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Looking at the released specs on the Sky RL, I see they list Eagle F1 GS2 tires...

Looking these up online, I find the GS2 is exclusive (for now) to the C6 Corvette and are EMT (runflats).

No mention of EMT in the RL press releases, so they may be bringing out a non-runflat version for us...

Which would be a good thing, given that a 40-series tire like the Vette (RL will be 45 series, which isn't available as of yet) is 300 a piece at Discount Tire:

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findTireDetail.do?cs=245&pc=31590&rd=18&ar=40

Just some food for thought.
 

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Yeah, you're correct. Don't expect runflats.

Tirerack.com has them for $265 also (Covette ones). I don't expect the 245/45 x 18 to be any cheaper though because it's a very odd & stiff (usually high load) tire.
 

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Don't get a flat.

I have run fllats on my BMW Z4. I don't like the runflats. They can not be repaired, even with a little nail. You have to buy new ones at the $300.00 range. Also you really don't know if they go flat unless you have sensors on the wheels. I don't see Saturn putting them on the Redline without the price going thru the roof. PS-I just put a deposit on a Redline today. I'll drive my Sky until the Redlines are available.
 

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skyfan said:
I have run fllats on my BMW Z4. I don't like the runflats. They can not be repaired, even with a little nail. You have to buy new ones at the $300.00 range. Also you really don't know if they go flat unless you have sensors on the wheels. I don't see Saturn putting them on the Redline without the price going thru the roof. PS-I just put a deposit on a Redline today. I'll drive my Sky until the Redlines are available.
If I am driving a performance vehicle, I don't think that I like the idea of driving around on a "fixed" tire. I think that I would like the tire replaced. So, with that in mind:
  1. Can I replace just that one tire?
  2. Do I need to do the whole axel?
  3. Or does the hole set need to be replaced? :eek:
Hmmm, maybe a fixed tire doesn't sound that bad after all.
 

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Don't get a flat.

Several folks in our BMW car club have had a flat on their run flats and just replaced one tire. I don't know if to oposing axel was worn or not so as to require replacing. All I know is I have heard a lot of bitching. I have one ogf my tire with a slow leak.... a few pound a week. I just keeep putting air in it. I can tell you this. I did let the air get low last year and I could not tell it in the handling. The side walls are very stiff. I was driving well over 60 MPH. A light in the dash indicated the tire was low so I stopped and filled it up at the first opportunity. I would just as soon have a softer riding tire that did not cost so much to replace. I have never used the "fix-a-flat" in a can. Does that stuff work?
 

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Fit a what?

skyfan said:
I have never used the "fix-a-flat" in a can. Does that stuff work?
Don't know how well it works for fixing an actual flat - but I tried to use it to stop a slow leak - was told by my local repair shop that was a bad idea - while I did not get all the detals parts of the problem is that the substance itself does not necessarily coat the inner surface evenly which can result in the balance being off and lead to other problems - also there is a charge to clean out and reseal the tires after you use the fix a flat stuff.

As for repairing nail damage - I had a nail hole repaired at a dealer (honda I think it was) and that repair came undone about three days later - I had the same hole repaired by a local shop on the corner and that held until I replaced the tires (they used a very gooey sticky type of plug whereas the dealer most likely used a dry plug with some adhesive applied to it).
 

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One of the local tire shops won't plug anymore. They take the tire off, scuff the area around the hole, and then glue a patch on it.

I keep a few of those tire plugs, along with the tool to install it and the glue in my trunk. I have used it on the side of the road for nail/screws in the tires. I also keep one of those mini aircompressors in the car. Both times that I used it, I was on my way in under ten minutes.

I have also just used the fix a flat made my NAPA, slightly yellow or cream colored in a plastic bottle, comes with hose and tools under the cap. This stuff fixed a flat all buy itself. The problem with this is that you need an air compressor to reinflate the tire. Where as the arresol can type of fix a flat will inflat the tire enough to get you down the road to a air pump.

As far as balance is concerned, that issue bothered me too. I always made it a point to drive my car 10 plus miles after the stuff was in the tire and inflated correctly. I figured that it would spread out and sort of balance the tire by itself. Like those balancing rings that you can put on wheels. Go Here In any event, I can't not recall any balancing issues using these products.

The only time that a "fix a flat" type stuff did not work was when I scraped a granite curb with the side wall. That killed the tire. I happened to have two cans of fix a flat in the car. Between the two cans installed five miles apart, I was able to make it home from work that night at midnight.
 

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Big Ten Tires dismounts the tire and plugs it. Then grinds off the plug on the inside and then puts a patch on the inside. Rebalances the tire and remountsit I haven't had a problem with this method in 20 years and heaven knows that my work entales a lot of nail hole driving. Skip....:lol: :lol: :cool:
 
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