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Old 10-29-2011, 09:27 AM
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18" vs 19" tires

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Is there a difference in driving comfort level between the 18 and 19 tires for a new 535i?

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:00 AM
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Most certainly. 18's give a notably smoother ride.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:34 PM
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Most certainly. 18's give a notably smoother ride.
And Mr Decafe how about cornering and handling ?
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:08 PM
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And Mr Decafe how about cornering and handling ?
Never got to push an 18" equipped 535 hard. Just slow speed driving.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:20 PM
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Having lived in Houston in my dark past I remember the roads were really rough in many places with subsidence on the gumbo clay. 18s might be advised unless you are on better soil part of town.

The F10's size (IMO) though demands the 19 in wheel to look right.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:46 PM
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I live in Houston and had 19" on my 2011 535 and also 19" on the 2012 with M-Sport.

Yes, some roads are horrible, particularly San Felipe, right inside the loop. In any case, I just switch to Comfort+ and then it is smooth riding all the way!

It is unbelievable that the most expensive neighborhood in Houston (River Oaks) has some of the worst roads in town.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:51 PM
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I also live in Houston, well Spring, but work in Houston. I went from 17s on my 528i to 19s (non run flat Continental DWS) and overall the ride didn't change that much. The run flats typically have thicker side walls that aren't as forgiving (ride rougher) that normal tires. Also you need to factor in the type of tire you choose. Not all tires are made to perform the same. Some are made for comfort, some are made to handling. Depending on what you are looking for, you can get a 19" setup that does ride fairly well.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:10 PM
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Just received my 2012 535i with the 19" . I love the smooth driving. Thank you all.
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