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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:52 pm    Post subject: Bushwheel puncture repair Reply with quote

I see that Airframes Alaska is now selling a tubeless tire puncture plug kit as well as their emergency patch kits.

Does anyone have experience of using a puncture plug on an Alaskan Bushwheel? Did it work, and for how long?

Just wondering whether it’s a way of salvaging an 1,800 dollar tire, or just a “get you home before the bears eat you” procedure...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the patch kit but haven't had to use it yet thankfully. Looks pretty simple but using it other than to get to a place for better repair, don't know how long I'd feel comfortable relying on it. I guess it depends on how much of a puncture it's covering.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Bushwheel puncture repair Reply with quote

Njacko wrote:
I see that Airframes Alaska is now selling a tubeless tire puncture plug kit as well as their emergency patch kits.

Does anyone have experience of using a puncture plug on an Alaskan Bushwheel? Did it work, and for how long?

Just wondering whether it’s a way of salvaging an 1,800 dollar tire, or just a “get you home before the bears eat you” procedure...


Ok, ignorant, off-topic question: Are there bears in Scotland?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been useing and recommending the plugs for many years. most people are afraid of the plug so we didn't sell many of the kits
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Living in the offroad world, I can’t imagine living without tire plugs. They work extremely well and I have seen 10-15 stuffed in a single gash that held for months before the tire was replaced. Tire handled extreme rock crawling to get off trail. I would not hesitate to use a plug on my bushwheels or any other non tube tire.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.dynaplug.com/pro_xtreme.html

http://www.dynaplug.com/roadsidekit.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice kit! I have been experimenting with a 20oz paintball CO2 cartridge with an air chuck adapter to fill the tires. I can get two fills on a flat 31" Bushwheel per cartridge and it is lighter than any pump I have found. Bonus is you are not completely wasted like you are after trying to fill them with a bicycle pump... One of those, a patch kits and one of these plug kits should get you home from all but the nastiest gash. Second bonus is the co2 bottle is refillable from a 20lb Co2 bottle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dynaplug works great!

I have used it twice to repair a Wrangler Kevlar tire (which I bought because I thought they were supposed to be bulletproof) on my Raptor.
One of the repairs, caused by a West Texas Rio Grande sharp ass rock, took 3 of the plugs to seal and stayed sealed until I replaced the tires a year later.

I think with your CO2 idea, it would be the ultimate kit.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CO2 is the ticket. For years we carried an aluminum 5# CO2 bottle with fixed regulator , short hose, and chuck when we went offroading to air the tires back up when we came off the trail. Because the CO2 stores as liquid and boils off as the pressure drops there is a lot more gas to fill with. Also the bottle pressure seldom exceeds 600# which is a lot less than nitrogen. Downside is that CO2 is a little dirty and contains moisture. Somethings you just live with.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! A lot of offroaders here! I carried a 20lb aluminum bottle for many years. A little big but airing up 4 36" TSL's uses up a lot of volume and you can run air tools off of it as well. Any of you guys use a 12v Redi Welder?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maule, just another off-road vehicle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. Went from all wheel drive (lockers) to no wheel drive!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started using a Lestek 12V alternator welder under the hood of the ranch truck in 1986. When I couldn't retrofit it to the turbo diesel ranch truck in 1999 I mated it to an 8 HP briggs and carried it where ever. I still have it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Bushwheel puncture repair Reply with quote

Thanks folks, we’ve plugged the hole, and it seems to be holding just fine.

Andy Young wrote:


Are there bears in Scotland?


Er, no, I think not since a few thousand years ago. But we do have some “backcountry” where you could get stuck with a flat more than 10 miles from a grocery store Smile
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