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      01-27-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Non RFT - I'm prepared!

Been riding on non rft for almost half a year, obviously...no spare tire, no kit, nothing in the trunk.

Figured that's probably the stupidest thing I've done and you just never know what could happen. Finally went on amazon and ordered some stuff.



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Been riding on non rft for almost half a year, obviously...no spare tire, no kit, nothing in the trunk.

Figured that's probably the stupidest thing I've done and you just never know what could happen. Finally went on amazon and ordered some stuff.


Good call. I will NEVER understand the rationale behind RFT. I carried a compressor and can of whooooosh to stop leak. Worked great. Will NEVER use RFT again.
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Good call. I will NEVER understand the rationale behind RFT. I carried a compressor and can of whooooosh to stop leak. Worked great. Will NEVER use RFT again.

Where do you usually store your compressor and can? I actually put the whole kit and other stuff UNDER the trunk floor where they give you that hidden compartment. Fits stuff perfectly in there.
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I thought about gettin that kit but what if the tire blows up, I have AAA but what if u r far away from home. I hate having that spare in trunk using up that space.
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Good call. I will NEVER understand the rationale behind RFT. I carried a compressor and can of whooooosh to stop leak. Worked great. Will NEVER use RFT again.

Where do you usually store your compressor and can? I actually put the whole kit and other stuff UNDER the trunk floor where they give you that hidden compartment. Fits stuff perfectly in there.
Same here fits perfectly for me as well
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I thought one never should use that slimy stop leak stuff....makes a mess inside the tire and rim.
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I thought one never should use that slimy stop leak stuff....makes a mess inside the tire and rim.
I heard that too John but I used it a few times on one tire and never heard a word from the guy that replaced my cracked wheel.
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Where do you usually store your compressor and can? I actually put the whole kit and other stuff UNDER the trunk floor where they give you that hidden compartment. Fits stuff perfectly in there.
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I thought about gettin that kit but what if the tire blows up, I have AAA but what if u r far away from home. I hate having that spare in trunk using up that space.
Tires never "blow up" any more. Would be worse in a small town 200 miles from big city with a flat RFT. Would take days to get a replacement.
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I thought one never should use that slimy stop leak stuff....makes a mess inside the tire and rim.
Yeah, that's what I thought. That stop-leak stuff may trash my $260 tire???

I would go with traditional "tire repair kit" that comes with plugger. See the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-G...lug+repair+kit

It's safer that way.
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Yeah, that's what I thought. That stop-leak stuff may trash my $260 tire???

I would go with traditional "tire repair kit" that comes with plugger. See the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-G...lug+repair+kit

It's safer that way.
There is nothing wrong with that stuff I've used it. Plug kit is perfect when you get home. Try using that in the dark at night.
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I thought one never should use that slimy stop leak stuff....makes a mess inside the tire and rim.
It not only makes a mess it ruins the tire. A tire shop will not repair a tire that has been filled with slime
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Good call. I will NEVER understand the rationale behind RFT. I carried a compressor and can of whooooosh to stop leak. Worked great. Will NEVER use RFT again.
What are you saying, do you know why run flat tires where made? No not because you can drive on a flat for --miles. its because you never know when you'll get a flat. you may be going 80mph, 40 20 or find out the next day. a tire that cannot support it self when having 0PSI is pretty much like driving on a rim with some rubber underneath it. which is...dangerous. you have alot more control when steering on a flat runflat tire. getting a run flat at 80mph vs a non rft, it could save a life. It also shaves so weight rather then carrying a spare/tools. A women who wouldnt know how to change a tire would never need to. if she has a flat, she can drive to the nearest shop without damaging her wheel.

its a much safer tire. its more expensive, weights more then a non-rft, and for many causes a rough ride. i dont think it was that bad when i had my rft. I dont run rft right now, but i can totally see why people would want a rft.
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Just curious here but how often do you all get flat tires? I've been driving my Bimmer for over 8 months now (15k miles) and so far so good. I haven't even thought about bringing a spare tire or repair kit. I figure my pops or a relative would come help me out if I had one.
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I had a complete blow off on a pot-hole shortly after switching to non-RFT. Was a major PITA. I had to spend the day to get the car on jack stands on the public street, get the wheel to a tire shop and reinstall when night was coming.

