5 Stars By The Goat on 2013-11-19
You need to have this with you at all times.
After getting a big nail in my tire of my truck, I tried using my tire plug kit that I had from our car..... fortunately when the handle broke it did not go through my hand.... so a coworker had a kit similar to this (same kit, but a red case) and for the act of having to plug a tire, it was a pleasure to use. As soon as I got home, I ordered this kit.
Since then I have had to use it twice... once on my truck and once as a favor to a neighbor. The handles are great as they are big, beefy, and unlike the other local auto store kits, you will not injure yourself.
The only problem that I have had with my truck is the composition of the tires... they are thick. With that, the reamer that is included works well, but what I use instead is a drill with a drillbit to ream out the hold. On a car tire, that is not necessary, but on a truck (I have a Toyota Tundra) it just makes the job easier.
Besides that, it is a great kit and I take it everywhere I go. My dad also needed a kit and I sent one to him as a gift--- he has used it twice and he also believes it is one of the best kits he has ever owned.
4 Stars By Climbjess on 2017-07-09
Overall is good
I have not used it yet but the built quality of the part for the sealer applicator and tire hole cleaner is good made of aluminum. But the whole product is made in China..... as usual. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality if the product but not the tire pressure gauge which is kinda cheap in terms of materials.
5 Stars By JEEP 4x4 Enthusiast on 2014-07-24
2 Year Update Review
Great kit! These are auto mechanic quality tools, and has just about every accessory needed to repair your tire to include the stem.
I've matched this with an air compressor, and feel comfortable being in very remote areas in my jeep with this combo.
There are no negatives for this product.
The tire repair kit from ARB that I purchased over two years ago has seen usage all across the country. It's saved a three jeep overlanding trip from being cut short TWICE. I've been on Jeep Jamborees and was able to help others with in minutes and kept things on schedule. But most of all I travel solo a lot on backroads, forest roads, and all types of remote places. I'm confident that this kit will do what I need when the time comes.
I replaced the tire plugs after 12 months, but that's me being safer than sorry. The patches were still sticky and would perform. The tools are durable and I see mechanics in tire shops with them all the time. As a matter of fact, most offroaders I see by a large margin use this kit.
I didnt purchase the tire gauge/deflator. But, fellow offroaders have let me use theres many times and it performs great. I have deflators, and a compressor that has a gauge. So dont really need one.
Stop reading... Buy it.
4 Stars By TravelinLight on 2017-11-10
Heavy duty and tough
Very well put together kit. I was able to use one to repair a nail in the tire easily. Great piece of kit to have if you venture off the beaten path. It was faster than changing to my spare.
5 Stars By mattysdaddy on 2017-02-09
You should have one of these in your toolbox!
This kit is as complete as a tire plug kit can be. The only potential negative is that the case is sort of cheap and does not seem durable. The tools are very solid and there is an ample supply of plugs which should last you for years. The air gauge is a nice touch but rather pointless as it seems as cheaply made as the case. Overall, I will not deduct any stars from my review because it is a well though out kit and you may find yourself using part of the kit that you didn't even know you had. Another great product from ARB!
4 Stars By Esteban A. Valle on 2013-11-01
Super strong, solid tools. Would recommend Power Tank kit for casual user.
For a comparison between this kit and the Power Tank kit (which I would recommend over this ARB kit) see the Power Tank KIT-8133 page.
This ARB kit is SOLID. Each tool is incredibly high quality, including the valve core tool and the tire gauge. Even the allen wrenches are high quality. These tools could stand daily abuse in a tire shop, it seems.
The only complaint is that the kit is relatively simple and doesn't include many accessories. I'm not entirely sure what the black tubes that it comes with are, but they are very cheap looking plastic and don't seem very functional.
The only downside (and what looses 1 star) is that the blow molded case is WAY to big. It is gigantic compared to the tools it contains. This whole kit should be at least 1/3 the size. The fact that it is this big now means that I can't find any appropriate space/room for it in my Wrangler JK. It sticks out like a sore thumb and storage space in a Jeep is at a premium to begin with.
If you're the casual 5-10 time/year user or less, then go with the Power Tank kit. It will suit you much better (it also has more accessories) because it is much smaller and lighter. If you're a heavy 1/week user, then buy ARB. You won't regret either decision, though.
5 Stars By TeVans on 2016-08-20
First off this is the best tire repair kit I have ever owned. The quality of ARB is really shown through their products.The tools are all metal and should easily last a lifetime. The price is a little high but considering I have been through 3 of the plastic auto parts store versions I would have been better off just buying these to begin with. The only thing that I think ARB could improve would be to make the case a little more compact. The case included is also made well and keeps the repair kit well organized.
4 Stars By JimD on 2013-06-12
Well made but case is awfully large
I have a car that used to have run flats and wanted to add a plugging kit to my compressor I keep in the trunk. I didn't want to rely on a $5 kit if I ever need to use it - which I haven't. So I purchased this hoping it was well made. It is. The handles are all metal and big enough you can put a reasonable sized hand on them. The cleaner piece is smoother than I expected but maybe that is a good thing. There is a decent little container of lub and a BUNCH of plugs. The case is way more than what I want to carry so I put the two handles, lube, kit of other things (a nice adder, it has parts for the valve stem and other things) and 5 plugs into my air compressor case. My only complaints are that it is a lot more than the cheaper kits and the case could be a lot more compact. I think those things are minor - me being picky. If you want a robust kit, I think this is it.
5 Stars By Brian Mac on 2014-12-13
A must have kit for any vehicle
This is a must have for the off-roader. The first time I used this kit was when I was deflating my tires and somehow the valve fell into the tire and I could keep the air in the tire...anyway, this had some replacement valve cores that screwed right on...I aired up and was on my way. I also used it a few weeks ago on my wife's vehicle. She went to her morning exercise class and was getting ready to head home and found she had a completely flat tire. She called and I was on my way with my repair kit and compressor! Got there and there was a screw in the sidewall of the tire. I pulled it out and used the tools and plugged the hole then aired her up and she was on her way in 10 minutes!
5 Stars By Eric Mestreau on 2017-12-04
Good solid product. beefy tools (unless some of the plastic based versions). Should last a long time.