How-To Tuesday: Should You Buy New Corvette “Run-Flats” or Not?
Show of hands: how many of you remember those Bridgestone run-flat commercials? They used to promote them on TV nearly as much as those darn Rory McIlroy “Living in the Hall of Fame” commercials. Or even more recently than that, the overkill of Draft Duel and Fan King betting sites.
Well, point is, Bridgestone isn’t the only tire out there. And our How-To Tuesday article this week is trying to help give you some options. General Motors have been tossing Run-Flat tires on the Corvette since the production of the C5. The thought being that with run-flat technology, even if you have a flat tire, you can drive to the nearest location and get a new tire. Realistically, Chevy engineers were looking to find a way to save weight on the Corvette and to save money by not having to furnish you with a spare or find a place to hide one on your car. There may be other reasons, but those are definitely a couple of the obvious ones.
So what options do you have, should you find yourself staring sadly at the low PSI gauge on your instrumentation panel of your Corvette? That’s where this article comes in handy. Of course, it was written while assuming that you may already be facing the issue at hand and you need to figure out what you are going to do. You’ll find the solutions list to be quite short. But I’m fairly certain there isn’t one true correct answer. What I can say is that having a full-sized spare tire in the back storage space of your Corvette isn’t the answer, at least not in my book.
New run-flats or non run-flats? What route have you taken? Pros/cons? Let us know!