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Old 04-20-2017, 03:26 PM
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BMW Mobility Kit - Cross-post

My F10 needs tires and I'm considering non-RFTs. I'm posting here because some of you have the Track Handling package and non-RFTs with your F3X's.

Can you share what you know about the BMW Mobility Kit vs. other kits, and how helpful these kits are in general? I only have a day or two to make a decision on tires, which is why the cross-post.

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Old 04-20-2017, 04:04 PM
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BMW Mobility Kit - Cross-post

This is cheaper and does same thing.

http://www.continental-tires.com/car...ntimobilitykit

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Old 04-20-2017, 05:45 PM
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This is cheaper and does same thing.

http://www.continental-tires.com/car...ntimobilitykit
^this plus I carry a plug kit and a BMW jack set which includes a jack, tire chock, breaker bar, torque wrench and other goodies https://www.bmwdiscountparts.com/oem...et-71102182448
Barring bad weather, I can get myself fixed up and back on the road.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:31 AM
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So for those who have used the Conti kit, does the TPS need to be replaced when you have the tire repaired or replaced?
Seeing as it's latex based maybe it can be cleaned up and reused?
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:18 AM
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So for those who have used the Conti kit, does the TPS need to be replaced when you have the tire repaired or replaced?
Seeing as it's latex based maybe it can be cleaned up and reused?
I would get to the shop ASAP, and get the damaged tire off the rim before the stuff hardens, otherwise it's impossible to get off.

Personally I would dismount the tire and use a plug kit to seal the puncture.
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Old 04-22-2017, 12:34 PM
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The TPMS should not need to be replaced, just cleaned off. The issue isn't with sealant encrusting the TPMS, but the sealant blocking the the pressure sensor port, since that would lead to inaccurate air pressure reading. However, since these solutions are not intended to be a permanent fix, it doesn't matter. The previous generations of aerosol sealants like older fix-a-flat had corrosive properties which could damage both sensor and rims; however, the latest generations of water based sealants (which fix-a-flat now is) are not corrosive. Since the sensors are radio frequency based, it really doesn't matter if a crust of latex covers the sensor. My goodness, how do people think the sensors work through thick tire rubber? The stuff is not impossible to get off. Since they are temporary, you will want to get the tire repaired or replaced anyway. If repaired, the tire should be removed anyway in order to do the patch w/plug repair from the inside of the tire, which is the recommended method over just the plug.

Just understand, though, that the sealants have a shelf life. Terra-S makes BMW mobility kit, Slime, and Fix-a-flat, and has a shelf life of 4 years (Terra-S also makes for VW, SEAT, Audi). ContiMobilityKit lists up to 5 years shelf life. You aren't guaranteed that the sealant canister or the pump+sealant canister is going to be new. When I wen to buy spare BMW sealant, the dealership had 2 year old stuff. I re-ordered and got new stock.

At the time, I bought BMW mobility kit because it was cheaper than the Continental one. Ford, Volvo, GM, etc use Continental sealant and mobility kit, and you can get for cheaper than the contimobilitykit. Then again, the Slime kit, which uses the same sealant as BMW kit, also is cheaper.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:14 PM
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I think many shops will tell you not to use sealant as they hate dealing with it afterwards

I carry a patch kit, in addition to the mobility kit. Would rather patch a hole than fill the tire with slime, if I can.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:46 AM
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I think many shops will tell you not to use sealant as they hate dealing with it afterwards

I carry a patch kit, in addition to the mobility kit. Would rather patch a hole than fill the tire with slime, if I can.
Then they probably shouldn't be in the tire repair/replace business if they don't like doing it.

Sealant is no brainer: hook up and inflate. Plug you need to remove wheel, try to find hole(s), plug, replace wheel, inflate.

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Old 04-26-2017, 11:10 PM
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I bought one when I switched to Pilot SS. Never needed to use it so far. Switching to non-runflats is great.
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Old 04-27-2017, 03:18 AM
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Carry a $7.00 plug kit and bought a $25.00 battery powered air compressor at Lowes. Both fit it the small recess area under the trunk deck. No need for a jack as the plug kit will work with the tire on the car.

Using the plug kit is pretty much a permanent fix but even you want to replace the tire the plug kit will get you home where you can figure out what needs to be done if anything.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:59 AM
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Carry a $7.00 plug kit and bought a $25.00 battery powered air compressor at Lowes. Both fit it the small recess area under the trunk deck. No need for a jack as the plug kit will work with the tire on the car.

Using the plug kit is pretty much a permanent fix but even you want to replace the tire the plug kit will get you home where you can figure out what needs to be done if anything.
plug kit works when tire is on the car? You mean so long as you can roll the vehicle to the hole and you can access the hole.

plug kit is not the approved method and is not pretty much permanent. Patch and plug from inside is.
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Old 04-27-2017, 11:17 AM
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My F10 needs tires and I'm considering non-RFTs. I'm posting here because some of you have the Track Handling package and non-RFTs with your F3X's.

Can you share what you know about the BMW Mobility Kit vs. other kits, and how helpful these kits are in general? I only have a day or two to make a decision on tires, which is why the cross-post.

Thanks,
Robert
1. First and foremost, they are temporary solutions.
2. Simple and easy to use. connect to valve stem and push a button. Some versions require connecting hose from sealant bottle to valve and inflator to sealant bottle, but it is pretty much one connection.
3. After a double flat, I carry a mobility kit with two bottles of sealant in each of my cars. I have the BMW mobility kit with the self contained sealant and a spare bottle sealant.
4. Understand BMW sealant has a 4 year shelf life, Conti has 5 year, Slime has 4 year, fix-a-flat 5 years. If you are getting fix-a-flat, ensure you are getting latest versions rather than the corrosive older versions.
5. I don't see any difference between BMW, Conti, Slime, since they all use the same set up and water based latex sealant. Slime, Fix-a-flat and BMW are all made by Terra-S, which is part of ITW Group, which makes also for: Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW M, BMW AG, BMW Mini Oxford, Skoda, Seat, Peugeot, Citroen, Honda Japan, Honda USA, Honda UK, GM and Suzuki Japan. Ford uses Conti.
6. air compressor can be used with or without the sealant bottle.

I know folks like plug kits, but it involves more work than the one hook up and button push of the mobility kits. Plus, with the mobility kit, you aren't having to search out the hole.
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