Quick Flat Fix


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Jesus45044
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Quick Flat Fix

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As we prepare our 1988 GL1500 for the road this spring, we would like to know what should we have on have on hand in case there is a flat. We just purchased new Dunlop tires but we still want to be prepared if we are in God's country with no cell service and no one around for miles.


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Welcome to the forum.

Some guys like the Fix a Flat type products. Some new cars even come with this instead of a spare. Tire repair guys don't like it.

Your GL1500 has an onboard air compressor for the rear suspension that also has an air out connection. You will need a hose assembly to use this. They are usually available from the typical aftermarket suppliers or you could post a wanted ad if you don't have one. There are also posts on how to "cheat" the controls and allow the compressor to put out air while the engine is running (contrary to what the owner's manual says).

ATTENTION: in the how-to section there is information on refreshing the desiccant for the compressor. Do it as well as changing the two sub-filters which haven't been done in forever. Yeah, and do the timing belts also. Back on track now.

Alternatively you can carry a standalone 12v mini compressor or there are kits that will adapt common CO2 cartridges to your valve stems.

Plug kits come in two basic styles. The rubber coated strings/ropes with tubes of messy cement or the rubber mushroom type. Stop n' Go is a good brand of both. They each have their detractors and proponents. They are designed to deal with tread punctures, usually a straight in screw. If you have a gash or sidewall damage, they will be of little use. You will need some pliers type tool to pull the screw out as well. I carry both types but prefer the mushroom ones. If you have the glue type, replace the tube of glue every spring.

If you did not personally remove your rear wheel for the new tires, confirm that the mechanic did it right and pulled the driveshaft for cleaning and relubrication. Then go read (and download or print) the articles on how to remove the wheels. You may need to actually do this if you have an emergency replacement. I know guys that have managed to get to a shop on a flat, pulled their own wheel and been waiting for the shop to open in the morning.
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Re: Quick Flat Fix

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You can buy a plug kit at any auto parts store. there is one called super plug, it is shaped like a mushroom so it expands on the inside of the tire, also you can pick up a portable air compressor. also there is a something you can put in your tire called Ride On, it balances your tires as it protects them from a puncture. It is not Fix a flat, it will destroy your rims.
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Re: Quick Flat Fix

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For temporary repairs (and, for motorcycles, ALL tire repairs should be considered "temporary"), I really like the Dynaplug tool: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=21201

I also carry a tiny inflator, which works much faster (and is far less expensive to replace than the EXPENSIVE on-board compressor) like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Dynaplug-Ultra-C ... ref=sr_1_2
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What didn't get stated - vast majority of puncture issues will be on rear tires, not front. The vast majority of tire failures will also be on rear tires.

Andy gives some good pointers (know how -and- consider having the tools to remove rear wheel) in the event you have the opportunity to have a place repair your tire. If a proper vulcanizing repair is made to the inside of the tire, it should be sufficient (yes, even in the middle of a trip...) to get you home to solve the issue at YOUR time.

Stringy rope plugs, glue and the proper installation tools are key for a successful on-the-side-of-the-road tire repair.

The most important thing for me was doing a sticky rope plug repair on my SUV tire from the comfort of my garage. That way, when you're laying on the ground doing the work, it's not foreign to you.

An article on the topic - sport bike, but same concept. You just happen to have more stuff (luggage) in the way - https://ridermagazine.com/2020/05/18/ho ... ycle-tire/

=OR=

Cell phone and a credit card can work as well. :shock:
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Someone mentioned RideOn - I use it or a similar product in the tires on my bikes. Dynamic balancing and probability of it stopping a leak is well worth it to me.
Sticky ropes or plugs - I do carry them with me. If the nail hole is small getting the reamer into the tire can be difficult. You can get it started and use your foot to push it in if needed. Highly recommend to get the ones with the "T" handles, the strait handles are next to impossible to use in a car or MC tire. I have used them on my bike (before RideOn) and I have fixed a flat for someone on their car when them when I was out on my bike. :D
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Check this out:



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Here's your answer:
https://www.ride-on.com/
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Solo So Long wrote: Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:05 pm Check this out:



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I did. Reinforced my opinion of that "influencer."
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Plus one on the Dynaplug. I have used them for years. I like that they fit your typical nail/screw hole without having to make it bigger, first.
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I have found another alternative.

https://www.nealeytirerepairkit.com/

I have not tried it myself. Recommended to me by a friend who has used it.
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Nealey kit looks good, but...
1. No physical address for the company on the web site.
2. No payment options other than paypal.
3. Prices are HIGHER on the order form than they are on the product page!!!
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offcenter wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:40 pm Nealey kit looks good, but...
1. No physical address for the company on the web site.
2. No payment options other than paypal.
3. Prices are HIGHER on the order form than they are on the product page!!!

Yikes! Thanks for checking. I was just passing along a buddy's link. He and I will have to have a talk over a banana split!

Reminds me to go get a Dynaplug kit to add to the assortment. Maybe I'll get one for him as well.
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Nice video.....but.....
Hard to trust a company that doesn't tell you where they are.
Hard to trust a company that has no contact email address (although they do have a phone number)
Big red flag when I see two different prices, with the order form being considerably higher than the product page.
....and I prefer not to use paypal.
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The address on the repair kit is in Urbandale, Iowa. I think the difference in price is because it says on the order page those prices include shipping and handling.


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