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      01-28-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Conti mobility kit Vs Slime Vs Plugs etc...

I've finally took the plunge to ditch the run flats and just ordered some Continental contact 5's.

So now, I need to buy something to get me home if I get a puncture. I dont want to cart a space saver and jack around with me so I'm after some opinions on the other options available.

A) What would you recommend out of the items in the thread title?
B) Has anybody been unfortunate enough to get a punture and actually used any of them? Were they successful?
C)Could the tyre be repaired afterwards or do you need to buy a new tyre?

Are there any better products on the market I should consider?
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      01-28-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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ContiMobility or Slime kits do the same thing.

Don't put Slime (or Oko, or similar, like you'd use for bike tyres) in as a preventative measure. Not recommended, goes out of balance and you don't know if you've had a puncture.

You'll need a jack if you go down the plug route, as there is little chance you'll be able to either see the puncture or, even if you can see it, get at the thing to plug it. So you'll probably need to take the wheel off. You'll need a compressor too, to inflate it.

There are plenty of kits around with goo and compressor - there's usually a lot of Ford ones on eBay. Make sure you have the larger size goo bottle (Ford do 2 sizes - Fiesta size and Mundane-o size), and the goo is well in date.

Not used either goo in anger.
Used to plug tyres often in the "old days". Not sure if I'd trust a plug repair at any sort of speed these days.

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      01-28-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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I wont be using it for any motorcycle repairs. Any idea what volume the larger sealant bottle is?
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      01-28-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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I wont be using it for any motorcycle repairs. Any idea what volume the larger sealant bottle is?
The one's I've seen on eBay tend to state "Fiesta" or "Mondeo/S-Max"
I had one for my 530, but never used it, and it's been sold now, so I can't tell you.

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      01-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #5
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This is the one I went for. Figured a conti kit would match the conti tyres!

http://www.conticomfortkit.co.uk/
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I've got the plugs and a compressor but don't have a jack. I use plugs on the bike all the time as a get me home and have seen plugs used on cars before with no issues. Plugs if done right are actually much safer than people realise. I've used the slime once before on the bike but its too messy for my liking.
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Slime and Conti mobility kit is basically the same thing - bad stuff to clean up afterwards.

Holts Tyreweld is pretty similar and equally effective (or ineffective depending on the puncture) but washes out with warm soapy water so is much more user friendly.

I used Dynaplugs and a compressor for work as they're simply the best option.
If the hole is too big for a dynaplug then it's too big for a slime kit or tyreweld anyway, ditto if the sidewall has split (which seems to happen more on runflats than on normal tyres for some reason).
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Lexus F-Sport Tire Kit. Seriously.
It's the only one that doesn't destroy the TPMS sensor ... even the M mobility kit destroys the sensors.
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Lexus F-Sport Tire Kit. Seriously.
It's the only one that doesn't destroy the TPMS sensor ... even the M mobility kit destroys the sensors.
Oh and I forgot to mention that its 50% of the cost of the M mobility kit
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No pressure sensor fitted
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Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I've just purchased the Conti mobility kit from eBay for 19.99 + 5.99 postage. I asked the seller the volume and expiry date as recommended above and everything was fine. I couldnt find anywhere selling the lexus kit in the UK and the conti kit was cheap enough anyway.

I decided against plugging in the end because I don't fancy looking for a nail in my tyre on a wet windy night on the hard shoulder. It could be difficult to do in the dark on my own. I do feel plugging would be the best method to temporarily repair and there is less chance of wrecking the tyre or sensors. Convenience won me over. Touch wood I never have to use the kit to find out how it performs.
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there is less chance of wrecking the tyre or sensors.
As stated by ade146, there are no tyre sensors to wreck.
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As stated by ade146, there are no tyre sensors to wreck.
Really? I'm confused. How does the tyre pressure monitor work then?
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Senors in the hubs, determine the speed of each wheel. If one wheel is different enough to the others, it will assume there's a different rolling radius and trigger a TPMS warning.

IIRC the difference in pressure has to be more than 6 or 8 psi to trigger the TPMS warning.
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Senors in the hubs, determine the speed of each wheel. If one wheel is different enough to the others, it will assume there's a different rolling radius and trigger a TPMS warning.

IIRC the difference in pressure has to be more than 6 or 8 psi to trigger the TPMS warning.
Yes - it uses the ABS sensors.
And the pressure drop is quite considerable before it alarms.
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Yes - it uses the ABS sensors.
And the pressure drop is quite considerable before it alarms.
I had alarms at 10psi differential which is good enough if you act on it straight away.
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I just carry 2 cans of Holts tyre weld around with me and a compressor - touch wood I have not had to use them
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I had alarms at 10psi differential which is good enough if you act on it straight away.
The incorrectly named TPMS worked for me when I had a leaking tyre valve after I changed to my non-RFT winters. The tyre had gone soft whilst I was at work. The TPMS alarm came on after a couple of hundred meters. Took me about 20 mins to put the space saver on and then drive home uneventfully. I cleaned the valve by letting out a good blast of air and the tyre has been fine ever since. If Id had RFT I would probably have carried on and destroyed a 250 tyre over a simple valve leak.

I also use Dynaplugs. A great little device. It can repair a lot of punctures in minutes, permanently.
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I just carry 2 cans of Holts tyre weld around with me and a compressor - touch wood I have not had to use them
I do this...

Although I'm going to check these dynaplugs for a better fix if I'm on a longer journey.
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Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I've just purchased the Conti mobility kit from eBay for 19.99 + 5.99 postage. I asked the seller the volume and expiry date as recommended above and everything was fine. I couldnt find anywhere selling the lexus kit in the UK and the conti kit was cheap enough anyway.
Got a link?

Just had a look and had no joy.
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      01-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #21
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Got a link?

Just had a look and had no joy.
eBay link

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brand-New-...-/251217441021
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