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I was washing my bike last night when I noticed a little screw...screwed strait into my rear tire :x I pulled it out and checked it this morning and noticed no change in tire pressure/tire firmness/etc. I'm assuming that it's alright and it didn't actually puncture all the way through. The screw was probably about 1/4" long. What do you guys think?? Does it sound ok?

Also I cut down my back fender last night by mounting the license plate where the top reflecter was and it looks pretty good. so my 2nd question is why would you spend $50 on a fender eliminator kit? isn't it just a piece of metal? Granted that it probably looks a little cleaner...but it seems like it should only be a 5-10$ mod.

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one wekk after i got new tires i found a nail in my tire. i replaced it, it was brand new but i rather be safe than sorry knowing there wasnt a hole in my tire. it was extremely aggravating one week later but at least i have a hoel free tire now.

on the fender trimming...i do agree. i did the same thing and it does look good. its trimmed to where you can see the fender anymore. i just used my dremel and was done it 5 mins. gotta love the dremel
 

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Tobydawg said:
I was washing my bike last night when I noticed a little screw...screwed strait into my rear tire :x I pulled it out and checked it this morning and noticed no change in tire pressure/tire firmness/etc. I'm assuming that it's alright and it didn't actually puncture all the way through. The screw was probably about 1/4" long. What do you guys think?? Does it sound ok?
Depends on how much you trust that the screw didn't go thru or even weaken the tire. It might blow later, or never at all... your risk and your decision. If it were me in your shoes, I would at least find a way to plug the tire just to be sure.

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Also I cut down my back fender last night by mounting the license plate where the top reflecter was and it looks pretty good. so my 2nd question is why would you spend $50 on a fender eliminator kit? isn't it just a piece of metal? Granted that it probably looks a little cleaner...but it seems like it should only be a 5-10$ mod.
Heh, I couldn't agree more. The eliminator kit for my bike is priced at $100, which is totally outrageous in my opinion. I'm probably going to follow the route Ninja Girl took and buy a frame and chop off the fender like you guys did.
 

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http://www.whitehorsepress.com/product.asp?id=tpgk

I just did a quick web search and found that... I would think it's definately overkill for your specific needs. But I've read about a type of rubber cement that dries hard enough that you can drive/ride on it for the life of the tire.

Sorry I don't have much more information than that...
 

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i think competition accessories has a kit to do it. most shops, at least around here, will not plug or patch tires.
 

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**Update**
I just looked at the tire again in broad daylight (just had my garage lights last night) and there is definitely no hole all the way through (and no air leaking) :D
I don't know exactly how thick the tire is but the hole can't be any deeper than 1/8 " . So I'm assuming that I'm cool. Just for safe measure...i'm going to get some sort of tire sealant to fill in the little hole. Does anyone have any recommendation for this?

Thanks to everyone for any help.
 

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One--If the screw was in the tread nad not between them then dab some spit on it...if you see it bubble then it is leaking, if not leave it alone and check your tires like you are suppose to everyday looking at them and I like to adjust mine once a week...

Two--Shaving the fender or removing the panels and taking it out is just as easy...hanging the plate with some plumbers tape (metal with holes in it, is very easy.)
 

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Same thing happened to me but with a nail...it wasn't leaking, but I got a good automotive tire plug and finished off the hole and plugged it just to be safe. I wouldnt want to be leaning on the bike and all of the sudden "poof."

I cut my fender down too. It turned out to be a $17 mod but only for the cost of carbon fiber flush mounts. If you take off the red reflector at the top, there is already one hole that the plate holder will fit through, you just need to drill one on the other side.
 
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