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Plug and drive or plug, replace, and use plugged as spare?

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I was lucky and just happened to see a screw stuck in my rear tyre. I sprayed a bit of soapy wooder on it and I can see a tiny stream of bubbles. It's a pretty slow leak, but it's leaking nonetheless. AND the screw is on what would be considered the shoulder of the tyre so getting someone to patch it would be difficult at best.

I've decided I'm just going to use a plug kit and plug it up, but I'm wondering how everyone else has dealt with tyre plugs. Do you usually replace them soon or keep it plugged till it's time for a new set of tyres?

I'm torn cos this set only has about 10k kms on them and they look brand new. My spare is still the factory destination. I've read that I shouldn't patch tyre damage on shoulders or side walls.

My options are plug it and go, plug it and buy two new tyres and put them on one axle and keep the plugged tyre as a spare, or try to get my existing tyre patched professionally.

What are your thoughts?

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It's "iffy" that the screw is in the shoulder unrepairable area. It looks too close for me to call, but a tire shop would know in a heartbeat. Or at least they can confirm by dismounting the tire and having a look inside.

I would not use an "unrepairable" tire even as a spare, but that's just my opinon. I'm not sure you would need two either - depends on the tire wear. Depending on what website you look at, 4/32" is about the limit. With only 10km I wouldn't expect that much wear unless you are unusually rough on your tires!
A man of action!! Rare these days. :)
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Well, that patch job was done almost 2 years ago. I wonder if @mrsamsa can comment how it held up? I won't hold my breath, though, as the post above (April 23 2021) appears to be one of his last posts.
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