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    Default Puncture repairs

    Never had a puncture to repair in the bush! I have all the kit. Had it for years. How long do the glues, patches and hole bungs last for?
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    Maybe just my bad luck bit the 2 I did on a set of Duelers some years back lasted only a couple of weeks before they started leaking slowly
    Donít blame yourself over past mistakes. Itís like driving down the N1 while looking in the rear view mirror only.

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    mine always lasted tire life.never had any issue.
    i'm prone to punctures.
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    The glue dries out, even in a unopened tube.
    I would inspect and replace as required.
    Maybe all the "soft" items (glue, patches an snot sticks).
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    I tossed out the small glue tubes in the kit and bought a bigger tube. Secret to repairing a puncture with those snot plugs is to ream hole,add glue to ream tool and re ream,add glue on snot plug. Insert and cut off any excess,then take hammer and hit around and in snot plug to get tyre to close up hole( I was told to do this as it shocks the tyres memory back into play to close the hole thus squeezing against the plug)....no idea if the hammer idea works but it looks good when being watched,
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    Installed, they last for many years. The solution in the tube dries after a while.
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    Just on this.
    If its the kit with the plastic handles please throw it away or burn it asap! Those plastic handles break when youre putting all you force on them pushing the shaft through the tyre, and it then goes straight through your hand.

    Get the metal handled ones!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Just on this.
    If its the kit with the plastic handles please throw it away or burn it asap! Those plastic handles break when youre putting all you force on them pushing the shaft through the tyre, and it then goes straight through your hand.

    Get the metal handled ones!
    Agree 100 % those plastic ones are absolute rubbish , ditch them and buy the proper ones , also buy the bigger tube of rubber cement , I find the last much longer the the small tubes.

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    Wrote a piece in a 4x4 mag couple of years back and won an iron man repair kit. Added a couple of snot plugs to kit. Have replace glue on regular basis others haven't had a problem with them loosing air yet.

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    The secret to installing a snot plug ,besides glue ,is to insert plug with ample glue then twist handle and pull out. This causes the plug in tyre to form a type of mushroom inside. Just a hint I was told.
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    Just for info

    Plugs are a temporary repair only, and are intended to get you only to the nearest repair facility where a proper internal inspection and repair can be done. SANS 10408 Puncture Repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedjudd View Post
    Just for info

    Plugs are a temporary repair only, and are intended to get you only to the nearest repair facility where a proper internal inspection and repair can be done. SANS 10408 Puncture Repairs.
    Ermmmm...... Thanks.. Good to know that this what I must do if I have shop that fixes tyres.
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    Where could I find the ones with metal handles.
    I have only seen the ones with plastic handles.

    What glue do you use with the plugs?
    I use a tube of ordinary contact adhesive. Is that fine?

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    Dont take anything I say as actual advice or fact. I dont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad View Post
    Where could I find the ones with metal handles.
    I have only seen the ones with plastic handles.

    What glue do you use with the plugs?
    I use a tube of ordinary contact adhesive. Is that fine?
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    I have several vehicles with kits.

    I have found-

    -They donít last more than a few years and once the seal is broken, they don't last very long at all. Even with the seal intact they go hard - replace every few years. Keep the old one in the kit and use first if hard you have the newer tube.

    -A big tube is next to useless as once the seal is broken it hardens fairly quickly, before you get a chance to use the full tube.

    -A tube in a cool garage lasts longer, than in a hot car. With the farm, once I have broken the seal of a bigger tube, I put it in the garage where I do most of the plugging.

    -I have found the smaller tubes last longer and cost effective, better to have a few smaller tubes than one bigger one that hardens quickly once the seal is broken.

    Not just for gluing in placeÖ. One of the jobs of the glue is lubrication to get the plug in easier and for the tyre around the plug to settle around the plug to seal, as plugs are meant to be temporary if you are stuck with a hard tube of glue and canít get the plug in - at the last resort -water or even spit will work, this will help you to get to a tyre place, to do a more permanent repair. On the farm many of my plugs have become permanent and I used water and they have not slipped out or leaked.

    And yes the plastic handles get hard and brittle and can break, ALWAYS use leather glove when pushing in the plug.

    Those cheap kits are not worth the money spent.

    GOOD tip with twisting the plug before plulling out the insert tool, also jeaking the tool out helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-9 View Post
    And yes the plastic handles get hard and brittle and can break, NEVER USE A REAMER / SNOT PLUG FITMENT THINGY WITH PLASTIC HANDLES
    Fixed it for you. A leather glove is not going to stop the shank going through someone's hand if the handle breaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    Fixed it for you. A leather glove is not going to stop the shank going through someone's hand if the handle breaks.
    Will not stop it completely, agree with you but - but a good leather glove will reduce the damage to the hand significancy.

    I have thrown out all my plastic handed ones, they are dangerous. Even my bikes have the heavy duty metal plug insert tools, not worth the risk. The reamers don't need the hard pushing like the plug inserts, but i chucked them out as well.

    The last thing you need is a spiked hand on a 4x4 trip.
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    * 1994 LAND-CRUISER J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 LAND-CRUISER LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain.

    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
    * 2011 ISUZU bakkie 4x4
    * MERCEDES UNIMOG U416.
    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad View Post
    Where could I find the ones with metal handles.
    I have only seen the ones with plastic handles.

    What glue do you use with the plugs?
    I use a tube of ordinary contact adhesive. Is that fine?
    Ordinary glue works as a lubricant to get the plug in, but will not stick to the rubber for long.

    I bought 14 of the heavy duty insert tools, a few years ago, very, very cheap, i need need a few more. They are/where a dealer supplier, as a retailer they let me buy. But they don't turn anyone away- Accessories Spares Centre (Pty) Ltd, 17 travertine cres, Briardene Durban north
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    * 1994 LAND-CRUISER J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 LAND-CRUISER LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain.

    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
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    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
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    Default Re: Puncture repairs

    To answer the OP's question, which is how long do the UNUSED components last - I don't have a definitive answer, but I buy new ones for every major trip, and keep the previous trip's bits and bobs as reserves. The glue, snot plugs etc are cheap and not worth taking a chance on. Heat and humidity obviously play a role in speeding up deterioration.
    And yes, metal handles only for the tools.
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