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Old 01-09-2013, 06:46 AM
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2nd cracked wheel

I have a 2011 335i convertible with 18" tires. My winter wheels are 18" Rial Como with Bridgestone LM-60 runflat winter tires (purchased from Tire Rack!). Got a "low tire pressure" reading on the TPMS sensor last week, refilled tire, low again next day, brought it to BMW. Turned out to be a cracked rim, which also happened last winter. Had to again order a replacement from Tire Rack, which they shipped overnight directly to my BMW dealer's service dept.

Has anybody else had problems with Rial or other aftermarket rims on 18" tires? My wife's 2006 325i has 16" Rial Salerno on the winter tires, and has never had a problem in 6 winters. Are 18" tires more prone to cracking the rims because of the reduced rubber between the rim and the road? Rial has a pretty good reputation, and we had good prior experience, but this is disturbing.

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:12 AM
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I have a 2011 335i convertible with 18" tires. My winter wheels are 18" Rial Como with Bridgestone LM-25 runflat winter tires (purchased from Tire Rack!). Got a "low tire pressure" reading on the TPMS sensor last week, refilled tire, low again next day, brought it to BMW. Turned out to be a cracked rim, which also happened last winter. Had to again order a replacement from Tire Rack, which they shipped overnight directly to my BMW dealer's service dept.

Has anybody else had problems with Rial or other aftermarket rims on 18" tires? My wife's 2006 325i has 16" Rial Salerno on the winter tires, and has never had a problem in 6 winters. Are 18" tires more prone to cracking the rims because of the reduced rubber between the rim and the road? Rial has a pretty good reputation, and we had good prior experience, but this is disturbing.
potholes + runflats + big rims all contribute to cracking. the tire sends more of the shock into the rim. over time you end up with cracks.


recommend you downsize to 17s for winter
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