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I had a nail in one of my rear tires. It was about an inch from the sidwall so they just put a plug in. I think I need to get a new tire due to occasional HPDE and Autocross.

The tire is a Star spec 245/40 with only about 3000 miles and a single hpde event. i am guessing there is 85% tread left.

I have an LSD and I wonder if slightly different diameters will be an issue. Id much rather buy a single tire than a pair if possible.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts,
Aaron
 

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Get a shop to remove the tyre, put a proper patch on the inside, replace and balance and you're good to go.
 

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They said it was too close to the sidewall to patch (bout an inch). Also, is a patch even safe for HPDE? THe internet wisdom varies on that.
 

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If it's in the tread area, it can be patched. If it's in the sidewall, it needs to be thrown out. A plug won't hold for long. The sidewall flexes too much.

Could always throw a tube in vs chucking the tire I guess. Never have run one in a radial tire though, not sure if you can even?
 

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If you do have to replace the tire, you can have the other side measured, and have the new one shaved to match. No need to buy two if one has a lot of meat left.
 

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They said it was too close to the sidewall to patch (bout an inch). Also, is a patch even safe for HPDE? THe internet wisdom varies on that.
Find another shop, (a non chain discount type tire shop) I just had a near new AD08 with a nail 1" from the sidewall patched, Shame to see a perfectly good tire go down because someone wants to sell you a new tire, or in your case two new tires.
 

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The 2 times I repaired a tire that had a puncture near the sidewall (I used to do tires for a living), it didn't last very long.

That last one was this summer on my trailer. Blew the tire when I was hauling about 18,000lbs of topsoil. Tire flew apart, ripped out some wiring and screwed up a ladies hood and windshield (she was tailgating me). Destroyed the wheel too. Check out the squish on the other tire. E rated, 80psi.

 

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Thanx guys i dont think i am going to risk driving hpde on the tire. I am more concerned about if i need to buy a single or a pair at this point.
Thks
Aaron

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just incountered same thing-- 1 1/2 from side on rear -- put a plug inside to out , then patch over - not tracking car at this time - inside tire cleaned well, heat dryed then install plug & patch- new stock 07's are up to 350 plus on tire rack for rears -- not a racer so never shaved a tire, know its more common in racing maybe but with some research came to conclusion that there are few good shops that do it & they can sometimes end up with a slick getting tire evenly balanced middle to outside - but if racing i'm sure I would opt for 2 new tires for peace of mind - or shave new tire to match other
 

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put a plug inside to out , then patch over -
There are patch/plug items available, and I consider that superior to a separate patch and plug.
 

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