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Username Post: Non run flat tires        (Topic#206851)
1965C-10 
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01-07-09 10:49 PM - Post#1601882    

I've been thinking of getting some things just in case of a flat tire on the Corvette.

I'm not to enthused about fix-a-flat or slime as that may damage the tire pressure sensors.

Also a friend had a fix-a-flat start leaking in his van and smelled it up like solvent smell.

I'm thinking a T handle thing you rough up the hole with and some plugs, a razor blade to cut the plug even with the tire, and either a bicycle pump, or 12volt air pump if it would have enough power to air up a flat tire.

Do any of you have something?

The run flat tires sure are expensive!





 




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01-08-09 05:48 PM - Post#1602410    
    In response to 1965C-10

I'VE USED SHEET METAL SCREWS WITH PERMATEX A FEW TIMES TO GET HOME.

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01-09-09 06:57 PM - Post#1603253    
    In response to 1965C-10

First.. I understand your safety/emergency concern.

The runflat tires have a purpose - but on a Corvette it makes me laugh - because they degrade the handling too severely for them to be used in this application. They should keep them on minivans!

You can purchase a tire plug kit at any of the auto supply stores - but let me warn you - on a speed rated tire such as the Corvette's - the use of a tire plug will ELIMINATE the speed rating of the tire.

More often than not - the use of a plug DOES MORE DAMAGE to the tire - than the object that caused the flat. So, if you plug it - the tire should be replaced ASAP.

The proper method of fixing one of thess tires is to:
- identify the problem area
- demount the tire
- properly clean the inside of the tire
- buff the area for the patch
- install patch

If the hole is large enough - it should be filled with Tire mending AB compound - to keep it watertight - otherwise, water will enter the tread area (under the tread) and cause a corrosion problem with the steel belts - thus leading to a tire failure.

Now, if you do not want to follow all of these recommendations - please be advised that this is the official repair procedures recommended by Michelin for all of their tires - anything less than this - will lead to tire failure.

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01-09-09 07:29 PM - Post#1603291    
    In response to bowtieollie

Ollie is right. Besides, you'll only need the "flat fix" to put enought air in the tire to get you home or to the tire store for repair/replacement. The best thing I ever did to my C5 was remove those damn run-flats and replace them with Michelin Pilots, or your choice of performence tires!!!

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01-11-09 12:24 PM - Post#1604418    
    In response to bowtieollie

So, maybe the best bet is just call a flatbed tow truck and have the car towed to a tire shop for the repair?

I've never had a flat on this car, just "thinking" what it would be like if it happened.



 
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01-12-09 06:35 AM - Post#1605044    
    In response to 1965C-10

How about packing a small air compressor.
You can fill the tire to get you to a shop before the tire is ruined.... and it sure is cheaper than waiting for the flatbed.

I carry a compressor..... funny thing is - since I have it - I never had to use it!

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01-12-09 10:02 AM - Post#1605196    
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Is that one that plugs into the cigarette lighter?



 
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01-12-09 06:02 PM - Post#1605465    
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Run-flat tires can substantially affect ride comfort and the durability of some vehicle components in real-world driving. Suspension parts, most notably. Ideally, a vehicle's structure and suspension components should be designed for the very different nature and characteristics of run-flat tires, and vice-versa.
I'll keep my runflats for safty reason, I dont want to be on the side of the interstate changing a flat on a Corvette that has no spare, tiretool or jack.

Corvette Action Center on runflats

http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/c5-tech...
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Edited by SeGap on 01-12-09 06:05 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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03-30-13 01:27 AM - Post#2330932    
    In response to SeGap

The runflats on the vettes got a bad rap not because they were runflats, they were Goodyear Eagle runflats. Those have to be the noisest, stiffest worst riding tires of all time. I've had Kuhmo runflats and now PS2 runflats and there is a world of difference. I'd put these Michelin runflats up against any non run flat tire anytime, anywhere, and at any speed. These things are sticky, quiet and awsome.

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01-14-14 09:41 PM - Post#2416831    
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  • o2bnkc Said:
The runflats on the vettes got a bad rap not because they were runflats, they were Goodyear Eagle runflats. Those have to be the noisest, stiffest worst riding tires of all time. I've had Kuhmo runflats and now PS2 runflats and there is a world of difference. I'd put these Michelin runflats up against any non run flat tire anytime, anywhere, and at any speed. These things are sticky, quiet and awsome.




Couldn't agree more. The Goodyears were horrific!

Also, I might add Bridgestone makes a terrible run flat. Just lookup Autoweek reviews on 5 series BMW's and you'll know what I mean.

Michelins are the way to go, period. That goes for Run-flat or non-run flat.



 
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11-25-14 10:09 AM - Post#2501443    
    In response to Charlie5280

I totally agree.. michelins are definitely the way to go. i took mine off at 15k miles. and never regreted it one bit.a much better ride.
john



 




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