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Old 01-12-2013, 02:04 PM
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Hi all,

Yes...this is another tire question coming but from a slightly different angle. My 2009 328i w/sport suspension is going to need tires in the next few months. I am in central Kentucky and typically only drive the car in fair weather.

All that said, the dealers I have had service done at in both Ohio and Kentucky have done a solid job of convincing me that no one but a BMW dealer can install correct tires and perform a proper alignment without doing irreparable damage. I'm sure this is BS and would love to save some cash.

Does anyone know of a non-dealer tire source who could do the right thing the right way in Lexington KY area? My plan is to dump the RFTs and carry a flat kit.

Bottom line - another dumb tire question but specific to the Lexington area (which makes it special). Thanks all.
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I did tirerack and it was awesome except... my installer (one of tire racks approved top installers) apparently stuck the toe/camber all the way out, and I had to get my baby realigned. So I wound up only saving 200 bucks instead of the 400 I had planed on (also got a rf balance).

Tires run great, you can get them installed elsewhere just know if you don't do your research [Personally I feel like I did], you might need to go back if they don't do it right. My dealer told me I could ship tirerack tires to them and they'd mount it. So I'll probably do that.


***ALSO google search some of the e90, exc. sites and maybe you'll get the name of a good tire installer in your area that other members have used. Also maybe PM a member who might be in your area, they might have some tips.

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For tires they are FOS. For the alignment dealers seem best as BMWs can apparently be a PITA to align properly.
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Agree unless you get an Indy BMW shop its best to take it to the dealer after you get your Tire Rack tires installed by a recommended installer. My installer is also a BMW only Indy shop so they can do both ends of the job if necessary
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Discount tire has done a fine job as has recommended Tire Rack shops for tire install.
Dealer is the best place for alignment but why do you need alignment?
If your tires are wearing correctly, slight negative camber meaning wearing a little faster on the inside than out you don't need it.
Tires I would recommend in your area are Pilot Sports A/S (Michelin) and you should get 40K miles out of them...
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If the old tyres don't show any adverse wear pattern I would strongly recommend to not do the alignment just put tyres on and of you go, alot of the time it is recommended to the owner and it is a line of BS aimed at getting more cash from the owner.

"It is critical to the life of the tyres you do the alignment" etc etc.

May be put up some photos showing the tread pattern/wear on the tyres and I can advise you further.

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I took my car to firestone and they seemed to do it mostly right. They tried to take a read from the steering angle sensor, but the machine was saying incompatible blah blah. When picking up my car,I pointed out that they had the wrong year listed so that could have been the reason

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Hi all,

Yes...this is another tire question coming but from a slightly different angle. My 2009 328i w/sport suspension is going to need tires in the next few months. I am in central Kentucky and typically only drive the car in fair weather.

All that said, the dealers I have had service done at in both Ohio and Kentucky have done a solid job of convincing me that no one but a BMW dealer can install correct tires and perform a proper alignment without doing irreparable damage. I'm sure this is BS and would love to save some cash.

Does anyone know of a non-dealer tire source who could do the right thing the right way in Lexington KY area? My plan is to dump the RFTs and carry a flat kit.

Bottom line - another dumb tire question but specific to the Lexington area (which makes it special). Thanks all.
OK been there done that with 6 BMWs now.

Point of fact .... the dealer sells cars .... is not cost effective selling tires.

Find yourself the best local indy tire shop.

Here in Atlanta it is Kaufman Tire.

Alignment is about $100 bucks and my guys (Kaufmann) offer lifetime along with road hazard $20 per tire and free rotation / balance.

Did I say ....."Don't buy tires from a BMW dealer".
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Hi all,

Yes...this is another tire question coming but from a slightly different angle. My 2009 328i w/sport suspension is going to need tires in the next few months. I am in central Kentucky and typically only drive the car in fair weather.

All that said, the dealers I have had service done at in both Ohio and Kentucky have done a solid job of convincing me that no one but a BMW dealer can install correct tires and perform a proper alignment without doing irreparable damage. I'm sure this is BS and would love to save some cash.

Does anyone know of a non-dealer tire source who could do the right thing the right way in Lexington KY area? My plan is to dump the RFTs and carry a flat kit.

