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Old 11-15-2012, 06:43 PM
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yet another tire thread...

...and yes I did search

I'm considering putting some 16" wheels and tires on my wife's 2007 328xi wagon to soften up the ride.

It has sport package w/ 225 45 17 RFT square set up currently. It eats tires like they are oreos, and of course it will rattle your kidneys on a rough road.

I've rotated, and done alignment to fight tire wear, but It seem like I'm always buying two tires every 6 months.

I want to stay with RFTs for safety/mobility since it's her car

Any suggestions on a decent 16" all season RTFs? Big performance is not an issue.

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:08 PM
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...and yes I did search

I'm considering putting some 16" wheels and tires on my wife's 2007 328xi wagon to soften up the ride.

It has sport package w/ 225 45 17 RFT square set up currently. It eats tires like they are oreos, and of course it will rattle your kidneys on a rough road.

I've rotated, and done alignment to fight tire wear, but It seem like I'm always buying two tires every 6 months.

I want to stay with RFTs for safety/mobility since it's her car

Any suggestions on a decent 16" all season RTFs? Big performance is not an issue.

Thank You!
In my humble opinion, only a professional (tire company) test driver would notice the difference between a 17" and 16" (ride/vibration) tire on a normal road surface. You'll be spending a huge amount of money for a minimal amount of return.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:37 PM
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In my humble opinion, only a professional (tire company) test driver would notice the difference between a 17" and 16" (ride/vibration) tire on a normal road surface. You'll be spending a huge amount of money for a minimal amount of return.
I agree. I would change shocks instead. I'm surprised you're going through tires so quickly. Do you maintain proper tire pressures and are you sure your alignment is OK? Was it done at the dealer or at an independent?

Going through tires every 6 months makes no sense at all. Something is wrong, unless someone has a very heavy foot on the gas pedal?

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:00 PM
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If you want it to ride better get rid of the run flats. i just put my winter 17 inch run flats on and compared to the 18 inch PSll summer non-run flats the car rides like crap.
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