love them, these have 7k on them - figure 10-15k per set of rears. They markedly improve ride comfort because of the tall sidewall, raise the car by 1/2" +/-. Great tire. Highly recommended for street or track. Thanks for the response.
Any tire shop would have no problem repairing this as the puncture is no where near the sidewall. It needs to be at least a minimum of 1 inch from the edge of the tread. But of course there're shops that would like to sell you two new tires. My 2 cents, rustyb
^ A patch goes on the inside of the tire, and covers a wider area across the hole. A plug just gets pushed in from the outside.
If it were me, I'd plug it and call it a day. I have been well over 150MPH on tires with plugs in them on cars and bikes and never had an issue. As long as it is in an easy location like that, just plug it and drive it until the tires wear out. If it were a track car that might be another matter, but for the street no worries at all in my book.
Michelin and Pirelli had some statements that if you used a "plug patch" that was installed inside the tire like a patch, and had a mushroom plug that was placed in the hole, then their tires could even retain their Z speed rating as long as it met these criteria.
If your tire becomes damaged, it may be repaired if it meets the following criteria:
The tire has not been driven on when flat
The damage is only on the tread section of your tire (sidewall damage ruins a tire immediately) and/or
The puncture is no greater than ¼"