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Old 04-19-2017, 06:56 PM
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I have a 428i and got the M-sport package. It came with 19" Good Year Run Flats. I have had one of the tires get a bubble in it last year after going over a pot hole and another one now. Getting sick of paying $400 for every unforgiving pot hole.

Has anyone ever replaced their run flats for regular tires? If so, which ones and what were the results?

Any advice or suggestion is appriciated. Thanks!
Do it! You won't regret it. Just buy a BMW tire repair kit for confidence if you are concerned about flats without a spare tire. I swapped my tires with Michelin Pilot Super Sports a while ago. You will immediately notice the reduced road noice, comfy ride and grip.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:25 PM
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After a few days of my new wheels/tires (Apex EC-7 18" rims with Michelin PS 4S) and putting them through their paces, I gotta say I'm really impressed with the improvement in the ride & comfort! Picture below.

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One caution in using tire sealant, when you use it, be sure to get to the repair shop ASAP, like within hours of using it. Once the stuff hardens, it's really difficult to get off the tire, rim, and valve--it goes everywhere inside the wheel! I carry around an air compressor and a tire repair kit for the inevitability, along with the BMW portable jack kit and on long trips, a spare tire.

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http://a.co/1TSVv4v

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http://a.co/iHVu3Gm

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https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...112159861~oeb/

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Old 04-20-2017, 08:29 AM
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I have a 15 328 with RFT's. They gave me a loaner that was an X!. The drive was better than my 328. I was sure it must be because it had regular tires. I got out and checked. It had RFT's they were Pirelli CINTURATO P1 RUN FLAT's. Anyone here have them?
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:41 AM
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^ I had those. They start out ok when new, but get noisier and harsher as the tire ages. Driveguard is MUCH better.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:53 AM
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^ I had those. They start out ok when new, but get noisier and harsher as the tire ages. Driveguard is MUCH better.
In a way I am glad to hear that. THanks
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:01 AM
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Yep, I had the original runflat Cinturato P7 on my car, and it is a very noticeable improvement when I "upgraded" to my Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires in comfort and handling. Love it!!!
Edit: Got the tires from tirerack for $200 each! Awesome bang for the buck!

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Old 04-21-2017, 08:04 AM
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I have a 15 328 with RFT's. They gave me a loaner that was an X!. The drive was better than my 328. I was sure it must be because it had regular tires. I got out and checked. It had RFT's they were Pirelli CINTURATO P1 RUN FLAT's. Anyone here have them?
Be sure you are sitting down when you price those specific tires. My daughter had those on her 328i. She does have 20" wheels on the car as that is what was on it when she bought the car as a CPO, but they wanted $615 a tire to replace them. That was at the dealership but still, I think Tire Rack was around $500 a tire. Needless to say, she now has go flats on the car and couldn't be happier.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:09 AM
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Guys, if you swap out to go-flats, just carry a small air compressor and a plug kit. This will take care of most all situations where a tire goes flat... other than when a tire has a hole in the sidewall.
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Guys, if you swap out to go-flats, just carry a small air compressor and a plug kit. This will take care of most all situations where a tire goes flat... other than when a tire has a hole in the sidewall.
That's fine for me, but I wouldn't be real comfortable with my daughter trying to plug her own tire. They drive like fools out in SoCal. She can work on $42 million helicopters for the Navy and have the final say whether they fly or not, but I would rather she call a tow truck if she has a flat tire. That's what we have towing insurance for.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:59 AM
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Be sure you are sitting down when you price those specific tires. My daughter had those on her 328i. She does have 20" wheels on the car as that is what was on it when she bought the car as a CPO, but they wanted $615 a tire to replace them. That was at the dealership but still, I think Tire Rack was around $500 a tire. Needless to say, she now has go flats on the car and couldn't be happier.
That must be because they are 20".
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:10 AM
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That's fine for me, but I wouldn't be real comfortable with my daughter trying to plug her own tire. They drive like fools out in SoCal. She can work on $42 million helicopters for the Navy and have the final say whether they fly or not, but I would rather she call a tow truck if she has a flat tire. That's what we have towing insurance for.
Why wouldn't you feel comfortable with your daughter trying to plug her own tire? Do you feel comfortable with her waiting several hours by herself somewhere in SoCal waiting for a tow truck? The last time I tried getting a tow truck it was 8 hours, and that was in a major city. So, get her trained on how to fix a flat or have her get run flats. If you are that worried, then run flats provide that level of insurance to be able to drive out of a situation to a safe area.

