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Old 10-24-2009, 08:51 PM
squashnut squashnut is offline
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Mein Auto: 2007 X5 4.8is--2010 X5M
Just about to get my fourth X5 (2010 X5 M ) which will replace my 2007 X5 4.8is.My 2 previous X5's were 3.0,a 2001 which had many niggling problems,a 2004 which covered 84,000 kms with no problems at all.The change in 2007 to front wishbone suspension has transformed the ride quality with 20inch rubber and I have really enjoyed the 4.8is.The 315/35 20 rears look awesome and the limits of adhesion with this package are well beyond my comfort level! Living in the Prairies with 5 months of winter my biggest problem was getting a good looking,reasonably priced,safe and good handling winter wheel and tire package in 20inch size.Tire Rack,whom I have found very helpful in the past (and who supplied an excellent OZ racing/Bridgestone Blizzak winter package for my Mini Cooper) don't carry much for the X5 (a BBS 20x10 35mm offset--presently on sale for $600 each--and a Sport Edition cheapo)so I went to Big Wheels.net and found the owner incredibly helpful.I had decided to use Beyern wheels since they are BMW specific (made by the TSW group) are hubcentric and use all original hardware.The 2007 X5's needed a different centre bore from the earlier models but with research and help from bigwheels.net ,who conferred with TSW,I obtained 4 Beyern" Mesh "wheels in hyper silver,front 20x8.5 offset 20mm and rear 20x10 offset 25mm. TPMS sensors were sourced from my local dealer (Dilawri BMW) and the winter tires(which took 5 months to get!)are Toyo Open country G-O2 plus 275/40x20.This setup looks great,is H rated, and the ride ,handling ,dry,ice,snow and rain performance are exemplary and I recommend it to anyone.I will attempt to post a photo of this combination as soon as possible.Note these are not runflats and Pirelli now has a Scorpion Ice and Snow tire in runflat 275/40x20 and 315/35x20.Good luck finding any of these in Canada (I just checked with 1010 tires who are sold out of the 275/40x20 until next year).Good old Tire Rack does have them however and I just ordered a set at $315 each.I am not sure about the 315/35x20 as winter rubber since it is difficult to find aftermarket 20x11inch 37mm offset wheels unless you buy from Bmw at $1000 each or switch winter / summer tires on the original rims.
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