Are bullet proof tires real?
The correct terminology is “runflat tires”. These “runflats” allow a vehicle, generally, to travel up to 60 miles after the tire has been deflated depending on the terrain. The Run-flat’s purpose is to allow the vehicle to travel on a tire once flattened by providing a roller/band within a tire as well as keeps the tire on the rim. With the tire safely on the rim, the vehicle is still able to have traction allowing the vehicle to continue to drive away from the “danger zone”.
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The concept behind a bulletproof tire is simple: absorption or deflection of the energy from a projectile in an appropriate way to keep the tire functional after the impact. Basically, a bulletproof tire is a run-flat tire that is designed to resist the deflation effects when punctured and keeps the vehicle moving at reduced speed for a limited distance to help the passengers inside and the vehicle escape a harmful situation. Its air-less tire design is the most resistant to nails and bullets.
Technically there is nothing like bulletproof tire, but there are tires resistant with rubber or metal band inside.
There are some other tires having an insert around the inside of the rim to provide control and degree of traction when the tire is shredded. An airless tire works well than a pneumatic valve with few holes in it.
For more questions on runflats please call or text Armormax at 801.393.1075.
Yes! Run-flat tires are repairable and transferable to another vehicle rim as long as they are the same size. These tires require no air to stay hard, but they have a reinforced sidewall to stay rigid without any air pressure.
Generally, run-flat-tires are made from the same rubber compound as conventional tires with additional reinforced components. If they are patched up, more likely they will puncture again due to loss of rigidity and uneven wear or a poor driving experience. In the case of the damaged run-flat insert, it is recommended only around 50 miles of additional driving and then have them replaced.