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Old 02-12-2012, 03:54 AM
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Question I've had it, I'm changing tyres, make me some recommendations :)

Hi Everyone,

I am done with run flats. I currently have Bridgestone RE50A RFT's front and back with probably around 60-70% tread left. But anything over 80kph and the car starts to sound like a 4WD. (Its not wheel bearings as I changed them)

I will rather have a tyre blowout and possibly DIE, then do another long highway trip on these tyres.

So make me some recommendations I don't really care about performance, comfort is more import, the car is only a 325i, but still I don't want to something that doesn't really grip. I just don't need extreme levels of grip.

Sizes needed:
225/45/17
255/40/17

Some of my options so far:
Kumho KU31's ( The cheap option )
Conti Contacts 3
Adrenalin Potenza RE001
Pilot Sport PS2
Yokohama V550 dB

Now not to sound like a cheap ass, but I would like to spend as little as possible as I have to change all 4 tyres and considering that 90% of my driving is through traffic noise is very important.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:22 AM
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Conti DW or DWS.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:11 AM
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Love my Conti DWS non RFT!
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:41 AM
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They seem to be a little bit hard to find in Australia and this being Australia, I'm sure they would be around the $300+ p/tyre mark.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:22 AM
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Michelin Pilots Super Sport...nice even than the PS2. Have about 15,000km on mine and they're still mazing, look like new, excellent performance and not loud at all.

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Old 02-12-2012, 06:34 AM
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I believe you will have the same problem on any tire, though perhaps to a lesser extent on other brands. I have had cupping/feathering issues on both my non-sport E46 with go flats and non-sport E90 with run flats. Having a square setup lets me rotate. I also find that running an extra 2 psi in the front tires helps reduce the feathering/cupping.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:28 AM
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I am done with run flats. I currently have Bridgestone RE50A RFT's front and back....
Good Heavens man - you have fortitude! To have lasted as long as you have on those tires takes real character and Aussie determination.

But, there comes a time. I'll second Michelin Pilot Super Sports, as you're in relatively warm territory. But regardless of tires, for bumpy roads, you'll want Koni FSD's!
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:53 PM
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Those super sports are probably around $400 per tyre in australia, so probably won't go down that route.

I'm thinking of putting on Michelin Primacy HP. As I said I don't need super ultra mega performance :P
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:58 PM
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Primacy HP in australia for 255/40/17 - $600 each lollllllllllllllllllll
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:06 PM
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Ok, I'm going to tirerack.com and am going to ship the tyres to Aus. They are insane over here if they think I will pay the money they want :P I think I will order: Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:03 PM
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Any idea on the road feel with Conti DW vs runflats - I have read the turning is slightly softer.
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Ok, I'm going to tirerack.com and am going to ship the tyres to Aus. They are insane over here if they think I will pay the money they want :P I think I will order: Continental ExtremeContact DW
Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec....are you familiar with FSD's?
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:08 PM
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Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec....are you familiar with FSD's?
I have no idea what they are But at a quick google glance it looks like shocks ? :P
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:33 PM
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Also atm I have 4x 225/45/75, how the hell does that fit on the back when it should be 255 ? That seems like a huge gap ? The wheels are original and on the door it says the back should be 255, I'm just a little confused how they fit it, to me that is a big difference ?
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I have no idea what they are But at a quick google glance it looks like shocks ? :P

Here's info
- widely known to tame the savage ride of an E9x.

Tire Rack info too.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:35 AM
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Thanks, Ill have a look into it, but I don't really mind the harshness as I can't stand the noise of the tyres and I'm sure have non RFT's will make a huge difference to comfort as well.

Also I have BMW 158 style wheels which are not staggered apparently. WTF ? ? ? ? ? lol How did they end up on the car from factory and not be specified on the sticker where the door is. Weird ... On the positive side 225/45/17 are much cheaper then 255/40/17's :P
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Yes, 225 - 255 is a staggered fitment for the E90, but are you sure your car came with that originally. The door pillar label can list options that may not have come with the car originally.

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Old 02-13-2012, 05:05 AM
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Yes, 225 - 255 is a staggered fitment for the E90, but are you sure your car came with that originally. The door pillar label can list options that may not have come with the car originally.

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Yeah Im 99% sure they are standard almost all 325i i have seen in Aus have the same wheels. There is no way a 255 will fit if there currently
Is a 225 on the rim. So i have no idea why bmw did this. My mate has a 2007 320d and he has a staggered setup. So im a little confused
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Thanks, Ill have a look into it, but I don't really mind the harshness as I can't stand the noise of the tyres and I'm sure have non RFT's will make a huge difference to comfort as well.
Michelins are quiet. You'll bless the day you scored FSD's....so will the ladies.
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Aleks, are the rear rims wider than the fronts? If so, the original owner just replaced the 255s with 225s and you can get 255s to replace them. If not, then they are not the original rims and you're stuck with 225s.

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Anyone with DW or PSS tire have high mileage on them? I am trying to find which set would wear better, considering I believe the PSS will perform better overall. I will be running 235/35/19 front & 265/30/19 rear.
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Bear, I just measured my PSSs with 15K km / 9K mi, and they have 10/32" on them...evenly worn. I think you'd be happy with either tire, but I'm certain the PSS will give you notably better performance.

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Hi Everyone,

I am done with run flats. I currently have Bridgestone RE50A RFT's front and back with probably around 60-70% tread left. But anything over 80kph and the car starts to sound like a 4WD. (Its not wheel bearings as I changed them)

I will rather have a tyre blowout and possibly DIE, then do another long highway trip on these tyres.

So make me some recommendations I don't really care about performance, comfort is more import, the car is only a 325i, but still I don't want to something that doesn't really grip. I just don't need extreme levels of grip.

Sizes needed:
225/45/17
255/40/17

Some of my options so far:
Kumho KU31's ( The cheap option )
Conti Contacts 3
Adrenalin Potenza RE001
Pilot Sport PS2
Yokohama V550 dB

Now not to sound like a cheap ass, but I would like to spend as little as possible as I have to change all 4 tyres and considering that 90% of my driving is through traffic noise is very important.
How about Hankook's V12. They are inexpensive and are probably one of the quietest tires around.
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Anyone with DW or PSS tire have high mileage on them? I am trying to find which set would wear better, considering I believe the PSS will perform better overall. I will be running 235/35/19 front & 265/30/19 rear.
I went 20K on the rears and 25Kish on the fronts.
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Aleks, are the rear rims wider than the fronts? If so, the original owner just replaced the 255s with 225s and you can get 255s to replace them. If not, then they are not the original rims and you're stuck with 225s.

Cheers
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I seriously doubt the previous owner changed anything as he was 60 years old. I don't think the rims I have come in a staggered size, I think they are the way they are. Surely there is no way you can fit a 225 tyre on a 255 rim ????

What's the best way to measure the rim ?
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