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How To: Off-Road Trail Tire Repair

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WARNING: This video contains gratuitous images of a tire being drilled to demonstrate Off-Road Trail Tire Repair!

Tire damage sustained while overlanding isn’t a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘when’. No matter where you are or when the puncture happens, being prepared to make an off-road trail tire repair is key to ensuring your overland trek is successful and safe.

We spent an afternoon in the Overland Bound HQ garage reviewing the tools and techniques for creating a field repair that will ensure you make it back to civilization safely! We chose the ARB Speedy Repair Kit for OB #0000 to demo this off-road fix. The ARB kit contains all the tools needed and comes in a compact, easy to store case. You can learn more about the kit HERE.

Have you ever had to make a tire repair on the trail? Let us know your experience and any additional tips and techniques that allowed you to get back on paved roads! Leave a comment below and join the conversation.

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Adventure seeker. Dog wrangler. Writer. Partner in crime to Michael. Bonus-Mom to Miguel and Maresol. Lover of nature and all things outdoors.


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  1. Ahhh, yes….done this many, many, many times. Never in the mountains, never in the forest, always near home getting nails on the road. At one time I had 2 plugs in one back tire, another in the other back tire and one in one of my front tires. Really easy to do, and last. I never replaced the tires because of these, only when it was time, about 30,000 miles! They work!

  2. Michael I want you to know that I'm very impressed with you, I don't know many people that would drill a hole in perfectly good front tire, but you did . You took one for OB crew so the rest of us can learn.   You took one for team !!

    1. I would agree, to a point, I have used plenty of cheap kits, i will say get one with a T handle vs. a screw driver type handle it is much easier on the hands while reaming and plugging. My 2¢

  3. WARNING: This video contains gratuitous images of a tire being drilled to demonstrate Off-Road Trail Tire Repair!

    Tire damage sustained while overlanding isn’t a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘when’. No matter where you are or when the puncture happens, being prepared to make an off-road trail tire repair is key to ensuring your overland trek is successful and safe.

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post.

  4. I have needed to repair a tire,with my kit, a time or two.  Once, driving at night, In Mexico (Never a good idea).  Some bad guys slid boards with many nails in them, across the street.  I ended up with at least 12 punctures in both my steer tires.  Once the bandits rummaged through my stuff, and stole what they wanted, I preceded to get to work.  I put on my spare tire, and plugged the other.   It was tuff going, ant took me a bit of time.  I was finally able to get back on the road.

  5. I have needed to repair a tire,with my kit, a time or two.  Once, driving at night, In Mexico (Never a good idea).  Some bad guys slid boards with many nails in them, across the street.  I ended up with at least 12 punctures in both my steer tires.  Once the bandits rummaged through my stuff, and stole what they wanted, I preceded to get to work.  I put on my spare tire, and plugged the other.   It was tuff going, ant took me a bit of time.  I was finally able to get back on the road.

    That sounds like an entertaining story. One that should be told around a campfire. Glad you made it out okay

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  6. That sounds like an entertaining story. One that should be told around a campfire. Glad you made it out okay

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    I would love to make it to Abu Dhabi to play in the sand dunes.  If this trip makes it on my calendar, will let you know.

  7. I have needed to repair a tire,with my kit, a time or two.  Once, driving at night, In Mexico (Never a good idea).  Some bad guys slid boards with many nails in them, across the street.  I ended up with at least 12 punctures in both my steer tires.  Once the bandits rummaged through my stuff, and stole what they wanted, I preceded to get to work.  I put on my spare tire, and plugged the other.   It was tuff going, ant took me a bit of time.  I was finally able to get back on the road.

    Now that sounds interesting!  I have read that you never drive at night in Mexico, even their visitor site warns against it due to animals, never figure they were referring to 4 legged ones.

  8. Now that sounds interesting!  I have read that you never drive at night in Mexico, even their visitor site warns a gainst it due to animals, never figure they were referring to 4 legged ones.

    Live and learn!  I try to stay on the toll roads now.

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