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I just got my ctx 1300 2weeks ago and developed a slow leak in the rear tire. Upon inspection tonight I discovered a small nail, just right of center. 2600 miles on it by the way. I am wondering if I should plug it, plug and patch it or do I need to replace it? What have you guys done.
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I just got my ctx 1300 2weeks ago and developed a slow leak in the rear tire. Upon inspection tonight I discovered a small nail, just right of center. 2600 miles on it by the way. I am wondering if I should plug it, plug and patch it or do I need to replace it? What have you guys done.

I've seen people just plug it.


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I would also plug it.

1. Have compressor, remove nail
2. Ream hole well with reamer
3. Prepare plug on insert tool
4. Ream hole again with glue on reamer
5. Glue on plug, insert, twist, remove
6. Trim exterior with razor blade
7. Inflate, check with soapy water
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I am wondering if I should plug it, plug and patch it or do I need to replace it? What have you guys done.
Lots of factors at play here.

The decision to plug or replace hinges on the damage the nail has done to the tire and what further damage will be incurred during its removal.

Then you have to consider how you use the bike: do you normally ride two-up? Carry a lot of weight on the bike? Ride aggressively? Ride in high heat?

And finally, do you plan to tour with it? Will you feel comfortable riding across areas where help, cellphone reception and repair facilities are scarce?

When it comes to tires I lean toward having the best I can afford in the best condition I can afford under me. Replacing a tire at home will always be less costly and less stressful than replacing one on tour.

Your thought processes may differ.

Good luck and ride safe.
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I was gonna leave my two-cents.... but there is lots of good advice here.


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Plug it and ride on.
I've personally put ten's of thousands of miles on plugged tires without issue.
During 7+ years working as a dealer tech I changed many plugged tires that had ran many thousands of miles.
I've never seen or heard a reliable account of a plugged tire failing.
That being said, if I spent alot of time riding in very hot climates or running very heavily loaded I would be less comfortable with a repaired tire.


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Haven't had a problem with plugs in the area you described.

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