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    Switching from runflats

    As my runflats are approaching near balding, im thinking about going with non runflat tires as i hear they perform better in pretty much every category. Lighter, cheaper, better handling, better traction etc. This may be a dumb question, but if u do a decent amount of driving on ur C5, well what do u do if u get a flat? carry a spare with a jack?? Or might it just be in my best interest to get runflats again.

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    I have AAA. so if I have any tire issues I call for a tow on a flat bed.

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    Screw the run-flats! I carry a powered pump with me in my vettes. Better performance all around. Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C6 Z06 View Post
    Screw the run-flats! I carry a powered pump with me in my vettes. Better performance all around. Go for it!
    Me too, along with a tire repair kit. I have put 30k on my Kumho's with no issues, including flat tires.

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    yeah I run non runflats, just carry a plug kit and a small pump. odds are you won't have to use it.

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    I also carry a tire plugging kit and a small 12 volt compressor to use with my
    Kuhmo run flats,since they're only rated for 50 miles at speeds below 50 mph with no air pressure.

    My next set of tires will also not be run flats.

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    does it mess with the computer if you yank the run flats...doesn't the computer sense what kinda air pressure is in the tire...or doesn't it matter if it's run flat or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    does it mess with the computer if you yank the run flats...doesn't the computer sense what kinda air pressure is in the tire...or doesn't it matter if it's run flat or not?

    I have never had a problem. I have even run without the sensors and no problems on my C5's or C6's. I also have run at the track with no sensors up front and none on back. Same result.

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    the air pressure is the same doesn't matter what kind of tire. Just how much air you put in them. My sensors work great.

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    i have a replacement set of the eagle f1s (which are almost bald) on my car, do u know how far i can drive those on empty before its clobbering time? I was told around 250-300 miles under 55 mph but now im having doubts. Also, as far as a tire patch kit and small pump, any of you guys have links for high performance tires (i dont wanna just by any ol' tire patch kit). Next question, if i switch away from runflats, which tires would you guys suggest?
    I was looking at the toyo proxes, not just because theyre pretty affordable and i wont feel too bad going through lots of them, but ive been told by some theyre nice, by others, they are way too soft.

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    I forgot to mention that plugging the tire is only for a temporary repair that allows you to drive with the tire inflated until you have a permanent repair made.The heat from flexing that's generated, while running flat, ruins the runflat tire,making it unrepairable.The recommended repair for any radial tire is to patch it on the inside liner.

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    the plug is just temporary, whenever you can get it patched and it doesn't really matter what brand of patch, I do it myself, but I'm a salty dog when it comes to working with tires, (Have a 4000 acre cucumber farm and a tire machine) I got some nitto 555 from discounttire.com they have good prices and a good selection, there is also tirerack.com its a good site aswell. Or just go to a tire shop and get a quote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntsSilverC5 View Post
    As my runflats are approaching near balding, im thinking about going with non runflat tires as i hear they perform better in pretty much every category. Lighter, cheaper, better handling, better traction etc. This may be a dumb question, but if u do a decent amount of driving on ur C5, well what do u do if u get a flat? carry a spare with a jack?? Or might it just be in my best interest to get runflats again.
    Ditch em and carry a cell phone!
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    You can check here for brands and specs that the Tire Rack carries.

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Compar...Y&RunFlat=None
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    Ditto most comments above.

    I bought a ZO6 tire repair kit (you can get something much cheaper at AUTOZONE or something) and I carry a cell phone. The run flats are great for their purpose, but I wanted performance, traction and over all better tire options. I have made cross-country trips and numerous trips to and from Jacksonville, FL and never had a problem, but the security of the repair kit does keep piece of mind.

    Micah

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    I ditched my run craps on my '01 and went with the Eagle F1 GS-D3.. much quieter and better ride.... also bought a Continental tire inflator kit from there ($79) which has a sealant that is safe to use with the sensors.. and an air pump

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