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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-04-2018, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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No, I didn't get a flat....I was wondering how many of you have given any thought as to what you would do if you have a flat. I had planned to get the compact spare but didn't, and so far have not been able to get the part numbers for the pieces needed to add one to my Stelvio. I do have the inflator, but the few times I have gotten a flat in the past, the damage was such that the goo would not have repaired it, and the tire needed to be replaced. Although I assume the dealer would stock replacement tires, I have checked with several tire places, and they do not have replacement tires in stock. (I have a Ti Sport with non run flats). Getting a tire would take from 1 to 5 days.

So do I:

A). Continue to try to get compact spare parts...

B). Buy a full size tire and rim. ( 20" rim)

C). Do nothing and hope the inflator works.


Your thoughts? What is your plan?

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My plan is to do nothing and hope the inflator works - not sure it's a great plan, but I'm lazy. I thought they all had run flat tires - that's not the case?
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Hope the inflator works. Call roadside if needed.

I wouldn’t want to change a tire with lug bolts on the side of a highway and any time I get a flat I’m already losing the rest of the day even if I have a spare.

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My plan is to do nothing and hope the inflator works - not sure it's a great plan, but I'm lazy. I thought they all had run flat tires - that's not the case?
I suggest you check - mine does not have runflats, and when I asked at the dealer, they said not all have them.

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I suggest you check - mine does not have runflats, and when I asked at the dealer, they said not all have them.

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When we purchased, we were told the 19" wheels with the round opening theme are run flats. For the other wheel styles, standard tires are used (not run flat) so we intentionally opted for the 20" wheels to provide more options and more economical replacement when it came time for replacements since we intend to keep the car and I will want to source tires locally.


Correct me if I'm wrong but: Run flats, when punctured or damaged, must be replaced (can't be plugged) and they are much more expensive/can't shop competitively the same way.

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tire inflator. It would seem lots of cars use this system.

I think someone on here looked at the cost of ordered the compact spare and it was some obscene amount of money.

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When we purchased, we were told the 19" wheels with the round opening theme are run flats. For the other wheel styles, standard tires are used (not run flat) so we intentionally opted for the 20" wheels to provide more options and more economical replacement when it came time for replacements since we intend to keep the car and I will want to source tires locally.


Correct me if I'm wrong but: Run flats, when punctured or damaged, must be replaced (can't be plugged) and they are much more expensive/can't shop competitively the same way.
Interesting as I was told by the dealer there was a mix and it didn't matter what the size was. I wanted non run flats as non run flats usually give a better ride due to thinner sidewall and lower weight.

Typically run flats have to be replaced due to heat damage to the tire resulting from driving with no air in them. When I priced replacement tires, the run flats were actually cheaper than the same non run flat tire. The big tire places can get both run flats and non run flats.

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Run Flats may solve one problem but create another. They are heavy and handle like cra!! The spare is the slickest solution I have had yet. If you are in a metropolitan area, just call. If you go to no man's land as I do, have a spare.

BTW a runflat with a nail in tread is repairable only if the flat tire was immediately detected and you did not drive on it. After you drive an RFT 50 miles you would de3finitely not want to repair it.

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"only if the flat was immediately detected"

that's pretty much it - but a typical puncture in the tread is a slow leak and your dash will tell you when it is low - well before it is out of air.
if you have an inflator, keep it filled until you can get to a tire shop, get a plug and you are good.
keep a plug kit in your trunk and you are set.
I've had run flats on a bmw for ten years, and was leary at first. now I think they are a good thing.
no, they don't handle like crap - maybe not the best choice for fastest lap, but fine for real driving.

a spare is a good (best) thing to have - but just because a run flat can get you somewhere is no reason to destroy it unnecessarily.
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When we purchased, we were told the 19" wheels with the round opening theme are run flats. For the other wheel styles, standard tires are used (not run flat) so we intentionally opted for the 20" wheels to provide more options and more economical replacement when it came time for replacements since we intend to keep the car and I will want to source tires locally.


Correct me if I'm wrong but: Run flats, when punctured or damaged, must be replaced (can't be plugged) and they are much more expensive/can't shop competitively the same way.
We have 19" with the round opening and ours are not run flats. Our salesman told us that all Stelvios have run flats, which is not true.
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