Need some help with a punctured tire...

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  1. shohan

    shohan New Member

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    I finally got around to changing the oil in my 94 Sportster 883. Well, during the process I notice that I have 1/2" screw sticking in the front tire.:noes: Anyways, I 'unscrew' it a bit and it leaks air; so I've screwed it back in, but haven't rode it since noticing.

    It's my first bike and I really know nothing about the tires. Do I need to replace the tire? Is it tubeless or can I just replace the inner tube? I don't want to take it to the dealer and get talked into something I don't need.
     
  2. luxy

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    Replace the tire. You only have two, and if one goes it gets messy in a hurry. Tires are definitely something you should never cheap out on.
     
  3. shohan

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    Oh I wasn't debating on whether or not to replace the tire. My question was more whether the tire was tubed or tubeless. If it is tubed I can just replace the tube as the tread on the tire is fine. Of course if its tubeless a new front tire is in order.
     
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    It will say on the tire whether it is tube type or tubeless. Most likely its tubeless on a road bike.
     
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    Vermincelli Banned

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    All depends on a Harley. With spoked wheels they sometimes ran tubes even in tubeless tires.
     
  6. TL1000RSquid

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    Pretty sure its tubeless. Could probably do an inside patch on it and it would be alright know several who've done it.
     
  7. luxy

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    Well what model XLH883 is it? There were 3 that year (Standard, Hugger, and Deluxe). I can go check the parts books at work if you know, and tell you what it should be running.
     
  8. jtl090179

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    its really up to you since its your life, but i know guys that have put plugs in bike tires with no problems at all. but like i said, its your bike and your life. it all depends what kind of value you place on it
     
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    I wouldn't do a plug for anything more then to get me home, inside patches generally makem good as new though, that said last time i picked up a nail it was in my rear and I smoked it till it popped and it was only a 2 week old tire :hs:
     

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