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#182163 - 09/14/09 03:59 PM Tire Repair Kit recommendations
Lon Offline

Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 115
Loc: middle Tennessee
I was thinking of adding a Tire Repair Kit to my prep supplies.
Do any of you have experience with the Black Jack brand kits? ... any other recommendations?

#182166 - 09/14/09 04:26 PM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: Lon]
thseng Offline
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Registered: 03/24/06
Posts: 900
Loc: NW NJ
Those certainly look like very nice high-end kits.

I've always had very good luck with the cheap no-name brand plugs and tools provided one thing:

You know that tiny little tube of rubber cement that comes with the cheap kit? Forget it. Buy a large tube of the cement and be very generous with it.

It even worked when I had a half of a rusted-out muffler clamp punched through my tire once.
- Tom S.

"Never trust and engineer who doesn't carry a pocketknife."

#182167 - 09/14/09 04:34 PM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: thseng]
JohnE Offline

Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 601
Loc: Southern Cal
I've used the StopnGo tire plug system several times on my motorcycle tires. Never tried it on a car tire but I don't know of any reason why it wouldn't work.

It's pretty easy to use if you can find the hole or the thing that punctured the tire and if the puncture isn't on the sidewall.


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comin round
tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson"

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#182191 - 09/14/09 08:16 PM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: JohnE]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
I just use the ones I get at wal-mart smile

I also recently learned that semi-low profile, and low profile tires pretty much shred because by the time yuo tell they are flat it's to late frown
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#182199 - 09/14/09 09:07 PM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: Todd W]
Grouch Offline

Registered: 07/02/08
Posts: 395
Loc: Ohio
Since there could be safety ramifications when plugging tires, I offer this...

A plug by itself is not an acceptable repair.
The proper repair of a punctured tire requires a plug for the hole and a patch for the area inside the tire that surrounds the puncture hole. The repair material used - for example, a “combination patch and plug” repair - must seal the inner liner and fill the injury to be considered a permanent repair.

Punctures through the tread can be repaired if they are not too large, but punctures to the sidewall should not be repaired.

Tires must be removed from the rim to be properly inspected before being plugged and patched.

Source: safecar.gov

#182207 - 09/14/09 10:31 PM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: Grouch]
Modacad Offline

Registered: 08/07/08
Posts: 2
I go offroading quite a bit... This is the best.... http://www.extremeoutback.com/

Standard disclaimer: I do not work for them or receive any compensation from them.. just a happy customer...

#182212 - 09/14/09 11:19 PM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: Modacad]
RayW Offline

Registered: 12/06/01
Posts: 566
Loc: Orlando, FL
Have used the Safety Seal brand which is in a similar price range to the ones you are looking at. It's a heavy duty all metal kit and replacement parts are available.


Over the years i have used many of the safety seal plugs with out any problems. And while not recommended i even plugged a sidewall puncture once, it got me home. Then i replaced the tire, wasn't going to push my luck anymore than that.

Standard Disclaimer,

#182219 - 09/15/09 12:29 AM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: RayW]
GarlyDog Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 776
Loc: The People's Republic of IL
I have used the cheap kits with great success over the years. Something else to consider is a 12V portable compressor.

#182221 - 09/15/09 12:49 AM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: GarlyDog]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Another user of cheap tire plugs here.
They are great for fixing flats caused by nails.
The ones I get just have the rasp, the needle eye hook and a pack of gummy string.
Remember to include pliers something to pull the nail (or whatever it was) out of the tire.
May set off to explore without any sense of direction or how to return.

#182224 - 09/15/09 01:07 AM Re: Tire Repair Kit recommendations [Re: RayW]
timo Offline

Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 39
I wouldn't go too cheap on this.

Consider that this is a tool that you're trusting to get you out of a real big jam.
Maybe on the side of the road, in the dark, in the rain, miles from nowhere?
Maybe you won't be there(or you're injured) and your significant other will have to use the kit?

The really cheap kit's have poor handles that can break and/or junky probes and needles that can bend or break. I've experienced this myself.

I agree that the cement should be used liberaly and probably replaced every few years
if your kits live in a hot trunk.

The Black Jack kits are a good bare minimum.
I bought a box of 30 plugs and two each of the plastic handled probes and needles and split the plugs between two cars. They take up very little space in my car kit.

I'm set and I trust to tools.

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