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Tire Patches - 700 miles at 100+MPH (archive)

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Posted by Ben C(UK) on September 30, 1998 at 19:37:37:

In Reply to: Need Opinions / Experiences- Tire Patches posted by David J. on September 30, 1998 at 15:33:09:

I've got some experience with tyre patches since I managed to put a 4" nail into one of my 2 day old Dunlop SP9000's 3 months ago (Wasn't the Z3 but my Prelude VTEC). This was repaired at a tyre garage using a patch with a plug sticking out of the centre. The patch was glued to the inside of the tyre with the plug pushed out thru the puncture and cut level with the tread.

I've since done two 700 mile trips running on the motorway at 100-120 MPH on average. I think after that, it's safe to say the patch works well enough! :) This method works only on tread punctures, not those on the sidewall.

Personally, I wouldn't trust a plug (with no patch) simply pushed into the hole. Having said that, I believe many people have used simple plugs with no problems.

Z3 2.8 / Prelude VTEC

: Yup-

: Unfortunately I looked out my office window this afternoon and noticed that the passenger-side rear tire was about half its normal profile. Drove gingerly to the nearest tire shop and they proceeded to extract a 1.5" finishing nail out of the tire. (Nicking the rim in the process *&^%$^%#)

: Obviously the only other thing I could do is to lay out the cash for a brand new Pilot, but what I'm wondering is,has anyone had a bad experience with a patch? I was told it's guaranteed for the life of the tire, and the tire only has 9K miles on it...

: Thanks in advance,

: David

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