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Trail Tire Repair

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2 1/2" gash

Ugly

Clean it and then stitch it from the inside

First stitch 

Stitched up like Frankenstein

A sold stitch about every 1/2 inch

Tie a knot on the inside and push the plugs thru

Smeared with glue

17 plugs, count'um

A good friend of mine, Lance, out here in AZ wrote this up and posted it on our local forum.  I got his permission to publish this on my site and I present this to you the reader as a great trail fix.  

Lance is a real hard-core wheeler.  He runs hard and hits the trails with all the aplomb that a wheeler of his caliber does.  I give him a 'tip 'o hat' for a truly great trail fix that everyone can learn from and do.


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So, what do you do when you are solo on the road heading back to the trailer and your tire gets a gash you can nearly put your hand in.  To make matter worse you are not hauling a spare.

You fix it!

This trail repair, while it was a HUGE PITA, at least got me to the trailhead and on the trailer. Luckily, I had all the necessary tools and parts to make it work.


Tools and parts:

Air compressor (OBA)

Air hose

Tie wire (bailing wire)

Tire plugs and tool

Rubber cement

Pliers

1/2" socket (for Bead Locks)

Tire iron

Jack

LOTS of patience

2.5" slice that would not hold plugs.


The trail fix:

1)  Removed the tire from the rig. Pulled all the bolts out of the BL ring and removed it. Propped open tire, but I did not remove tire from back bead. 

2)  Scoured the inside of sidewall with a wire brush and sprayed with Simple Green to clean, then brake cleaner to remove all contaminates. 

3)  Started with the tie wire, by stitching the cut closed.

4)  Next, I tied a knot in some plugs and inserted them from the INSIDE, so they would not pull out as easily.

5)  I reassembled the rim and tire, and aired it up. I was still getting some air escaping, so I sprayed Simple Green on it to find out where. The air was coming through the "stitch" holes, so I plugged them too. No more leaks!

I used 17 plugs. Good thing I had a new box of 50 plugs with me.

I ran about a couple miles to the trailer like this, and still had air in the tire this morning.

Time will tell on how this repair holds up. But I will start carrying a spare in the tow rig until I can get a replacement.

Tires are 37x13x17, mounted on Walker Evans Bead Locks and I run them at 5-6 PSI.

Time:

Took about 1.5 hours on the trail, by myself.

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