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Old 12-13-2010, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default Star Spec Z1, bolt puncture!!! Luke, you out there?

Let me start off with a ! I was driving home and some idiot with a box of bolts left his talkgate open....well it fell out of his truck and you know the rest. So I purchased my tires from Luke/tire rack back on 3-09-2010...these are still in very good condition (minus the one with the 5 inch bolt in it!). What should I do? Can I purchase 1 only or do I need 2? This makes me super mad!
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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The bolt actually went thru the tire, and hit the inside of the rim...and made a small dent on the bottom inside of the rim!
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:26 PM   #3
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How much tread wear? You might even need to replace all 4 depending on that.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:38 PM   #4
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best bet is to purchase a single starspec and ask luke to have it shaved down to the same tread depth as the other 3 tires.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys! I'll have to check the tread wear when I get home. Should I check all 4 tires or just the damaged one?
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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All of em. They have to be within 2/32" in wear.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:47 PM   #7
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Ok, I will report back my findings. Can I use a simple ruler?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:44 PM   #8
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buy a tread depth gauge. It's worth owning and should be <$10.
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:20 PM   #9
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buy a tread depth gauge. It's worth owning and should be <$10.
Gotcha, thanks!
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:54 AM   #10
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best bet is to purchase a single starspec and ask luke to have it shaved down to the same tread depth as the other 3 tires.

I agreed with this response





http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=119

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Old 12-14-2010, 01:43 PM   #11
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Can't you patch it?



Alternatively, buy 1 and have TR shave it to the correct depth.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:48 PM   #12
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If the hole isn't MASSIVE in diameter, and its not on the sidewall, I vote for plugging the tire.

Otherwise, new tire + shaved, like they said ^^.
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Ok so I got a depth gauge. Idk if it can be plugged I'll have to ask. The bolt that was in it was about the size of a pencil, is that pluggable?

Luke, your numbers aren't working. Can you Pm or email me back? I sent you an email Saturday or Sunday.
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Ok so I got a depth gauge. Idk if it can be plugged I'll have to ask. The bolt that was in it was about the size of a pencil, is that pluggable?

Luke, your numbers aren't working. Can you Pm or email me back? I sent you an email Saturday or Sunday.
phones working fine ... just real busy I'll try to give you a call
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Ok so I got a depth gauge. Idk if it can be plugged I'll have to ask. The bolt that was in it was about the size of a pencil, is that pluggable?

Luke, your numbers aren't working. Can you Pm or email me back? I sent you an email Saturday or Sunday.
Get a patch. No more than $20. Take the tire to you nearest repair shop. They'll do it on the spot.

All this back and forth and you haven't even tried to have it patched or plugged yet?
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The bolt that was in it was about the size of a pencil, is that pluggable?
Yes. Unless it's within an inch or so of the side wall.
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phones working fine ... just real busy I'll try to give you a call
I understand, Thanks for the call Luke!

So it was pluggable after all!!!! He said from the inside it wasn't that bad just looked like it from the outside. It dos still hit the rim which sucks but it's a small
Spot. Thanks for all the help guys!!!
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I understand, Thanks for the call Luke!

So it was pluggable after all!!!! He said from the inside it wasn't that bad just looked like it from the outside. It dos still hit the rim which sucks but it's a small
Spot. Thanks for all the help guys!!!
Don't plug, patch. For the 5th time.
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Thats what i meant!! lol. They used a patch with a plug that goes through too! Oh and it didn't go thru to the rim, crud was just caked on there so it looked like it went through...needless to say this turned out pretty good!
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Don't plug, patch. For the 5th time.
Lol... Why is patching so much better? Are plugs more prone to leakage?

To avoid dismounting a tire, I plugged one last year....never had a problem with it afterward.
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Lol... Why is patching so much better? Are plugs more prone to leakage?

To avoid dismounting a tire, I plugged one last year....never had a problem with it afterward.
Patches are worlds better, safer too (much less likely to leak, rip out, etc.). Especially is this guy is competing (track of autox) on those Star Specs.



That being said, I plug most of my tires, for the same reasons as you.

This guy wasn't a DIYer though. So if it's at the tire shop anyway, pay the $10 or so more dollars to patch the sucker.
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I plan to auto X next season, hopefully! And they did it for free so it worked out great! I didn't have time to do it myself, otherwise I would've. Thanks for the suggestions too!
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If the hole isn't MASSIVE in diameter, and its not on the sidewall, I vote for plugging the tire.
And this is why you don't work at a tire shop. Plugs are temporary fixes and always fail. You are also not to exceed certain speed limitations with them.

Patches are good for the life of the tire because it blocks the hole from the inside.
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And this is why you don't work at a tire shop. Plugs are temporary fixes and always fail. You are also not to exceed certain speed limitations with them.

Patches are good for the life of the tire because it blocks the hole from the inside.
You're right, I do not work for a tire shop. If I did, I'd dismount the tire and patch it. I have little free time during the week, so a plug fit the bill in my case. It served me fine for over 10k miles and 100+ mph. (At which point I got new tires, simply because those were worn out.)

I understand that plugs are far from ideal. ...but they're more convenient and cheaper. Why not plug it until one can find time to get it patched?

Can you define "certain speed limitations?"
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