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patching sidewalls

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I was wondering if anyone had a good method for patching MTB tire sidewalls.

 

My basic method is to use a tire patch on the inside of the casing. I cover it with some foil or plastic wrap, insert a tube and air it up. I then ride it around a bit after the glue has dried.

 

I then take the tube out and insert Stans.

 

This usually works a while but the tube patch eventually works loose and it starts to leak.

 

Anyone tried the specific tubeless tire patches?

 

Vulcanizing patches?

post #2 of 10

I have had seuccess with vulcanized plug even on sidewalls...

 

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post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks Josh,

 

I'd forgotten about doing this. Do you use the ones for Automotive, or the ones made for MTB tires? I'm guessing its the same stuff. I keep some in my truck.

 

This is also a pretty big hole. Probably take about 3-4 widths of the plug material to fix.

 

Anyone tried these?

 

http://www.bikeparts.com/search_results.asp?id=BPC153552&gclid=CIKosLrD1bcCFQtgMgodXnkA2A

 

I don't know whether these tubeless tire patches are any different than a tube patch...

post #4 of 10

I carry that patch kit around, but have not needed it yet. The patches feel different from a regular tube patch kit for what that is worth.

post #5 of 10

If you're running tubeless with Stans, Super Glue can work wonders on small sidewall cuts. Always carry some in your pack, particularly the little single-use tubes.  Clean & dry the cut, glue it together, then air up and shake some Stans over the cut and chances are you'll be able to ride it out.

 

Sure beats walking or riding on your rim.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
 

Thanks Josh,

 

I'd forgotten about doing this. Do you use the ones for Automotive, or the ones made for MTB tires? I'm guessing its the same stuff. I keep some in my truck.

 

This is also a pretty big hole. Probably take about 3-4 widths of the plug material to fix.

 

Anyone tried these?

 

http://www.bikeparts.com/search_results.asp?id=BPC153552&gclid=CIKosLrD1bcCFQtgMgodXnkA2A

 

I don't know whether these tubeless tire patches are any different than a tube patch...

 

If it's that big of a hole.... get a new tire.

 

Riding low pressure (one of the reasons to go with a tubeless setup) will put a lot of stress on the joint between the tire and the tube, with nothing supporting the patch itself.

 

At least with a tubed setup, the patch is still sandwiched, which gives me more confidence.

post #7 of 10

Anyone remember when a folded up dollar bill was the SOP for fixing a sidewall flat, 80's?   I just changed out my rubber last weekend as a precaution.  I hate changing flats in the winter, out on the trail.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

Anyone remember when a folded up dollar bill was the SOP for fixing a sidewall flat, 80's?   I just changed out my rubber last weekend as a precaution.  I hate changing flats in the winter, out on the trail.

 

It still is used as an emergency tire boot.

post #9 of 10

I would imagine the best  patches you could get would be the one's I use to use on the wing deice boots on my airplane.  They have embedded cloth and are thin and pliable.  You could probably get them online.

post #10 of 10

Anything aviation related would cost more than the tire.

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