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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:56 PM
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Anyone running dedicated winter tires on X3?

I've had to run winter tires on my M5 because my normal set are summer only. I've always thought winters on my X3 would be a waste because to date it has always got around ok in the snow. Although it accelerates well through snow, I'm sure turning and braking would improve with winter sports. I do notice side ways sliding in the snow when making turns using the all seasons. Also, dedicated winters would limit the salt damage to my Msport rims. Beside cost, the downside is I would then be stuck with 8 extra tires and rims around the house taking up space.

I'm curious if anyone here that lives in the snow zones is switching to dedicated winters on their X3 during the cold months. If so, did you go with 18" or 17" rims? I'm thinking of dropping one size to 18's although 17" would probably be the best. I just noticed I posted on the X1 board but I guess the question is still valid. I'll also post on the correct board.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:03 PM
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Anyone running dedicated winter tires on their X3?

Accidentally posted this question on X1 board but I'll repeat it on the correct forum; maybe get a different set of responses.

I've had to run winter tires on my M5 because my normal set are summer only. I've always thought winters on my X3 would be a waste because to date it has always got around ok in the snow. Although it accelerates well through snow, I'm sure turning and braking would improve with winter sports. I do notice side ways sliding in the snow when making turns using the all seasons. Also, dedicated winters would limit the salt damage to my Msport rims. Beside cost, the downside is I would then be stuck with 8 extra tires and rims around the house taking up space.

I'm curious if anyone here that lives in the snow zones is switching to dedicated winters on their X3 during the cold months. If so, did you go with 18" or 17" rims? I'm thinking of dropping one size to 18's although 17" would probably be the best.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:32 PM
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Anyone running dedicated winter tires on X3?

Try posting this in the X3 forum to get more replies.


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Old 12-03-2013, 05:37 PM
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Lots of X3 owners switch to winter rubber. Anything below 7c and original tires have much less grip.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:41 PM
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Hi,

I have 17 inchers with Goodyear ultra grips dedicated for winter. The Goodyear do a good job but they are noisy .

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Old 12-04-2013, 07:33 AM
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I went with 17' 225-60-17 Yokohama IG 51V and I live in canada where we get lots of snow. I love these tires and they are amazing in the snow and ice. I also got BMW replika wheels http://www.replika.ca/productinfo.as...r&dm=17&wc=bmw
They look great on the X3..
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:39 AM
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I live in Quebec, here you cannot survive without snow tires. Not to mention they are mandatory as of Dec 15th.

I was doing some research and the best deal I found was a set of aftermarket aluminum rims (RTX Hamburn Antracite) and 225/60R17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-50 RFTs. I wanted specifically to go with minus one size for winter as I have quite good experience with this approach. Also the rims and tires are cheaper. I know these tires are not really designed for BMW and they are definitely not high-performance racing ones but I am driving with them for about one month so far and I think I am quite happy. We had some snow and ice recently, the car drives quite well. And they are quiet, in my opinion. Will see how long do they last.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:02 AM
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Installed Hankook W310 on my dad's X3 last winter on a spare set of 18s. Will be looking for a similar set up for mine.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:34 PM
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I just picked up my X3, and yes, one of my first purchases was winter tires. I ended up going with Blizzak LM60 RFT tires. They're high-performance winter tires with an aggressive tread. I've used them in the past, and prefer them over "snow" tires, because these have a winter rubber compound, but it's a uniform winter rubber compound. They don't have a super-soft compound that wears fast, followed by a harder compound...it's all one medium hardness compound that is suitable for cold weather use. They're fantastic.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:44 PM
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Thanks for all the input. I think I'll proceed and buy a dedicated winter set. All the rims I like are sold out for the moment. I'll keep searching. I'm told I need the TPMS as well. That adds a couple hundred more to the price.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:11 PM
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I just picked up my X3, and yes, one of my first purchases was winter tires. I ended up going with Blizzak LM60 RFT tires. They're high-performance winter tires with an aggressive tread. I've used them in the past, and prefer them over "snow" tires, because these have a winter rubber compound, but it's a uniform winter rubber compound. They don't have a super-soft compound that wears fast, followed by a harder compound...it's all one medium hardness compound that is suitable for cold weather use. They're fantastic.
I was looking at these but they are R18 only, right? So they can be probably installed instead of the stock all-season ones. But I like separate set of wheels for the winter (salt, ice, other hazards...). And I really wanted slightly softer drive, that's why I wanted minus one size.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:27 PM
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According to the tirerack site I have three options related to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System:

1) Buy a separate system on the winter set for about $250
2) Transfer the system off my stock tires onto the winter set (requires a mounting kit)
3) Live with a warning light on my dash

I don't want option 3. For those with winter sets, how did you handle the TPMS issue?
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:00 AM
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I went with #1 and bought a 2nd set of TPMS sensors to go with my winter wheels and tires.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:55 AM
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I went with #1 and bought a 2nd set of TPMS sensors to go with my winter wheels and tires.

BTW, TPMS is not a problem for the Canadians...we don't have those in X3 wheels anyway
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:35 AM
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I did option 1 too...a separate set of wheels with TPMS installed.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:43 AM
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I have been living in the Northeast for 13 years now - our approach in general has been that cars w/ all-wheel or four-wheel drive are getting all-season tires and the ones w/o are getting snows. We'll treat the X3 just same unless the car will not perform as expected in the snow.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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Hi,

I did not need the tpms. There is a procedure in the manual that details how to do reset for new tires.

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Old 12-12-2013, 07:34 PM
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I decided to give dedicated winter tires a try on the X3. I ordered a set of black 17" MSW rims with Michelin X ice winter sport tires. They arrived today and I put them on. I've never had better timing; we're suppose to get sleet in the morning followed by rain around noon and snow tomorrow night.

I like the change to black rims against the carbon black body just for the winter months. It's not a combination I would want year round but a different look for 3 or 4 months will be good. With the M sport option on my X3 the black rims give it a very aggressive look. In addition to better traction on ice, I decided on a winter set to keep the M sport rims protected during the harsh season of salt and snow. Also added the TPMS sensors to the order so now each set has its own.
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A break in the weather allowed me to clean her up a bit.
Here's the X3 new look for the winter with black MSW rims.
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