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nosmoke 06-22-2011 02:24 PM

I've never had run-flats before. Once the tires need replacing, can I just go with a non-run-flat tire? I guess if there's no spare or donut, I'll have to buy one. I hope there's space for it.

I wish there was an option to get regular tires that weren't so expensive.

Schleprock 06-22-2011 02:27 PM

Re: Run-Flats
they are run flats because there is no where to stow a spare. You do not have to buy run flats again, but you'll need to carry fix a flat and hope you do not get a catastrophic blow out that fix a flat won't handle.

Scottina06 06-22-2011 03:01 PM

Re: Run-Flats
MOST of the current SRT guys dont go back to the runflats

BuckeyeSRT 06-22-2011 03:05 PM

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I didn't either when I had an '03 Mini Copper S.
Can of fix a flat and a prayer :)

jgc4ever 06-22-2011 03:20 PM

Re: Run-Flats
Does fix a flat end up wrecking the tire it's used on?

I've never had run flats. Anything bad about run flats?

Scottina06 06-22-2011 03:32 PM

Re: Run-Flats
the sidewalls are usually stiffer from the reinforcement...

You can drive up to 50 miles on a completely flat tire

not sure about the fix a flat

mjw930 06-22-2011 03:39 PM

Re: Run-Flats

Originally Posted by jgc4ever (Post 435858)
Does fix a flat end up wrecking the tire it's used on?

I've never had run flats. Anything bad about run flats?

Yes and a lot. Flat fix makes a mess of the tire and rim, it can be cleaned off the rim but it's hard to get the inside of the tire clean since it bonds to the rubber.

Runflat's are a compromise, they have sidewall structures stiff enough to hold up the vehicle without air. That means the rest of the tire needs to be designed to accommodate that while still performing. There's no free ride, you lose performance and comfort with a runflat design.

As for a spare, does anyone know if they put anything in the spare well that would prevent you from adding your own spare? I understand that with the Brembo's the 18" steel spare won't work but an aftermarket 20" x 8" wheel or a takeoff 20 x 8" with a 265/50-20 tire should fit around the Brembos and fit in the spare well.

Scottina06 06-22-2011 04:10 PM

Re: Run-Flats
the 20" fitted overlands have 18" spares I believe

jeep2011 06-22-2011 04:10 PM

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I agree I won't be choosing a run flat when I replace if I keep it that long. They do make it ride worse and the cost a fortune to replace. I had 17" run flats on my 08 Mini and they were around $450 each. I can't imagine what the 20" one would be. Of course I have never had a flat in my 15 years of driving....**nock on wood** so I have no need for a spare. I have only used a spare once and I buried it in the sand on the beach to pull myself out.

nosmoke 06-22-2011 06:11 PM

Re: Run-Flats
Can a run-flat be patched like a normal tire?

To me, this is a real issue, not having a donut tire, when I eventually switch over.

Robert Palmer 06-22-2011 06:28 PM

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Yes they can be patched.

I have a set of non runflats now and to be honest with you, the outstanding ride quality I have now is worth taking the chance of being stranded with a flat. LOL

ENFORCER 06-23-2011 07:43 AM

Re: Run-Flats
I bet they put the 10" sub or some other speakers in the spare tyre spot.
Good to hear that you can replace the RF tyres with normal ones.

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