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Sidewall Repair

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Steamboat Willys, Dec 9, 2021.

  1. Dec 11, 2021

    68BuickV6 Well-Known Member

    Norco, CA.
    Mar 12, 2012
    I put one of these on my spare, on the sidewall, on almost the exact same spot even, still hoping pressure fine two months later.

    I used a die grinder to rough up the inside with a roloc disk, applied rubber cement, patch/plug, rubber cement, and repair sealer.
    Excessive? Probably, but we already know the tire is junk. If it's being carried anyway, might as well give it your best shot. You'll still need to limp it like you're driving on a flat, it's just asking to pop.

    You couldn't pay me to do it to a daily driver or a customer car though, for those cars, I get the tire warranty.
  2. Dec 12, 2021

    48cj2a http://bantamt3c.com

    Central Illinois
    May 4, 2003
    Getting here late but wanted to add some experience from when I worked at a dealership.

    A salesman stopped by the dealership from a company called Tech Tire.


    They sold Vulcanized Tire Plugs and Patches. His demo took be out to his Van where he took a tire ream tool and punched a hole in his front driver side tire, he peeled the vinyl off a plug, loaded into the install tool, painted it with vulcanizing cement, pulled the ream and inserted and pulled the tool from the hole in a swift motion. The tire already had dozens of plugs from previous demos. It sold me and I bought the kit from him. I've repaired maybe a half dozen sidewall punctures before we had all of the liability worries and lawsuit happy people of today. Never had one come back to the shop and this was a Cadillac Pontiac Dealership in the mid 80s.

    Good plug patch video here but kill the sound its in a foreign language:

    Here is another I've never seen before but for an offroad tire - is pretty interesting -
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  3. Dec 12, 2021

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  4. Dec 13, 2021
    Dave Deyton

    Dave Deyton Member

    Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Oct 12, 2003
    My wife's grandfather used to repair tires with sidewall plugs, rubber cement, and run a tube in them forever. I inherited his tube repair stuff and I loved using the hot volcanizing patches. Patched a ton of bicycle tubes for the kids. I can't get those hot patches anymore, but I still have the vise mounted on the barn door. Those worked so much better than the glue in patches. His tractor tires had bolts with nuts sticking out of the sidewall. He said he used carriage bolts to hold in a piece of an old tire as a boot to keep the tube from coming through the splits in the tires. He never drove very fast or very far, but I remember going to the used tire place and he got the tires thrown out in the back and made them work.

    Seems like it would work for a spare, but Moab is tough on tires.

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