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Old 01-22-2002, 22:04   #1 (permalink)
 
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Bridgestone, Conti To Share Run-flat Tech

Yeah Yeah I know. I am getting desperate for something to talk about.

I have contientals on the Xr8 and boy are they wearing well. This little article caught my eye!!


Embattled Bridgestone Corp. says it will work with Germany's Continental
AG to design run-flat tire technology for use by both companies. The
companies will work independently, but share innovations and technology
developed during their cooperation. Bridgestone expects it will expand its
run-flat business tenfold by 2005.
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It is the way of the future alright. This will be great to have as standard on all cars.I wonder if it means an end to a spare tyre. More room and less weight for future cars.I spose a small savings in cost too.
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Absolutely. When I got the Xr, 17" were options and I couldn't afford the spare so I had to stick with it being a 16". Weight savings and with the wheel sizes going up we are talking about a decent savings too, are worth having.
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I guess the weight savings would also extend to the jack and wheel brace etc.If you were to pickup the spare and jack ,tools etc it would be quite heavy.
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I guess the weight savings would also extend to the jack and wheel brace etc.If you were to pickup the spare and jack ,tools etc it would be quite heavy.
I hadn't thought of that and you are right. Designing the spare wheel well out as well or I guess making the fuel tank placement better for handling might be a consideration as well
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