Thread: Spare Tires?
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      10-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #72
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Originally Posted by DrGadget View Post
My tyre suppliers showed me some of the handiwork of those who had used plugs and in the process destroyed their non-RFT tyres. In effect, the holes are too big to enable a patch/plug to be used. Not for me. I decided to keep the weight down and use a BMW Mobility Kit. The sealant is latex-based and washes out, so a holed tyre is not written off by goo.
Given the choice always use internal patches over plugs but patches won't work at all close to the side walls because of flexing. The "hole" is only as big as YOU make it (unless the FOD makes it too big for even a plug). Once you get the tire goo into your tire pressure sensor and tire air valve they are history and need to be replaced. The goo/sealant makes a mess and is not easy to remove. If left in the tire it can solidify or freeze and cause tire balance problems. Ask your tyre supplier what they think of the sealant. But to each his own.