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Old 06-25-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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Field Flat Repair

I just has a wonderful trip in Southern Oregon and Northern California. While visiting one of the fire lookout towers experienced a flat where a rock placed a dime sized hole in the middle tread of my Toyo MT 295/75/17. My patch kit did not have directions but was able to figure it out enough. However the hole was too big for the plug I attempted to use and a patch would have worked better. Problem is I did not have tire spoons to pop the bead from the rim.

I feel I need tire repair 101, since I did not even think of spoons to pop the bead. My question here is what spoons or other method do you use? When do you use a plug? There is grease for the plug to thread the tool to place the plug. However it makes more sense to coat it in cement to galvanize the plug to the tire.

Certainly is nice to have an air compressor.

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:15 PM   #2
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Re: Field Flat Repair

You can always pop the tire off the bead by driving onto the deflated tire. Getting it to seal and pop back on can be an issue.

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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Re: Field Flat Repair

Many times, multiple plugs in one hole will work.


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Old 06-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #4
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http://www.off-road-outdoors.com/tire-repair.html

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
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Re: Field Flat Repair

A great trick to set a bead on a tire is to use a small amount of starting fluid spayed into the tire then light the starter fluid. The fluid will explode and set the bead.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:48 PM   #6
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Re: Field Flat Repair

I use the Extreme Outback Beadbuster with my Hi-Lift Jack and the rear bumper.


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Old 06-26-2012, 02:25 AM   #7
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Re: Field Flat Repair

That is a cool attachment. I've used just a Hi-Lift many times and they work great on their own but that tool would help.

Twist multiple plugs together for big holes, even in sidewalls for temporary use.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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Now would a patch suffice if there was a dime sized hole that cut three bands or belts of a ten ply tire? Or is the tire shot? The defect is mid tread middle of a traction lug surpri
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Yup, Ima say shot
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I might drive out of a trail on a repaired tire, but it will be replaced ASAP. I think driving on a repaired tire with a heavy vehicle is bad mojo IMO.
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