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OE Pirellis took a nail
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:21:07 PM »
Ton of road construction around here and I caught a nail, it looked like a concrete nail with a finishing head and it went head first into one of the sipes coming out the sidewall. After a couple weeks I'm still not leaking, but it looks like I did nick a couple nylon cords. I'm just over 13,000km and it looks like there's tread life left in it.

What are the thoughts on replacing this? ASAP, wait till winter end of season sales or ride it till its done?

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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2017, 06:36:20 PM »
No way I would run it that way.
You have 2 options as I see it.
1. plug it and run till dead
2. replace it.

I would plug it...some say never, some say its ok.
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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 06:46:41 PM »
It depends on your comfort level. As you have been riding with the embedded nail for a couple of weeks, you seem to be OK with it.

My rear Scorpion took a nail or screw, the head was worn off during my ride, at about 6,000 kilometers. I frightened me to think I had been riding rather enthusiastically with it in place. I was an hour from home and Canadian Tire in Perth would not touch it. I pumped air into the tire and limped home on the back roads.

I rode to my dealer Powersports Canada the next morning and they were reluctant to plug it in case it caused an accident. It was also going to be expensive if the did, so I paid the additional cost for my own piece of mind.

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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 07:14:00 PM »
Looks like an excellent excuse to put some better rubber on your bike.
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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 07:53:34 PM »
My understanding of tire construction makes me think i only pierced the exterior casing (tread) and kissed the outer belt, I pulled the whole nail out there's nothing left in the hole and I haven't had to add any air so the inner case is fully intact. Would a plug help if there's no leaking?

I hated these tires when they were new, but since the first few months with them I've had no complaints. My original intent was to make the tires part of the service when I put it away in December, but I found a set of Roadtec Z6's for $340 a set uninstalled so maybe I'll give those a go.

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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 08:12:19 PM »
I'd replace it....not sure they are meant to repair a sidewall anyway, and I wouldn't risk it the way it is, even if it does seem to be holding....... :006:
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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 11:21:47 PM »
Buy a set of Shinko 009 Ravens, much better tires than the OE Pirelli's and dirt cheap too. Less than $ 176.00 at your door for the set. That tire is unsafe if there is anything even remotely touching the sidewall which it is. This from someone who has had a plug in the rear tire for almost 5k miles but my puncture was dead center of the tread.
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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2017, 01:34:59 AM »
I'm a big believer of plugging clean tread punctures or proper patching on centered holes that need 3 plugs. A tiny sidewall hole in a tire is a gamble. If I Had to run that tire, I'd be looking at inner tube installation.
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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2017, 04:00:39 PM »
Damages to the sidewalls are dangerous! You shouldn't plug those.
I'd replace the tyre.
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Re: OE Pirellis took a nail
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2017, 10:09:39 PM »
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Damages to the sidewalls are dangerous! You shouldn't plug those.
I'd replace the tyre.
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