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Old 10-15-2015, 08:52 AM   #15
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This link does not work for me. I would like to see more info on this unit.

Same link as in post #7 above.
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I just ordered the kit that Fire UP and vsheetz recommended.

Thanks for the replies!

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Well, here's an example, albeit a bit extreme, of what the capability of those sticky rope plugs can do. We were up on the Imogene Pass Jeep run, a few zillion feet in altitude in the Colorado Mtns. a bit south of Ouray. We were in one of the many abandoned mine areas up there when, while cruising in a bit of a precarious situation, we heard the infamous Batman term "POW"!!!!!, and about 3.5 seconds of hssssssss and, that left rear tire was FLAT!


I looked out and, there was a piece of 1" re-bar sticking out of the mud, at about a 45 degree angle. While watching where I was going so I didn't fall off the cliff, I hit that re-bar with the left rear tire sidewall. CRAP!


So, I limped it down to a flat area so I could work on it. There were about 8 Jeeps in our little group and, they were all running the same size tires, 35's. So, not only did I have a spare but, all of them offered theirs up too.


So, I figured, heck, it's time for lunch anyways so, while every one was breaking out the lunch coolers, I went to work on experimenting with my new tire plug kit. Well, I was pretty sure ONE plug was not going to cut the mustard here so, in went number two, three, four, five, hmmmm. Guess what, you're looking at a grand total of FOURTEEN of those plugs, that had to be stuffed in that monster sized hole.


It stopped hissing with number 14. So, I filled it with 50 lbs. pressure and was going to check it after I ATE MY LUNCH. After lunch and some typical Jeep BS stories, (about an hours worth is all we can take) I went over and checked it. It was still at 50 lbs. Hmmmmm. Not bad. So, I lowered it down to my normal trail pressure of 10 lbs. and, we headed down the trail.


I ran that tire, with all those plugs in it, for a few other trails in that trip which, included some street driving to get to those trails too, for about a week. When it came time for hooking the Jeep to the back of the coach for the 800 mile trip home, I changed it. It remained on the back of the Jeep, where you see it in the picture, for about 3 weeks while Discount Tire could find 35-12:50x15 replacements for my Jeep. Incidentally, Discount replaced that tire due to "Road hazard" guaranty. How about that!
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Well, here's an example, albeit a bit extreme, of what the capability of those sticky rope plugs can do. . How about that!
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Awesome repair....but I have to make the comment...someone doesn't follow rules

A sidewall repair to top it off.....Now that is definitely a MacGyver move....

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Love it! Thanks for the story and photo Scott. You should write for a magazine.

I see we both wore badges before retiring. Your company vehicle was red, mine was black and white, LOL!

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Yes, multiple plugs do work provided you have enough plugs. Once used a handful to fill a huge hole in the sidewall of a quad bike because mustering was in full swing and there was no spare.
F350 is currently running with a sticky cord repair diagonally down through the sidewall and it is still holding after the worst mountain roads that Peru, Ecuador and Colombia can dish up. Same tyre has a patch on a hole poked in the sidewall when a jagged rock got forced between the duallies.
Other MH has plug in a screw hole and that is still holding despite a trip all around Turkey, also on some pretty terrible roads. Have used them on 22.5" tyres as well and never had a problem.
Main thing is that all sticky cord plugs were inserted while the wheel was still on the vehicle, tyre was inflated and we drove off a couple of minutes later. Barely needed to wash my hands afterwards.

Yes, definitely not an approved repair, but they work.
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Yes, multiple plugs do work provided you have enough plugs. Have used them on 22.5" tyres as well and never had a problem.
Main thing is that all sticky cord plugs were inserted while the wheel was still on the vehicle, tyre was inflated and we drove off a couple of minutes later. Barely needed to wash my hands afterwards.

Yes, definitely not an approved repair, but they work.

Glad to see an actual confirmation that they really do work on a 22.5 inch tire.

I now have one on order (T-handle type)

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