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Discussion in 'General Automotive Discussion' started by lotustt, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. lotustt

    lotustt Formula 3

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    Can run flat tires be plugged? I did not think they could but just wanted to make sure. Friend has a screw stuck in one of his runflats.
     
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  3. BigDog

    BigDog Formula 3

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    it depends... some places will plug em

    on my 06 3 series, it came with run flats, dealership told me if u get a puncture you have to replace em...

    conversely, a friend of mine got an 06 3 series from a different dealership, was told that sometimes you can plug em depending on how bad they are...
     
  4. lotustt

    lotustt Formula 3

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    What about adding a standard tube tire instead of a runflat? All the tires are to new to replace all of them. So one would be a tube and the other 2 runflats.
     
  5. BigDog

    BigDog Formula 3

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    I wouldn't chance it

    different tread patterns etc could equate to a nasty situation



    for what its worth, I ditched my run flats and moved to regular tires... I now carry an M-Mobility kit in my trunk in case I ever get a flat...

    the stock wheels will have their runflats removed and tossed... and they will become wheels for snowtires when i move back up to NJ
     
  6. lotustt

    lotustt Formula 3

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    Thanks a lot for your info and thoughts. I understand what you are saying. I was hoping to find the same tire/tread pattern but just as a non runflat. But they probably do not make one in each variety.
     
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  8. 62 250 GTO

    62 250 GTO F1 Veteran

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    Run flats are a waste of money. Buy a can of "tire filler" or whatever it's called and if you get a leak, spray the can into the tire. Why pay a lot more for tires when they will only go a few miles, then need replacing like a normal tire?

    I really don't get it.
     
  9. taber

    taber Formula 3

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    That spray stuff is not only bad for your rims/wheel it's bad for the environment as well.
     
  10. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX F1 World Champ
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    When I had Goodyear run flats on the Vette I had them patched several times, from what I understand other brands don't recomend patching though guys on the Vette forum apparently do it anyway and I don't remember hearing of any problems.
     
  11. dm_n_stuff

    dm_n_stuff Global Moderator
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    MY M3 run flats have been patched and replaced.

    For some reason I've had more flat timres in 2 years with the M3, than in my lifetime.

    5 flats in two years. four patches, two replacements. (I know,doesn't seem to add up. They replaced 2 tires, but on one they tried to patch it first, on one they didn't. (they didn't try to fix the runflat that had a sidewall blow out, imagine that!)

    Bought the tire/wheel insurance from the dealer when I got the car. Best $400 I ever spent. They've fixed a rim, and all the tire problems.

    They did tell me that they will only do one patch/plug. If the tire has a second flat, out it goes. Hence one of my two replacements.

    NEXT TIME, NO RUN FLATS FOR SURE!!

    DM
     
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  13. jknight

    jknight F1 Veteran

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    When we ordered the SLK350, run flats were one option we DID NOT get. You have to watch using the canned "tire filler" - aka Stop Leak, as it is not recommended for Z rated tires. Had a large nail in one of the rears on the SLK and just replaced the tire (Pirelli) - a tad expensive but safer.

    Carol
     
  14. 62 250 GTO

    62 250 GTO F1 Veteran

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    Also if you have a sports car, what's the point of run flats, they draw performance away from the wheel. due to how rigid the tires are. Have you guys ever tried to mount a run flat tire? It's about 10 times harder and a special belt is required to hold on to the damn things. Mounting a run flat tire is very tricky.
     
  15. Boxer12

    Boxer12 Formula 3

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    I think the idea is that if you are running at 150 mph, you are more likely to the curb safely. jm2c
     
  16. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    The one's on the Veryon are speed rated to 268 MPH and can go 200kms flat.
    Seems good to me in a car that you can't fit a jack/spare into. Allows you to get somewhere safe. Also cans don't always work.
     
  17. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX F1 World Champ
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    Mmmm..... not true. The sidewalls are definitely stiffer but it's not that big a thing. I have watched them take them off and put them back on a few times and there was no special belt and it didn't look any different than a regular tire.
     

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