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I posted in what, October that I popped my brand new rear Michelin tire? Well, I did it again on my new brand new tire. I even avoided construction areas and sketchy roads like the plague. Image of the small puncture is below. What a buzz kill....

This puncture is pretty tiny and exactly in the center of the tread, and it still holds air but just leaks over time.

So thoughts:
1. Last time I used proper judgement, and just bought a new tire. This time, I'm pissed and want to patch it. All the shops around me say no :LOL:.
If I were to find a way to pop the tire off, do a good quality internal patch/plug myself, how do people feel about that? Is it totally unsafe, or shall I be fine?

2. Should I just full send and put a basic external patch in with some rubber cement, then test frequently for leaks and air pressure?

3. Obviously the smartest/safest way is to get a new tire. BUT-- my wife will punch me in the trachea. Since i keep frying rear tires, I'm not going to buy a super nice Michelin again. Obviously my luck and my wallet aren't aligned. Any takes on some non-OEM sizes like 170/60R17 or 150/70R17? I really want to do some dirt road riding so was thinking of an ADV tire anyways.

Thanks!
Jon

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A $5. rope kit at wally world. I've done 20-30 over the years with no issues.
I'm in the "put in a plug & fill it to 42psi then use it till it's worn out" CAMP. I have run rear SHINKO E-705s in 150/70 x 17 (at 42psi) for years.
 

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