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Old 12-07-2017, 11:02 PM   #1
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So my tire needs a plug...

Is there any kind of precautionary measure I could take for not getting my wheel scratched up? I have ZL1 replicas.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:33 PM   #2
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Go to a good shop. Some shops bang the wheels around, or have old equipment that touches the rim as it's mounted or demounted.
Express to them that the wheels are dear to you and you don't want them scratched, can they do that?
Put some blue painters type masking tape, available at almost every large box store, over the outside faces of the wheel and around the lugnut holes.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:13 AM   #3
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I got some of that. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:38 AM   #4
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You want a patch not a plug BTW....also
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:43 AM   #5
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If it's close to the sidewall you will need a new tire.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:45 AM   #6
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If it's close to the sidewall you will need a new tire.
Right in the middle of the tread.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:47 AM   #7
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You want a patch not a plug BTW....also
Ill make sure to ask. Thanks for that tip.

Edit: its a patch. They repair from the inside.
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:12 AM   #8
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Combo Patch Plug installed from inside the tire by Tech with good credentials that does proper prep work and install
... VERY important if you go high-speed on occasion and helps maintain speed rating of tire ;-)
Tire manufacturers recommend this method on high performance tires. Agree with christianchevell to not use just a plug.
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:13 AM   #9
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pffft...get a cheap old style plug kit, don't even have to remove tire..pull screw, ream out hole and shove the plug rope in...trim the excess and love life...

pulling the wheel WILL require re-balance..more $$$. I have done this on my car and many others over the years..done properly will out last the tire...but it's your call OP and your $$$...just givin you a option plus the plug kit can be kept in the car when traveling if it happens again...good luck!
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:33 AM   #10
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pffft...get a cheap old style plug kit, don't even have to remove tire..pull screw, ream out hole and shove the plug rope in...trim the excess and love life...

pulling the wheel WILL require re-balance..more $$$. I have done this on my car and many others over the years..done properly will out last the tire...but it's your call OP and your $$$...just givin you a option plus the plug kit can be kept in the car when traveling if it happens again...good luck!
This maybe is good advice for a grocery getter, or for a temporary repair on a road trip, but not for a performance automobile with high speed rated tires.

Your corner gas station will plug any old tire, but real tire shops refuse to just plug a tire. They always patch from the inside.

Yes, I've had plugs last the life of the tire too, but it's not safe if you go fast.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:55 AM   #11
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The only guarantee is there are no guarantees. If you go to a corporate chain, you're at the mercy of whatever pothead minimum wage worker they have working on your tires that day.

I even had the "manager"at one big tire chain scratch my wheels up during a tire change. Oh, did I mention that I specifically told them and him that I did not want the old weights removed with a sharp tool that would gouge up my rims?

And, what did they do? They used a sharp tool to remove the weights and scratched up my rims. This was on my old Titan. Luckily, with the Camaro I haven't gotten anything in the tires yet.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:56 AM   #12
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Listen to ron123, make sure the use a quill seal just like in that picture. If you use only a plug the tire will still leak after you put some miles on. If you use only a patch small rocks will get in the hole the bolt left and put a hole in the patch.

You need a plug and patch combo (quill seal) to do it right and keep the tires speed rateing. You and your camaro deserve to be safe
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:53 AM   #13
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I fired a lube tech I caught plugging a tire on a GC SRT8. He had plugs hidden in his toolbox. Just laziness. Plugs are ok to get you off the side of the road. No high speed driving. I've only seen plug patches fail from improper prep. As for scratching rims, any manager or foreman would be foolish to let a rookie mount tires on high dollar rims. When they come in, either I assign it to an experienced tech, or do it myself. Low Profile tires can be tricky without experience. If you see a metal duck head on the tire machine.....run.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:14 AM   #14
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plugged tire...drove to cfest plus about 10 or so 1/4's...ZERO leaks...like I said...done properly...and I have complete faith in my skillz...check the sig...peace out...

btw- you want complete safety replace the tire...oh wait gotta replace in pairs..
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