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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava View Post
    Exactly. A lot of air will escape when you pull out the nail, and if you have more than one punctures in the same tyre, almost all the air will be gone by the time you seal the hole (talking from experience here). AFAIK, the repair will last for the lifetime of the tyre in most cases. Don't know about the OP, but I had two punctures in my FZ's rear tyres about 3 months back (2 huge nails struck in the tyre), its got no leakage so far - its as good as it was before the puncture.
    Try over inflating the tyre a bit before repairing so that you get enough time to seal the hole.Thats what i have been doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lijok View Post
    What is the lifetime of the rubber strips? I've bought a kit a couple of months back, and since then I've not had any punctures. How long before I'll need to replace them? I do not want to be caught with an expired piece of mending rubber on a desolate highway!!
    I ran my plugged-in rear tyre for close to 13,000 kms without any issues. By then I had to change the tyre.

    I'd like to add a few pointers to the DIY:

    1) When buying the the puncture repair kit, avoid the spiral type of tool (tool 1 as illustrated in the DIY) and opt for a file version instead. In simple words, avoid the spiral design on the metal length of the tool and go for the one which looks like a file (rough metal surface) on the metal part. This helps create a uniform and cleaner hole for the sticky worm to be plugged in and bond, much so that the spiral one.

    2) Putting the sticky worms is 80% of the process, it can be fool proofed by applying rubber cement on the walls of the hole before putting the sticky strips in. But 99.9% of people never put the cement in since it takes more time to cure.

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    ^ agree with Bluevolt about using rubber cement and also about preferring the file-type reamer instead of the spiral one. But be careful when fixing punctures in soft compound sport tyres. Don't get too enthusiastic with using the reamer. Just a couple of smooth in-out movements are enough to clean the rubber for the sticky-worm to bond well. Too much reaming could remove a chunk of rubber from the tyre and then you'll be going nowhere. This precaution is not all that necessary with car tyres though but remember that the tubeless repair kits sold here are primarily designed for car tyre repair and so the reamer should be used with care on motorcycle tyres.
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    Seriously 'lol', a lot of guys seem to wonder if it is possible to do the fix with minimal air loss! Yes may be. But why would one want to, when tube less tyres lose air gradually, unlike the other kind, till the piercing object is left tampered. When the puncture confirmed , take oneself near a petrol pump with an air pump, before attempting the DIY, if one hasn't invested in an air pump.

    I like keeping the tyre pressure accurate, so i check air pressure frequently and after petrol refills. If I suspect a puncture then i check a bit more frequently. IF The rate of air pressure decrease is 4-6 psi/ 2 days then it should be fixed asap.

    Further I imagine using the spiral type tool as opposed to the file type tool better. Better for the reason the that using the spiral tool like a screw driver, and twist it through and reversely back, will leave a spiral groove through the tyre's thickness. This groove provides a larger surface area for the rubber strip to bond with, on the tyre's rubber. Once the rubber strip has spread out and packed in evenly, it should remain there like a cork screw. Rubber cement should be an added advantage. Of course a file smooths out the surface, which is good for the adhesive to wet.
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    does the puncture repaired through this process take sometime to cure??? because i just tried to repair the puncture and even after using 3 rubber strips the puncture was leaking....

    should i wait for sometime and try again or should i take it to the mechanic?
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    What to do when a repaired puncture starts leaking air..??
    Two such previously punctured spots have started leaking again..Can the old strips removed & new ones can be put OR just insert new strips on the old ones??

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivekgautams View Post
    What to do when a repaired puncture starts leaking air..??
    Two such previously punctured spots have started leaking again..Can the old strips removed & new ones can be put OR just insert new strips on the old ones??
    Remove the old strip if you can, else use the reamer tool to make the hole and continue just like a new puncture.

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    Default Re: DIY: Tubeless Tyre Puncture Repair

    Thanks burnrubbernotursoul

    That was very useful. Today I had to repair my tire, & saw that the local puncture shop guy did a shoddy job.


    He said inserting 2 (sticky) strips into the tire gives better results.
    Now there is a bulge on that part of the tyre & not sure how it bike will handle in corners now.


    Also read that are some high quality rubber strips from a company called "Kwik" (Tyre Patches Manufacturers India Tire Tube Puncture Repair Patches Suppliers Exporters- Chennai, India, USA, Kwik Patches Kit)
    Not sure if it available in Bangalore. Can someone help me source this?

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