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jbergstein
09-28-2010, 02:59 PM
I checked in with tirerack on winter runflats and they have only one tire in 18 and none in 17

What are you guys doing for the winter? any recommendations?

DXK
09-28-2010, 03:31 PM
they got 2: Dunlop and Pirelli, both in 18".
Those 2 are performance winter, meaning they are very good in ice / snow, but don't sacrifise too much on the dry pavement. I also suggest you buy wheels made in Germany (pay a bit more) rather than China. Also, most 17" wheels won't fit F10, cannot clear the brakes

richschneid
09-28-2010, 04:17 PM
I checked in with tirerack on winter runflats and they have only one tire in 18 and none in 17

What are you guys doing for the winter? any recommendations?

I'm going to get the 18" Bridgestone LM-25 RFTs for my 550i xDrive. I think these are the best choice. Read the reviews on Tirerack. The Pirellis are really noisy in comparison.

kocsis
09-30-2010, 08:13 PM
I am also planning to get the Bridgestone RFs winter tires, but what wheels would work best?

DXK
10-01-2010, 08:00 AM
I am also planning to get the Bridgestone RFs winter tires, but what wheels would work best?

if you go to tirerack and select winter, they have a nice selection. Click on the one you like, then see if it not made in China.

kocsis
10-01-2010, 09:02 AM
I cannot find the wheels that would suit the 550ix. They don't yet have that model in their data base. I suppose I can look at the 245/45R 18" wheels. They also don't seem to show tire/wheel packages except by model which does not yet exist.

DXK
10-01-2010, 09:31 AM
you're right, I was looking at mine 550i. Email Gary@Tirerack.com
He will tell you exactly what you need, and what kind of wheels will fit 550xi

richschneid
10-01-2010, 11:07 AM
I spoke to the Tirerack in August about this. The rep told me that they will not do any reccomendations until they actually get a car from the local dealer in order to do all their own measurements. I think my car 550i xDrive is in the first shipment that got into port this past Wednesday, two days ago, so it is extremely unlikely that the Tirerack's local BMW dealer in Indiana has gotten the car yet. That is why the 550xi is not on the Tirerack's website yet.

However, the new Dunlop Wintersport RFT's are now on the website. These too are only in 18" size, which is the standard, non sport package, in the 550xi. The 550xi comes standard with all season tires so you can probably get away with them until late fall.

DXK
10-01-2010, 12:06 PM
I am sure the wheel offset for xi is known / can be guessed by tire rack, so they will know what wheels will most likely fit. It's true though that in Boston, you don't get into heavy snow till December, so there is plenty of time. Depends though if you got your XI with summers or allseasons. I usually switch around Thanksgiving, but I got rwd with summers. Dunlops are great

richschneid
10-01-2010, 12:17 PM
I am sure the wheel offset for xi is known / can be guessed by tire rack, so they will know what wheels will most likely fit. It's true though that in Boston, you don't get into heavy snow till December, so there is plenty of time. Depends though if you got your XI with summers or allseasons. I usually switch around Thanksgiving, but I got rwd with summers. Dunlops are great

I tried to order my 550xi with summer tires and my dealer checked with BMW and was told this was not possible. The rep at the tirerack told me that because the measurements they get from BMW have sometimes been inaccurate in the past they always do their own measurements before they make any recommendations. Maybe that's not true but it is what I was told.

DXK
10-01-2010, 12:40 PM
I tried to order my 550xi with summer tires and my dealer checked with BMW and was told this was not possible.

Ha! I just looked and it is true. You could I think with e60. Another thing to consider for those who are thinking of getting one ( and I am not judging whether it is positive or negative:)

goodchip
10-01-2010, 12:46 PM
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=480722&highlight=
Started this thread a couple of months ago - no replies.
I paid for my package this week. Dealer has 5 sets on order.

DXK
10-01-2010, 01:21 PM
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=480722&highlight=
Started this thread a couple of months ago - no replies.I paid for my package this week. Dealer has 5 sets on order.

Maybe folks didn't want to tell you that $4000 for winter tires is a bit too much. And I am not telling you this either:)

kocsis
10-01-2010, 01:42 PM
a $70k car; running winter tires 40% of the time; saves on wear of summer tires....

DXK
10-01-2010, 01:56 PM
One is free to spend as one wishes. However, most winter tire packages even 18" with german made wheels like Barber with TPM sensors run well south of $2K.
The very expensive set of wheels would defeat the purpose of the whole excercise, no?

kocsis
10-01-2010, 02:05 PM
They key is to get good looking wheels that are sturdy enough (and yet light) to withstand the potholes typical of winter roads.

DXK
10-01-2010, 02:12 PM
They key is to get good looking wheels that are sturdy enough (and yet light) to withstand the potholes typical of winter roads.

Exactly! And if you do ruin one, you're not gonna regret it too much

dunccfp
10-01-2010, 02:16 PM
Go with the conti extreme contact DWS all season. Plenty of tire for nyc and metro area. They have them in your size so you dont have to monkey around with new rims. Get the rim protection that solves the pothole problem. I bought a rim for $80 on tirerack and use one of the run flats as a spare and stored the other 3 and will return at lease end. $950 vs $1750 and double the mileage. If trunk space isn't an issue its perfect. The DWS are much better in the rain also.