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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:41 PM
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Cool run flat tires

can radial non- runflat tires be placed on BMW rims originally mounted with run flats?
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:06 PM
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can radial non- runflat tires be placed on BMW rims originally mounted with run flats?
Yes.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:15 AM
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Hmmm

This is interesting.

Now I don't want to contradict the previous reply (all respect), but I asked exactly that question over the past weekend to a BMW dealer in Manchester (UK).

He told me that the M Sport wheels for the new X3 could only work with the Run Flat tyres. I specifically asked if I could change them to non RF if I wanted, he said I would have to put RF on, due to the wheel being designed only for RF?

It was a new one on me, and to be honest I don't know what's what. Just his 2-cents ;-)

John
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:57 AM
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This is interesting.

Now I don't want to contradict the previous reply (all respect), but I asked exactly that question over the past weekend to a BMW dealer in Manchester (UK).

He told me that the M Sport wheels for the new X3 could only work with the Run Flat tyres. I specifically asked if I could change them to non RF if I wanted, he said I would have to put RF on, due to the wheel being designed only for RF?

It was a new one on me, and to be honest I don't know what's what. Just his 2-cents ;-)

John
I've never heard of a wheel that was only compatible with RFTs. We don't have the M Sport package here yet, so I can't tell you exactly what tires will fit. But unless they are using some until-now-unheard-of technology, any tire will fit.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:22 PM
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This is interesting.

Now I don't want to contradict the previous reply (all respect), but I asked exactly that question over the past weekend to a BMW dealer in Manchester (UK).

He told me that the M Sport wheels for the new X3 could only work with the Run Flat tyres. I specifically asked if I could change them to non RF if I wanted, he said I would have to put RF on, due to the wheel being designed only for RF?

It was a new one on me, and to be honest I don't know what's what. Just his 2-cents ;-)

John
M or not, normal tires will fit any kind of wheels that has OEM RFT, steelies or magwheels............

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Old 03-09-2011, 04:26 PM
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I just want to add, if you go with ''normal'' tires like I did on my MCS, make sure to buy a good tire kit if you get a flat, like the ''Continental conticomfortkit'' http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=38

Easy to use, and works like a charm......
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:43 PM
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They like to blame all sorts of problems on any change you make. Especially tires.

BMW's get to be like high maintenance rock stars.

If they don't get exactly what they want they don't behave and refuse to perform.

So, it is possible that you could throw some faults with the AWD if you change to the wrong tire.
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