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Old 01-05-2015, 01:10 PM
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Bridgestone Driveguard RFTs

Anyone have pics of these Bridgestone Driveguards on an E92?
I recently purchased some BMW 313 18" wheels off of a 2011 335is and
I am looking to install a quality runflat thats provides a softer and quiter drive than the OEM potenzas.

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Old 01-05-2015, 05:36 PM
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All I know is that I have never liked a pair of Bridgestone tires I have ever had - Michelin PS2 ZP runflats are much much better, softer ride and major handling improvement - best upgrade I made to my car was to ditch the Bridgestones.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:14 PM
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I have about 700 miles on my driveguards. Softer, better handling and less noise than the OEM conti runflats.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:43 PM
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I have about 700 miles on my driveguards. Softer, better handling and less noise than the OEM conti runflats.
To replace my Turanzas, I'm trying to decide between the Drive Guards and the Potenza 960AS tires. How do the Drive Guards do in light snow?

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Old 01-05-2015, 09:19 PM
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I put the drive guards on my 09 335i about 5000 miles ago and they seem to be doing well. I like the aggressive look of the tread pattern and side walls look nice too. If you do a price comparison on other run flats that offer a 50,000 mile warranty the drive guards are a much better buy. I have not had the chance to see how they handle in snow but they do handle well on wet pavement. I vote the road guards. Price and quality,
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:01 AM
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I put the drive guards on my 09 335i about 5000 miles ago and they seem to be doing well. I like the aggressive look of the tread pattern and side walls look nice too. If you do a price comparison on other run flats that offer a 50,000 mile warranty the drive guards are a much better buy. I have not had the chance to see how they handle in snow but they do handle well on wet pavement. I vote the road guards. Price and quality,
Glad you like them. I too am considering them though not much has been written about them as I guess they're relatively new!
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:02 AM
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To replace my Turanzas, I'm trying to decide between the Drive Guards and the Potenza 960AS tires. How do the Drive Guards do in light snow?

Tom
Woke up to 3" of snow this morning. Roads are slick. They do well in snow but I have xdrive. Cornering in the snow is okay at best, but I've never had a all season that I have been comfortable with for aggressive driving in the snow. We get a lot of snow around here and if I had to do over I would probably go with snows in the winter and high performance in the summer. If I only got moderate snow fall I would go with the drive guards.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:49 AM
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Woke up to 3" of snow this morning. Roads are slick. They do well in snow but I have xdrive. Cornering in the snow is okay at best, but I've never had a all season that I have been comfortable with for aggressive driving in the snow. We get a lot of snow around here and if I had to do over I would probably go with snows in the winter and high performance in the summer. If I only got moderate snow fall I would go with the drive guards.
Thanks for the report, Calvin. We had 4" and my half worn Turanzas would not make it up my moderately graded driveway.

I went with snows and summer performance rubber for about 8 years on my E46 and since there usually wasn't enough white stuff (DC 'burbs) to make the changeovers worthwhile, I now run all-seasons.

If the drive guards will get my RWD wagon thru 3~4" of snow when necessary, I think I'll buy a set next year - luckily my street gets plowed regularly and I managed to start my snow blower to clear the driveway!

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Old 01-06-2015, 11:25 AM
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I have about 3k miles on mine Drivegaurd RTFs. Great in all weather!! I'm in NH and they have seen some snow this yr in my 2011 335 xdrive. They have a solid 60k warranty. I had michelin primacy mxm4 ZP on it before. I only got around 20k miles out of them but I never rotated them. Those had a 30k warranty. Both these tires are around the same cost on tirerack.

Anyways I'm happy with the drivegaurds so far!

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Old 01-06-2015, 04:36 PM
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I like my Driveguards. Much quieter and softer over bumpy surfaces/expansion joints than the original Bridgestones that came on the car. Can't comment on how they handle snow though.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:02 AM
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Thanks for the input fellas.
I went with the driveguards and I am really liking them.
They are softer, quieter, and handling is just as good as those rock hard OEM run flats.

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Thanks for the input fellas.
I went with the driveguards and I am really liking them.
They are softer, quieter, and handling is just as good as those rock hard OEM run flats.

