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My dealer is saying they can't fix the tire because dismounting it from the rim
hurts the sidewall and can't be done on run flats. Is this true? They are quoting
$640 for a rear tire, I know tire rack will beat that.
 

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That's a crock of shit!! I've mounted and dismounted run flats numerous times with NO issues at all. And I've even plugged a few of them along the way....again, no issues.
 

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Not true. I had an OEM run flat repaired and it was just fine. The only time that repair is impossible is if the puncture involves the sidewall and not the tread area.
 

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It is bullshit. As long as the sidewall of the rft has not been breached you can plug it like any other tire.

Dealer got me on this too . . . on a rear that had only 600 miles on it. Shop that I had to take my car to to change my tire (bc Nissan couldn't do it, put the new rear in my trunk and told me where to drive with it) took off the tire with a nail in it and asked me what to do with it. I told him to just throw it away. He said it was a perfectly good tire and that a $35 plug would make for a great spare. To saythat I was pissed at that dealer is an understatement.
 

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I just had a rear tire fixed. No issues. Just go to a quality shop with an excellent tire/rim changer so they dont damage the wheel/tire from dismount and mounting. Also make sure they use a patch/plug on the damage.
 

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How about shooting these dealers an email or phone call with a tongue in cheek comment that these tires ARE indeed repairable and thanks for costing you several hundred dollars on a simple $35 dollar fix.

Wow!!!

I've been trolling on this forum for over a year waiting for the right opportunity to make a purchase and these stories are just making me want to RUN RUN RUN. I suppose ALL car dealerships are the same way but a GTR dealers "mistake" seems to cost so much more.

This info needs to be passed onto all the members.

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I talked to tire rack and they said if it wasn't driven on it should be fine. I only drove around my circle and back to my house. Maybe I will retrieve it and plug it myself, I have done that before on other cars.
 

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it depends how fast your going to drive with the repaired tire.. I wouldnt go faster than 130-140mph with repaired tires.. The dealers might just want to be safe because as for the cars potential you wouldnt want to have compromised tires on a GTR...

and there are other scenarios that could happen.. like you might sell the car to someone else and the new owner never knew about the repaired tires.. he goes to do top speed run on them and tire blows up and kill the driver.. lol.. its possible.
 

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^ This may be true but you should not be approaching the original speed rating of the tire on the street anyways. I suppose I can stick to 100mph or so on my .63 mile commute to work. If the tire is to be used at the track, I think it goes without saying that you should not be running on a plug.
 

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Had my rear tire plugged in the center of the tire tread.0 problems! I also had to have all 4 tires remounted on to new mags as my mags were defective from the factory.0 problems. Dont believe all the hype. Just use common sense.
 

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I've been trolling on this forum for over a year waiting for the right opportunity to make a purchase and these stories are just making me want to RUN RUN RUN. I suppose ALL car dealerships are the same way but a GTR dealers "mistake" seems to cost so much more.
No offense but if you think these stories are "Nissan GT-R" stories you're sadly mistaken.....they happen with every make and model....you think there aren't stories like this on every single car forum?
 

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Use a quality tyre shop used to working with RFTs, using excellent equipment like Hunter stuff, and get the tyre repaired using a patch/plug combo. Only do this if the nail is in the center of the tread and not close to the sidewall, etc.
Agree with other comments re: use dedicated tyres/wheels for extended high speed work like drag strip/road course events.
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I had the car put back on a flatbed and brought it back home. I bought an $11 plug kit and fixed it myself, worked great. I pulled out a broken drill bit that went in backwards somehow and caused the flat.

One odd thing is once it showed correct tire pressure on the MFD, it still had a red circle around it and a flat tire warning at the bottom of the screen and under the tach. Took it to my Nissan Dealer and the tech there said it should have reset itself, but he did a free reset and I am good to go.
 

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Dang the dealer I went to really got me then. Within the 1st week of me owning the car I had a flat. They told me if you get more than one tire replaced you have to replace all 4 tires. Just my luck, I got a nail in another tire they told me they can't plug it and I had to replace all 4. Shame on me!
 

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I had a piece of metal get stuck in mine at just over 1000 miles. The Run-flats work fine (40 mile trip at zero pressure)! Anyway, the dealer fixed it. $100; the tire had to come off the rim and be re-mounted, and balance checked.

They also told me that there was some momentary trouble clearing the code, but they got it straightened out...mostly due to the infrequency of GT-R tire repair at the dealership, and their unfamiliarity with clearing tire-codes.

No problem since...no leakage. They did suggest I don't run top speed though.

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Just got a flat in right rear. Looks like middle of the tread, took a nail. Drove 5 miles home, need to drive 10 miles to tire shop, if it was you would you repair or replace. 2012 with 4300 miles.
 

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If you do not track the car on that set of tires and do not drive at ridiculously high speed, plug + patch.
 

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Just got a flat in right rear. Looks like middle of the tread, took a nail. Drove 5 miles home, need to drive 10 miles to tire shop, if it was you would you repair or replace. 2012 with 4300 miles.
Patch...unless you race regularly.

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