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Gamera The Atomic Turtle
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My Star Spec needs a plug?
 

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Gamera The Atomic Turtle
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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.
 

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** The Enforcer **
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A plug is to get around until your new tire arrives. I would never trust one on a performance car.

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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
 

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Patch is much safer than a plug. New tire is much safer than a patch.

After saying that, I have used many plugs and patches in my day and never had any issues.
 

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I put Michelin pilot super sports on my daily driver (prior to that I had the star specs which I hated)..... The first day the tires were on my car I hit a screw in a similar position.

Been approx 14k miles and zero issues.....

That being said.... What is the difference between a plug and a patch?
 

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^ 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.
 

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Gamera The Atomic Turtle
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thanks guys.
 

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Back in my poor high school days I probably had a plug or two in most of my tires. Donuts, powerbrake smoke shows, off road rallies..... I never had a single one fail.
 

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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"
 

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Gamera The Atomic Turtle
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got it plugged for $10 at my local shop! Next year, new tires on all 4 wheels.
 

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got it plugged for $10 at my local shop! Next year, new tires on all 4 wheels.
Your tires will last longer if you stop off-roading. What's up with your rear clam?

San
 
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