WHAT IT IS: FRI AIRPLUGGER TIRE REPAIR TOOL
The Fri Airplugger tire repair tool has a compact, corrosion-resistant, anodized-aluminum case that holds the auger-type puncture-hole cleaning bit, the plug-insertion needle and five included plug strips. The screw-apart case becomes the handle for the hole-cleaning bit and the plug-insertion needle. The kit is $10, about half the price of common tire-plug kits, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. The Fri Airplugger doesn’t come with CO2 cartridges to reinflate the tire, but most UTVers carry a small compressor.
The Fri Airplugger is used like many tire-plug kits—with an auger-like tool to clear debris from the puncture hole in the tire and another to insert the tire-plug strip into the tire. Part of the plug is left inside the tire and some excess is left outside, then trimmed leaving about a quarter-inch of the strip ends outside the tire. As with other kits, you use your own pliers or screwdriver to remove nails or screws still stuck in the tire.
On the Fri Airplugger, every part is much more sturdy and well-designed than on most kits we’ve used. The two pieces of the case screw together to become a large, easy-to-grip T-handle with a knurled surface for the puncture-hole cleaning bit or the plug-insertion needle. The precisely shaped parts lock the bits into the handle so you can comfortably use all the force you need to clear the puncture and install the plug strip. In an effort to make them compact, the tools that come with many plug kits have small plastic handles that can be uncomfortable or hard to use. Some seem barely strong enough to repair a sturdy tire, and most UTV, truck and trailer tires are pretty tough.
The Fri Airplugger’s secure, comfortable T-handle grip makes clearing the puncture and properly installing the plug strip much easier than tools with small plastic handles. It’s also more compact than most plug kits once it’s disassembled and packed up. The price is great, and it’s guaranteed for life. We like it.
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