug dry...Yep tried and no cigar. Then I remembered the recently imparted south of the border wisdom. Sure enough, lube that puppy up with petrol and presto it pops in like a greased turd.

Now my on board tire plug kit also contains a small plastic hose to siphon some gas out of the tank should the need arise.

Hope this can help someone else in a "tight" situation.

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...Then I remembered the recently imparted south of the border wisdom. Sure enough, lube that puppy up with petrol and presto it pops in like a greased turd....
Tim - I am surprised w/ you: I've NEVER wanted to "pops IN like a greased turd", but pops OUT like a greased turd is OK w/ ME!


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Tim - I am surprised w/ you: I've NEVER wanted to "pops IN like a greased turd", but pops OUT like a greased turd is OK w/ ME!

Yea I know, but when she finally let loose and popped in that was the imagery that came to mind...Lol.

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I have the mushroom type repair kit on my bike.
They come with some type of lube already but I removed it.
Instead of their lube I have a small tube of tire repair cement that I install the plug with.
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A little trick to make those difficult tire plugs go in a bit easier.

I learned this trick from my brother in law, who has spent literally decades riding dirt and street bikes down in Baja.

On a recent trip one guy in his group got a flat tire while out on the trail. As they were doing the repair some local's stopped by to assist. The guy with the flat was struggling to install the dry (no glue) worm. The local said: "Senior let me help you." He proceeded to grab his gas can and pour some gas on the tire plug.

The guy with the flat then easily shoved it home into the tire.

So fast forward to a couple of days ago. I decided to take a morning ride before temps migrated into the triple digits. When I checked my tire pressures, I noticed the rear was about 5 pounds low...Hummmmm? After a quick inspection I aired it up and rode.

I checked it again today and sure enough it had dropped about 3 pounds once again. Put on my reading glasses for a closer look. Low and behold I saw the culprit then squirted some H2O on it and slow bubbles appeared. Grabbed the small needle nose pliers and yanked it out. Crap a damn staple.

Got out the tire plug kit and went to work. After proper reaming I tried to install the plug dry...Yep tried and no cigar. Then I remembered the recently imparted south of the border wisdom. Sure enough, lube that puppy up with petrol and presto it pops in like a greased turd.

Now my on board tire plug kit also contains a small plastic hose to siphon some gas out of the tank should the need arise.

Hope this can help someone else in a "tight" situation.

Cheers.
Presto, it popped in like a greased what?!?! What a disgusting and horrible image. Try though I may, I just can't picture such a process, or would that be an event? I thought for a moment I might have captured the image but then I threw up and it vanished - thankfully!
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