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Old 07-06-2008, 01:54 AM   #1
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Default Is there a way to patch this? tire repair related question...

Want to get you guys' opinion on this:

I honestly don't think it's that bad and it's mostly cosmetic, but wonder if there is a repair kit available possibly to patch it?

What do you guys think? tire holds air perfectly without any problem.
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:21 AM   #2
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Hard to tell how bad it is from a picture - that being said, significant sidewall damage = tire is done.
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:25 AM   #3
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i don't think anyone will mess with a tire with sidewall damage...

but from that picture, that tire would still be on my car until it was bald...it doesn't look that bad to me
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:37 AM   #4
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Yeah, gouge is very shallow and won't affect drivability at all. Thought there might be a patch kit that I can apply to cover it up.
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:41 AM   #5
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If you didn't cut/ show any belts/cords it can live out it's life on the street.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:49 AM   #6
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It looks like you pinched the rim/bead protector between the rim and the curb?? If it is JUST the actual protector portion that is damaged, you should be just fine running the tire. If the sidewall is compromised, the tire is shot. Look very carefully at the inside of the sidewall in the area just below (towards the road) the damage spot and look for any signs of sidewall damage. It may be a slight color difference (lighter color). Also run your hand along the inside, and your other hand along the outside of the sidewall in that area (both hands over the same part of the tire at the same time. Sometimes you can feel slight differences this way that are difficult to see.
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