Re: [DML] No spare?
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Re: [DML] No spare?



On Jul 26, 2013, at 2:23 PM, DarkStar Media <darkstarmedia@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Often this is because they run run-flat tires....
> 
> Richard
> 
> 
Often, yes.  But, the market is rapidly turning against this technology.  See, e.g.:

http://tinyurl.com/ocxqnk7

As I said in my previous post, I can attest from first hand experience that in this case, public opinion is well-founded.

The problems with run-flats include that they are:
--expensive
--short-lived (often incredibly so)
--rough-riding
--non-repairable
--disposable (must be discarded after a deflation event)
--difficult to find on the road
--short-range (typically 50 miles) when flat

The one time I actually had the pleasure of availing myself of the wonders of run-flats was a deflation along I-40 in deepest Texas.  It did not end well.  Before I was able to limp to the next exit, the tire shredded to uselessness and I ended up being towed anyway.  No place within 200 miles had the tire.  I ended up buying a pair of conventional tires.  When I got home I bought two more and have never looked back.

Increasingly, manufacturers are including electric tire pumps and cans of fix-a-flat rather than run-flats.  They are on the right track.

--Pete Lucas
VIN #06703





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