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Old 04-22-2017, 10:29 AM
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If you are on the budget get the Bridgestone S04 which isn't bad but for they value which is a good deal, you can get it from Wheelworks for $810.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:44 AM
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If $1400 broke their bank, they need to trade the BMW in for a Kia. But, it's still annoying.

I just "built" a 540i on BMWUSA.com. The mini-spare tire came up as a no-cost option.
Since after 50 miles a run flat is ruined they should have just drove the 300 miles on it home. I had right front flat and drove over 280 miles on it even at highway speeds on purpose to see if this was possible. Had no issues with unstable handling and I was carrying my mini spare and jack if my test failed. When I had time to get to the dealer they showed me the inside of the tire and what happens to the sidewall. The side wall weakens with a noticeable circle on the inside. This is how they tell if you drive more than 50 miles. Again I am not condoning doing this, just that there is no need to panic if you are far away from your destination. My tire warranty had run out so I knew it was going to cost me anyway for a new one.
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Old 04-27-2017, 12:57 PM
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switched from RFTs.

I replaced my RFTs Continentals to BFGoodrich Gforce Comp2. I put on 4500 miles on my New tires and so far so good. I found it to have a better grip on wet/dry roads. Noise is a bit comparable to RFTs Continentals.
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:34 AM
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BMW has a new ad campaign going on TV now for the 3 series and RFT.
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:45 AM
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That's precisely why there isn't a F25 X3 in the Putzer garage tonight. We're waiting for the 2018 (G01) X3, which will have a mini-spare tire and a hole under the cargo area floor to put it in.
If your car is an xdrive wouldn't the small spare be harmful to the drivetrain?
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:13 AM
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If your car is an xdrive wouldn't the small spare be harmful to the drivetrain?
As long as the height of the tire is super close, a thin tire is fine.
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If your car is an xdrive wouldn't the small spare be harmful to the drivetrain?
The mini-spares are the same diameter as the regular tires, just skinnier.

There's a draft copy of the ordering guide of the X3 M40i on the G01 board, and it snows an OEM spare tire available.

I carry an air pump when I go on road trips, and I check the my spare tires' pressures about every two months.
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:23 AM
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I changed my pirelli Pzero's 18''rft to pirelli Pzero non rft.
I take my car regularly to the Nurburgring or track day at Spa-Francorchamps. On track or autobhan in Germany the rft's are good!! But they are to expensive for what they are....so after some donuts I needed new rubber and went for Pzero's non rft.
You know what...
I think they are better in every way. Less understeer and cheaper...the non rft's give you more feeling when you are pushing it to the limits...rft's are precise on turn in but you can't feel the understeer coming. track times did not suffer. Only risk is a high speed blowout in the rear and it's game over...I keep a small space saver tyre and jack in the booth on the right side strapt in...just in case.
Drove it to Portugal and had a slow puncture in the front on a country road 60km away from any real tyre shop. Small tyre saved the day!! You can only drive it at 70kmph but hey...
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If u remove rft jus chk with insurance if they cover u in event of accident .. cos they want car as oem spec ..
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Old 05-09-2017, 12:26 AM
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If u remove rft jus chk with insurance if they cover u in event of accident .. cos they want car as oem spec ..
No way in hell this is true.
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If u remove rft jus chk with insurance if they cover u in event of accident .. cos they want car as oem spec ..
Is that the reason if you put winter tires on a car, which came with summer tires, your insurance won't cover you in the event of an accident? What happens if you put an aftermarket anything on your car?

