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Old 02-14-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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Run Flat Tires?

Has anyone found run flat tires that are the standard 20" tires or a little larger for the SS Camaro? What brand and price?

These is construction in this area and you getting flats....4 to 6 times a year.
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Old 03-06-2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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This car is heavy enough. Run flats might require a permit for over weight load.
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:19 PM   #3
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Has anyone found run flat tires that are the standard 20" tires or a little larger for the SS Camaro? What brand and price?

These is construction in this area and you getting flats....4 to 6 times a year.
A lot cheaper to buy a plug kit. Plug it and air it back up with the onboard air compressor and you are on your way.
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Plus you still have to repair the run flat tire. So your 4 to 6 times per year still require the same 4 to 6 repairs.

Also, without air pressure you have a limited speed similar to the compact spare on many cars. Plus they generally ride harder due to the stiffer side wall, are heavier and cost more.

So if you are looking to be able to drive to the gas staion or tire shop for the repairs then they can be a benefit. Otherwise as suggested above, use the inflator kit.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:23 PM   #5
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runflats are goodyear, and i think summotumo makes one too.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:26 PM   #6
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My aunt bought me this kit back in 1991.Its worth its wieght in gold

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Old 03-06-2009, 11:54 PM   #7
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Do NOT ever use the fix-a-flat in a can as it will ruin your tire.

The plugs are great for a temporary repair, but a patch is ESSENTIAL if you plan to be doing high speed driving.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:59 PM   #8
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After the Goodyear run-flats I had on my vette. DON'T GET RUN-FLATS, lol. Horrible performance...the sidewalls have to be soooooooo stiff to be able to work like they do. After I replaced the run-flats the ride was WAY smoother/quieter and all other driving aspects were improved.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:35 AM   #9
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I have to agree... Runflat tires suck.. They are heavy and you can as a driver feel the weight.

Get a small $20 compressor...and 2 dollar plug kit at k mart..


I got a few flats over the years in my Z06 with non runflats and even though I never repaired a tire before...it took me less time to fix the flat than it took me to type this..

then when you got the time you can just roll into any tire shop for an inside patch. 20 bucks and your good as new..

Try and find a shop to repair or even mount a runflat and it can be a pain in the @ss.

The extra cost of runflats are not worth it...but the loss in handling and ride..(hit a bump mid corner in a runflat tire car and it jumps sideways.. Do the same corner with regular NON runflat tires in the same car and the tires stay in contract with the road)

That feature alone is why I cant wait to dump the runflats on my new vette when they wear out..

Runflat cost on the vette? over 15oo
NON RUNFLAT TIRE cost? 871

I'd spend the money if runflats weren't such a handling compromise.. (mid corner bump story above) because the idea sounds good..but..in reality it sucks...

Real world Handling and ride loss
Extra unsprung weight ? at least 25 lbs.. which is a lot..
EXTRA COST TO REPAIR RUNFLATS, mount them, and buy them..


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Old 03-12-2009, 02:18 PM   #10
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Plus you still have to repair the run flat tire. So your 4 to 6 times per year still require the same 4 to 6 repairs.

Also, without air pressure you have a limited speed similar to the compact spare on many cars. Plus they generally ride harder due to the stiffer side wall, are heavier and cost more.

So if you are looking to be able to drive to the gas staion or tire shop for the repairs then they can be a benefit. Otherwise as suggested above, use the inflator kit.
Not to mention they don't grip as well!
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:33 PM   #11
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...Get a small $20 compressor...and 2 dollar plug kit at k mart...
the SS comes with a compressor
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:45 PM   #12
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Tire Jack

I planned to change my 2LT order to a 2SS, but the fact that there's no spare tire, leaves me a little uneasy. I know I can carry a tire patch kit or call onstar (I won't use fix-a-flat). So if I decide to fix the flat myself, does it at least come with a tire jack. I know you can plug a flat tire while its on the car, but if I'm wearing good clothes, I don't want to be crawling around to fix it. Can anyone tell me if you at least get a tire jack so you can take it off to work on the tire? Thanks
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #13
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I planned to change my 2LT order to a 2SS, but the fact that there's no spare tire, leaves me a little uneasy. I know I can carry a tire patch kit or call onstar (I won't use fix-a-flat). So if I decide to fix the flat myself, does it at least come with a tire jack. I know you can plug a flat tire while its on the car, but if I'm wearing good clothes, I don't want to be crawling around to fix it. Can anyone tell me if you at least get a tire jack so you can take it off to work on the tire? Thanks
No Jack!!! Just a can of fix-a-flat and an air pump. No lug wrench either. Not sure about everywhere but with my car insurance, adding roadside assistance was very cheap and you have it with the car for a year I think. I would rather be late and clean than late and dirty!!
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No Jack!!! Just a can of fix-a-flat and an air pump. No lug wrench either. Not sure about everywhere but with my car insurance, adding roadside assistance was very cheap and you have it with the car for a year I think. I would rather be late and clean than late and dirty!!
Well, I'm guess I can at least cram some overalls under the seat! I'll have Obama to make them add a tire jack package
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