Since then no problems in 3 years, but I got myself AAA just in case oO
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Just curious here but how often do you all get flat tires? I've been driving my Bimmer for over 8 months now (15k miles) and so far so good. I haven't even thought about bringing a spare tire or repair kit. I figure my pops or a relative would come help me out if I had one.
The last time I got a flat tire was in 1989. I'm not worried about it. My snow tires are non-RFT, and as soon as the factory tires wear out the summers will be too. I may get a slime-compressor kit, I may not. I have a cell phone and AAA.
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A can of glop & AAA will see you through most problems with flats. A lot of people drive themselves with the what-ifs & build all kinds of near death scenarios about non-RFT's

Things to ask yourself is since you have been driving how many flats have you actually gotten on the road? Since 1960 I think I have way more fingers then over the road flats. I know we live in a much more risk adverse society then the one I came up in but you cannot protect your self against every possibility you can think up.

What happens if the run flat catastrophically fails like it can if you drive on it to long to fast or both.
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Been riding on non rft for almost half a year, obviously...no spare tire, no kit, nothing in the trunk.

Figured that's probably the stupidest thing I've done and you just never know what could happen. Finally went on amazon and ordered some stuff.


Good call. You can usually find most of that stuff at your local auto parts store; i.e. autozone, O'Reilley's, kragen. The spot under your trunk is where the BMW kit would go if you want to waste the extra money for OEM bag and compressor that works the same as any other you can buy...
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add some plugs for the occasional nail hole
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When im driving in town i never carry anything but when on road tips i carry a bottle of fix a flat. How much did you pay for that kit? I think i might need more than a can of fix a flax. haha
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I'll share a quick story: I've had factory RFT on my e90 for as long as I've bought it (those things latest forever! Last year (August) I changed to non-RTF tires. Everything good. Just last week I'm driving down the highway and I get a flat. Big nail on the side wall of the tire. Had to call tow truck to tow me home. Anyways, I don't have Road Hazard warranty and certainly can't get the tire repaired.
Have to order another one $200, one expensive nail.
Def. don't regret getting non-flat tires but the moral is, do pay the extra bucks for road hazard warranty and a kit like the OP bought is not a bad idea either.
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For those that are saying if it damages the tires/wheels, they may or may not, I don't plan on using this stuff. Let's hope I never will have to lol. I bought it for a WORST case scenario if I ever was stranded and this came in handy I would use it to get to safety in a heartbeat VS just being stranded completely in the middle of no where.


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Yeah, that's what I thought. That stop-leak stuff may trash my $260 tire???

I would go with traditional "tire repair kit" that comes with plugger. See the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-G...lug+repair+kit

It's safer that way.
Actually the kit I got also comes with those exact pluggers inside

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When im driving in town i never carry anything but when on road tips i carry a bottle of fix a flat. How much did you pay for that kit? I think i might need more than a can of fix a flax. haha
I think it was like 50-60 on amazon and retails for 70-80ish or more I believe at normal price. I had a amazon gift card so I really just bought all of this stuff and kind of forgot how much it really cost haha. It comes with an air compressor too and a bunch of other little things. The air compressor really sealed the deal for me.
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Have to order another one $200, one expensive nail.
Def. don't regret getting non-flat tires but the moral is, do pay the extra bucks for road hazard warranty and a kit like the OP bought is not a bad idea either.
That being said, a nail in the sidewall would have resulted in you buying a replacement RFT at close to $350, as a nail in the side is as fatal to an RFT than any other tire. So all in all, you're still ahead
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