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My need for new tires is rapidly approaching, so this post was very helpful. Thanks for asking the question.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:29 AM
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My need for new tires is rapidly approaching, so this post was very helpful. Thanks for asking the question.
If you're shopping Tirerack (and a lot of other on-line places) click through the link in my signature for additional specials and cash rebates ...
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Does bmw recommend an alignment when you get new tires and OEM wheels per manual spec?
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Does bmw recommend an alignment when you get new tires and OEM wheels per manual spec?
Many dealers will sell you on having an alignment periodically. In my experience, IF you are experiencing pulling when driving on a straight level road OR if you are having unusual tire wear [cupping, extreme wear - not related to improper inflation, etc] (though BMWs tend to wear rear tires on some cars) you should have your car's suspension inspected and the alignment "checked" to be sure there are no broken or worn components or that the alignment has gone out of spec. IF you have none of those conditions I'd leave well-enough alone!
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Does bmw recommend an alignment when you get new tires and OEM wheels per manual spec?
Bridgestone will require proof of alignment if you ever need to use the tire warrenty
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Well everyone, after a few months I didnt like driveguards too hard for a sports suspension vehicle I think I was going to have back problems if i continued with those tires.
I ended up switching to non-runflats Michelin Pilot Super Sports...its an ecellent tire....
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Well everyone, after a few months I didnt like driveguards too hard for a sports suspension vehicle I think I was going to have back problems if i continued with those tires.
I ended up switching to non-runflats Michelin Pilot Super Sports...its an ecellent tire....
What did you do with the driveguards?
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i returned them to discount tire free of charge. If your not satisfied with
the tire they let you return them for another tire of your chosing
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Old 03-06-2015, 03:49 PM
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If I had a sedan with non sport suspension, I could probably live with the drive guards but once you try those michelins you never go back to run flat..
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:32 PM
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If I had a sedan with non sport suspension, I could probably live with the drive guards but once you try those michelins you never go back to run flat..
You have a spare tire? If so what kind?
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Well everyone, after a few months I didnt like driveguards too hard for a sports suspension vehicle I think I was going to have back problems if i continued with those tires.
I ended up switching to non-runflats Michelin Pilot Super Sports...its an ecellent tire....
Noted.

I didn't see any 'technological leap' with the BS 'DriveGuards' compared to the (long awaited) BS RE960AS Pole Position RFT, the so-called 'newest generation' of RF tire.

The RE960AS received less than stellar marks in the Tire Racks's survey: A 'good' rating in both light and deep snow. Typical of an all season tire.

The DriveGuard (IMO) is a heavily marketed version of the RE960AS with NO technology improvements whatsoever. The Tire Rack has insufficient information on its 'rating' page to compare the two.

I couldn't even recomment a 'buy' with the DriveGuard if the price were lower vs. the RE960AS until the TireRack consumer opinions start to pile in.
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The DriveGuard (IMO) is a heavily marketed version of the RE960AS with NO technology improvements whatsoever. The Tire Rack has insufficient information on its 'rating' page to compare the two.

I couldn't even recomment a 'buy' with the DriveGuard if the price were lower vs. the RE960AS until the TireRack consumer opinions start to pile in.
At least in my size (205/55R16) I don't see the DriveGuard as a "heavily marketed version of the RE960AS" as the DriveGuard is a V rated Grand Touring A/S tire but the the 960 is an H rated UHP A/S. The two treads are noticeably dissimilar, the DriveGuard is 10% lighter and it is also more than 20% cheaper (at Tire Rack) than the 960.

While my DriveGuards have only seen about 700 miles, the handling is far better than the EL42s they replaced (admittedly a pretty low bar for comparison), the ride is now very supple (no sport suspension), and the snow performance is better than the Conti DWS rubber on my wife's FWD Ford.

Realizing that it is not a "performance" tire, I would recommend them to anyone who wants a smooth riding, inexpensive and more than competent A/S RFT.

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Noted.

I didn't see any 'technological leap' with the BS 'DriveGuards' compared to the (long awaited) BS RE960AS Pole Position RFT, the so-called 'newest generation' of RF tire.

The RE960AS received less than stellar marks in the Tire Racks's survey: A 'good' rating in both light and deep snow. Typical of an all season tire.

The DriveGuard (IMO) is a heavily marketed version of the RE960AS with NO technology improvements whatsoever. The Tire Rack has insufficient information on its 'rating' page to compare the two.

I couldn't even recomment a 'buy' with the DriveGuard if the price were lower vs. the RE960AS until the TireRack consumer opinions start to pile in.
I agree that for sport suspension E92's I would not recommend driveguards..
If you have a touring/sedan bmw you should be fine since you most likely will have a softer setup... and wont feel every road imperfection.
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