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Old 09-01-2014, 05:28 PM
iamthewalrus iamthewalrus is offline
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Replace the tire?

I was on Forest Service roads this weekend for a hike, and it looks like I have a bubble. Is this sort of thing reparable, or am I looking at replacement? Thanks!

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Old 09-02-2014, 07:03 AM
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Hi Wally! Yes, that does indeed look like a bubble. Time to "retire" (as the old Fisk Tire commercial used to say). Looks like you have pretty low aspect tires too -- are they stock? If not and you are happy with the ride etc. you might want to keep off forest service roads and avoid the Rubicon as these are not tire friendly. A thought. If you don't have a lot of mileage (wear) on your present rubber then you could have the replacement tire shaved to match the other three. TireRack will do this for you. That way you will keep your AWD system happy. Otherwise, its all four new skins I am afraid. Good luck!

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Old 09-02-2014, 07:07 AM
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Tire is dead .. .. might have dented the rim as well :-( If it's the original RFT check to see if it's one of the tire brands with a road hazard warranty; might make the replacement cost pain hurt a little less.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:11 AM
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you might have to replace all 4 if the wear is substantial it might throw the DTS and AWD into panic
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:07 PM
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Thanks. I ordered four new tires from Tire Rack, and they'll arrive at the installer tomorrow. Unclear whether I dented the rim. The installer I'm taking it to is great about this kind of thing. I'll see what they say. I'm keeping this X3 indefinitely, because BMW no longer offers a manual-transmission SUV.
Yes, I do my share of Forest Service roads. I have been for over a decade and this is my first tire incident! Lesson learned, I'll slow it down on the dirt roads.

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Old 09-04-2014, 09:26 AM
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And $1K later, the issue is resolved. BMWs are expensive to maintain, but it's not like other vehicles would be much cheaper for this kind of issue...
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:56 AM
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damn, what did you buy?
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:09 PM
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And $1K later, the issue is resolved. BMWs are expensive to maintain, but it's not like other vehicles would be much cheaper for this kind of issue...
James, why did you decide to order 4 new tires instead of having the 1 tire shaved to match as UncleJ said?
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:14 AM
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They no longer make what was on my X3 last week. So, I picked up four 235/50R-18 Pirelli Scorpion STR. At $220 each plus shipping, install, etc, they weren't cheap, but it's done and the X3 drives great!


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