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Old 06-24-2012, 11:16 AM
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Changing run flat tires

I ordered new tires (225/45R-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A II RFT Run Flat) on TireRack and sent them to the placeTireRack recommends.

Should I go to a shop specialising on BMWs or any shop would do?



What do I need to get done: mounting, balancing, what else?
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:24 AM
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just got the same tire slashed.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:37 PM
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If the Tire Rack recommends them, they should be ok. You might want to have a conversation ahead of time asking them if they have equipment which is gentle on alloy rims. (I think most shops do, these days.) Expressing concern ahead of time may, maybe, cause them to exercise a bit more care.

I'm a believer in having an alignment done every year... some might find that excessive. You could have an alignment done at the same time.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:39 PM
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I ordered new tires (225/45R-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A II RFT Run Flat) on TireRack and sent them to the placeTireRack recommends.

Should I go to a shop specialising on BMWs or any shop would do?



What do I need to get done: mounting, balancing, what else?
I just replaced my OEM ContiProContact SSR with the Potenza RE960AS RFT in the same size. Checkout the following link:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=607670
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:55 PM
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I ordered new tires (225/45R-17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A II RFT Run Flat) on TireRack and sent them to the placeTireRack recommends.

Should I go to a shop specialising on BMWs or any shop would do?
Any TireRack qualified shop will do the job right.

If tires are oddly worn, particularly inside wear, rear, before 17k mi, do an alignment too.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:39 PM
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Thanks everybody!
I did called them ahead and they convinced me they work with BMW tires.

Just was in doubt...
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:36 PM
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Just make sure they have the equip to do run flats - it takes a very expensive tire machine that a lot of shops don't have and if they don't have the right machine they will usually make a mess of the rims. Usually tire rack is pretty good at vetting the shops they use.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:36 PM
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If the Tire Rack recommends them, they should be ok. You might want to have a conversation ahead of time asking them if they have equipment which is gentle on alloy rims. (I think most shops do, these days.) Expressing concern ahead of time may, maybe, cause them to exercise a bit more care.

I'm a believer in having an alignment done every year... some might find that excessive. You could have an alignment done at the same time.
I agree with the Professor. RF tires are difficult to mount/dismount without MODERN, up-to-date...and rather expensive mounting equipment. A big part of it is the SKILL AND TRAINING of the technician. It is somewhat easy to damage the wheel, and TPMS sensors if done incorrectly.

CERTAINLY TAKE NOTE OF ANY CURRENT DAMAGE TO YOUR WHEELS PRIOR TO THE SERVICE AND HAVE IT NOTED ON THE PRE-SERVICE INVOICE!

I have to assume that The Tire Rack has "vetted" their installers, otherwise I'd be inclined to bring the tires to a Bridestone/Firestone Company store. They have PLENTY of experience with RFs, and the most modern mounting equipment designed for RF tires.

ARE YOU GOING TO GET A TPMS VALVE re-conditioning kit? Might be a good idea, depending on your tire mileage (20K+ imo). TPMS valve hardware may be subject to deterioration of the PRIMARY rubber seal, corrosion (incompatible metal, road salt), and I WOULDN'T TRUST FOR A MINUTE that the correct valve core will be installed (nickel coated) as most uninformed shop people might install a "standard" valve core.

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:49 PM
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The dealership doesn't do this at no cost under warranty?
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:52 AM
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The dealership doesn't do this at no cost under warranty?
Why would you assume this? As tires are not included under either OEM warranty or covered maintenance, a dealer will mount & balance tires but will charge accordingly.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:17 AM
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Wasn't assuming anything. I was asking a question because changing a tire (pre-purchased) seems benign in comparision to covering huge mechanical failures under warranty. Frankly, I'm not there yet with my car, so I asked. Thanks for the knowledge.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:41 AM
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I just replaced my OEM ContiProContact SSR with the Potenza RE960AS RFT in the same size. Checkout the following link:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=607670
This will be my replacement plan when my OEM Contis wear down. How do you like the Bridgestones?
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:31 AM
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In my limited research, places charge more $$ for changing runflats. I see an average of $50 per tire, where a go flat is about 20 - 30.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:22 PM
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In my limited research, places charge more $$ for changing runflats. I see an average of $50 per tire, where a go flat is about 20 - 30.
I just had my dealer mount and balance a new set of Michelin PS2's run flat. It cost me about $120 for all 4. That's almost exactly what my old Subaru Legacy, and Infiniti G35 (non-run flats) was at their respective dealerships. I haven't seen run flats being anymore money to mount personally.
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Wasn't assuming anything. I was asking a question because changing a tire (pre-purchased) seems benign in comparision to covering huge mechanical failures under warranty. Frankly, I'm not there yet with my car, so I asked. Thanks for the knowledge.
Sorry if it sounded like I was jumping on you. When the time comes, your dealer may offer a discount coupon for mounting and balancing as mine does, although they may balk at mounting non RFTs. However, I've generally found a good tire shop to be less expensive than a dealer - especially if the tires are purchased from them.

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:14 PM
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This will be my replacement plan when my OEM Contis wear down. How do you like the Bridgestones?
So far, so good. The RE960AS RFT is living up to its hype. I really like the ride, handling, and very low noise level.
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Nobody has said a word...or acknowledged the importance of buying a TPMS reconditioning kit. Here's one example.
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/bro...RebuildKit.jsp

Running our tires/wheels in areas subject to snow/ice/road salt may subject them to corrosion, thus a 2 yr. replacement may be in order.
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