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Finally, use a razor or sharp knife to cut the plug to the same height as the tire surface. If you're dealing with a sidewall gash, skip the reamer and insert plugs until the void is filled for a trail-only repair. Don't cut the plug ends flush in a sidewall repair. For exceptionally large gashes that take more than three or four plugs to fill, use wire and tire glue to sew up the rip, then fill the voids with plugs. Plugs are OK for tire tread, but avoid driving on the street with plugged and/or sewn sidewalls.