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Old 07-18-2011, 08:00 AM
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"Cold Weather" Tires for M-Sport 535i ?

Looking for recommendations for tire/wheel combo for my 535i M-Sport for
use during the cold season here in central North Carolina.

Do not need much snow capability since it usually snows just a couple of days
each winter here (and the whole area pretty much shuts down).

But we do get many days of near freezing or sub-freezing weather with an
occasional ice storm, so the Dunlop summer tires will not work very well.

What do other NC drivers do? Winter tires, All Season tires, or just "Suck it up and drive carefully"?

Appreciate you responses. (FYI, I spent 20 years near Chicago so I know what
real winter is like )
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:17 AM
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Conti DWS's are rated best in snow and rain. Cost is real cheap. I have had them for 37k miles. They don't wear out. Backs replaced at 25k and fronts still have 6/32's left. Great tire.

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Old 07-18-2011, 09:30 AM
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Conti DWS's are rated best in snow and rain. Cost is real cheap. I have had them for 37k miles. They don't wear out. Backs replaced at 25k and fronts still have 6/32's left. Great tire.
agreed. DWS are a pretty great deal
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:00 PM
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What size wheel do you recommend? 18" or 17"?
Will 17" wheels clear the brakes?

How about tire size? I assume 235 or 245 all around might be a good compromise between handling and snow.
Just need to keep the rev/mile close to original (755-760).
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:07 PM
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I see Tire Rack says you can downsize to 17's on the 550.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:57 PM
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Since you don't need snow performance, I would go with the Pilot Sport All Seasons.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:01 PM
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I see Tire Rack says you can downsize to 17's on the 550.

Then it looks like Conti DWS 235/55-ZR17's might be the thing.
Rev/mile is 767 so close enough. $155/tire.

(Actually rev/mile of my Dunlop's are 771-776)
I have compressor and Monkey Grip Plug Kit.

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:12 PM
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I see BMW Switzerland says you can NOT downsize to 17" on the 550, at least with BMW rims.
(However you can on the 535 and smaller models)
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:55 PM
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Are these non RFT and do they come in 19 inch? Also, how smooth are they on the road (handling etc.). Theoretically I was thinking of swapping my michelin Primacy (summer RFT) that came with the car with an all weather non RFT and using the 351 rims until my lease expires and then swapping back. Thoughts on this idea pls?
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:19 PM
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Since you don't need snow performance, I would go with the Pilot Sport All Seasons.
Are they worth the cost difference $197 for PS vs. $155 for DWS from
TireRack with hazard package (included with DWS)?
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:21 PM
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Are they worth the cost difference $197 for PS vs. $155 for DWS from
TireRack with hazard package (included with DWS)?
I've had both, and it's hard to say since they haven't been on the same car. But I feel like the Pilots ARE worth the extra $150.
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I vote for
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. However if you're running a RWD version you have 275/35ZR19 on the back. I wouldn't expect much in deep snow. You have to hope the last couple years were an aberration.


Or you can buy rims and put smaller tires on them. 18" is probably your best bet.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:51 PM
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Rft?

Just curious,
are you guys talking about RFT's here?
and if these are non-RFT's one may need a spare.
But the real question will be, since sports and m sports
have different sizes...do we need 2 spares...?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:57 PM
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Just curious,
are you guys talking about RFT's here?
and if these are non-RFT's one may need a spare.
But the real question will be, since sports and m sports
have different sizes...do we need 2 spares...?
No. Just carry tire sealant.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:47 PM
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Rft

but with tire sealant, you need to dispose the tire after--can't patch it.
in principle, do we need two spares for those kind of cars?
or is there a wheel adaptor maybe? that can actually accommodate both sizes?
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:38 AM
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but with tire sealant, you need to dispose the tire after--can't patch it.
in principle, do we need two spares for those kind of cars?
or is there a wheel adaptor maybe? that can actually accommodate both sizes?
Even when BMW's had spares (such as my 2001 E46 with Sport Package) and bigger tires in the rear, the spare was a Front Tire/Wheel combo.

Since it was a "spare" (i.e., temporary use until you fix the "real" tire) they apparently felt it was safe enough to use in that mixed rear sizes.

I carry Monkey Grip Plug Kit and a compressor in the under floor trunk space in any case. Drove my leased 335i E93 on NRF for 2 3/4 years of lease and put RFT back on for turn-in.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:03 AM
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Or you can buy rims and put smaller tires on them. 18" is probably your best bet.
Looks like BMW pushes 17" for "winter" wheel/tire combo.
http://www******bmwusa.com/ProductDe...FQ8r7Aod6i9byA

BMW Winter Tire and Rim Style 327

Run Flat Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D*RSC 225/55-17" 97 H

Any idea why they differentiate (different part numbers) between pre and post
September 2010 builds on wheels/tires?
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:14 AM
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Looks like BMW pushes 17" for "winter" wheel/tire combo.
http://www******bmwusa.com/ProductDe...FQ8r7Aod6i9byA

BMW Winter Tire and Rim Style 327

Run Flat Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D*RSC 225/55-17" 97 H

Any idea why they differentiate (different part numbers) between pre and post
September 2010 builds on wheels/tires?
TPMS sensors changed in pre-September builds. Other than that it's the same.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:48 AM
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TPMS sensors changed in pre-September builds. Other than that it's the same.
Didn't know that... Thanks...

Glad I didn't go to all of the trouble to save the ones from
my 2008 335i second wheel set as I originally planned to do.
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