Come on... get real.
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The BMW OE, non run-flat version of Michelin Pilot Super Sport, sizes 225/45R18 front, 255/40R18 rear, are at the top of my list for replacement tires.

Tire Rack link

I already have Continental ContiComfortKit in my car.
Those tire slime kits are TERRIBLE:
1) They very often don't work
2) They are, at best, a temporary repair
3) They ruin the TPMS (tire pressure) sensor, and they gum up the tire and wheel badly

Instead, I suggest you assemble a tire plug kit:
1) BlackJack tire plug kit, with fitted case and professional tools and plugs which absolutely work
2) One or two pairs of nitrile gloves
3) Small flashlight
4) Mini pliers kit from Sears (to pull the nail out)
5) 12V tire inflator
6) Small spray bottle (empty; these leak if stored with fluids)
7) Travel size dish soap
8) 12 oz bottled water
9) AAA membership (in case of severe blowout or sidewall cut)

This is a very inexpensive, compact kit which will let you easily, professionally, permanently repair a puncture, get on the road, and stay on the road.

Each of those parts is important. You need to keep a sealed bottle of water and the spray bottle separate. Then you'll combine the water and soap in the spray bottle so you can find the leak.

I've driven a Prius Plug-in for five years with no spare, and I quickly repaired punctures twice using this set up. The soapy water is critical for small punctures; you'll otherwise have a very hard time finding the nail. You inflate the tire until you hear the air hissing out, then you spray the soapy water around the hiss until you see the bubbles.

The BlackJack kit is used by pro mechanics and it comes with complete instructions, which you should read ahead of time. Also, put a piece of thin foam in the BlackJack case to keep its contents from rattling inside your car.

I took the first photo when I'd purchased a cheapo tire plug kit. I later bought the BlackJack, which is vastly higher quality.
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:37 AM
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Just to clear up some possible confusion between Michelin PSS and P4S which were both already mentioned above in this thread:

Michelin are apparently slowly phasing out the PSS and replacing it with the P4S.
That's why Alpina have replaced the PSS with the P4S as OE tyres on the new 2018 B3S/B4S models (new improved engine).

Picked up that info while talking with Alpina R&D engineers at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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Those tire slime kits are TERRIBLE:
1) They very often don't work
2) They are, at best, a temporary repair
3) They ruin the TPMS (tire pressure) sensor, and they gum up the tire and wheel badly

Instead, I suggest you assemble a tire plug kit:
1) BlackJack tire plug kit, with fitted case and professional tools and plugs which absolutely work
2) One or two pairs of nitrile gloves
3) Small flashlight
4) Mini pliers kit from Sears (to pull the nail out)
5) 12V tire inflator
6) Small spray bottle (empty; these leak if stored with fluids)
7) Travel size dish soap
8) 12 oz bottled water
9) AAA membership (in case of severe blowout or sidewall cut)

This is a very inexpensive, compact kit which will let you easily, professionally, permanently repair a puncture, get on the road, and stay on the road.

Each of those parts is important. You need to keep a sealed bottle of water and the spray bottle separate. Then you'll combine the water and soap in the spray bottle so you can find the leak.

I've driven a Prius Plug-in for five years with no spare, and I quickly repaired punctures twice using this set up. The soapy water is critical for small punctures; you'll otherwise have a very hard time finding the nail. You inflate the tire until you hear the air hissing out, then you spray the soapy water around the hiss until you see the bubbles.

The BlackJack kit is used by pro mechanics and it comes with complete instructions, which you should read ahead of time. Also, put a piece of thin foam in the BlackJack case to keep its contents from rattling inside your car.

I took the first photo when I'd purchased a cheapo tire plug kit. I later bought the BlackJack, which is vastly higher quality.
Good information here. I have both the slime kit and tire plug kit in the trunk. Thought of getting the spare but the prices are ludicrous. We don't venture off the beaten path much so it is worth that risk.
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