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Old 02-13-2011, 07:51 AM
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Changing Out Run Flats

If I were to have run flats changed to "normal" tires, would the new tires fit on the OEM rims, or are new rims necessary??
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:56 AM
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They should fit your oem rims without problems as long as you have proper sized tires
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:47 AM
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It is no problem with BMW rims - you can get either run-flats or non-run-flats in any standard BMW size. There are only two instances I can recall where a car buyer was stuck with the OE tire.

30 years ago, Michelin tried to revolutionize the industry by moving to TRX tires, which had metric sizing, and Ford produced Mustangs with TRX wheels from +/- 1979 through +/- 1985. AFAIK no other tire maker ever made a TRX-sized tires. 'Stang owners mostly hated the Michelins, but if they wanted to switch tire brands, they needed to replace their OE wheels as well.

More recently, I believe a Japanese mfr designed their mini vans with wheels that had a higher lip on the inside than on the outside (or maybe it was vice versa). Those owners were similarly screwed into sticking with the OE tire.

Now, there may be situations where you actually want to replace the wheels as well. Example: My X5D with the sport package has 20" wheels mounted with the OE RFT summer tires. I bought a set of 18" OE take-offs for my non-OE, non-RFT snow tires. Since non-RFT's are less expensive than RFT's, the winter package cost no more than 4 20" RFT winter tires. Plus it saves me the expense and inconvenience of breaking the wheels down, changing tires, and rebalancing 2x/year.

If you are thinking about ditching the RFT's, I think now would be a GREAT time to do it - with the current lack of inventory, you could probably sell your take-off tires very quickly on eBay or the Fest (could even PM some of the board members whose F10s are sitting in the shop waiting for replacement tires).
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:47 AM
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Same thought......

I am now thinking of doing the same thing. Today I hit a medium pothole at about 35 mph and got another bubble on the tire I replaced last week
These Goodyear tires are just way too fragile for the northeast.
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