Bottom line - another dumb tire question but specific to the Lexington area (which makes it special). Thanks all.
If you HAVE A LEASE BMW will insist that you turn in your car with BMW-approved tires with a certain minimum tread depth. Are you leasing?

As for alignment, yes, BMW has a "particular" alignment procedure which may require "ballasting" the car, or using expensive, and up-to-date alignment equipment. Nevertheless, many indy shops have invested in this equipment.

The dilemma is that if you call any alignment shop and ask them if they can align BMWs...of course all of them will say yes.
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Thank for all the input. That's what makes this forum so great! I have 30K on my original run-flats and can probably squeeze another 5K out of them 75% highway driving.

Ohio dealer did an alignment 'check' and found everything almost completely within spec. Tires have worn very uniformly although the staggered set-up didn't allow for any rotating so the outside front treads did develop some feathering. Nothing peculiar though.

I appreciate everyone's advice and will be ordering new shoes soon. Any other ideas are welcome!
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Thank for all the input. That's what makes this forum so great! I have 30K on my original run-flats and can probably squeeze another 5K out of them 75% highway driving.

Ohio dealer did an alignment 'check' and found everything almost completely within spec. Tires have worn very uniformly although the staggered set-up didn't allow for any rotating so the outside front treads did develop some feathering. Nothing peculiar though.

I appreciate everyone's advice and will be ordering new shoes soon. Any other ideas are welcome!
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Try bimrs.org or look for a decent independent shop via your local BMWCCA chapter.
I tried the Tirerack recommended thing once...not again.

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I buy my tires from Tirerack.com and then use a local indy BMW shop (all they do is BMWs and have their own machine shop to make custom parts - they are top notch).

Given that - buy your own tires, and find a good indy shop as others have said. Even BMW dealerships can damage your wheels/car when they do work...I've had my car damaged at BMW due to (you guessed it) BMW. People make mistakes and BMW employs people.
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In my case, I bought tires from TireRack (non RFT) and had the dealer install them. They charge a bit more for installation but I think the alignment was $149, which seems reasonable. When I inquired, the dealer said he'd match TireRacks prices, so perhaps yours will too? That only applies for RFTs though, since the dealer doesn't stock non-RFT (or at least mine didn't.)

I would also trust alignment jobs to a shop that deals a lot with suspension work, especially installing after market suspensions on BMWs. They'd shoot themselves in the foot if they do a shoddy job on the alignment. A lot of places have proper machines but may not follow the alignment TSB that indicates where to place weights during the alignment process.
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You need to check because dealers generally will not install non-RFT's.
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You need to check because dealers generally will not install non-RFT's.
Interesting! Mine had no qualms about doing so, but I could see how they might want to strongarm you into RFTs. Seems silly though...
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Thank for all the input. That's what makes this forum so great! I have 30K on my original run-flats and can probably squeeze another 5K out of them 75% highway driving.

Ohio dealer did an alignment 'check' and found everything almost completely within spec. Tires have worn very uniformly although the staggered set-up didn't allow for any rotating so the outside front treads did develop some feathering. Nothing peculiar though.

I appreciate everyone's advice and will be ordering new shoes soon. Any other ideas are welcome!
I have had my last 3 sets of tires installed at the Ken Towerys on Nicolasville Rd. beside Wendys. I have not had any problems. I ordered the tires from tire rack.

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You need to check because dealers generally will not install non-RFT's.
My guess is that our local dealership will not install non-runflats as they will not install any component that is not OEM.
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[QUOTE=pointandgo;7309207]If you HAVE A LEASE BMW will insist that you turn in your car with BMW-approved tires with a certain minimum tread depth. Are you leasing?

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This comment is wrong. BMW does not insist that you turn in your car with BMW approved tires with a certain minimum tread depth. What actually happens is they will charge $200 for each tire that is not a BMW approved tire with a certain minimum tread depth. For those of us with staggered 18" summer performance tires this is a bargain!!!
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As for alignment, yes, BMW has a "particular" alignment procedure which may require "ballasting" the car, or using expensive, and up-to-date alignment equipment.
I was told that the ballast was to simulate downforce on the car at 100+ mph speeds, so that the car would be best aligned at those speeds. If you don't do a lot of high speed driving, you can probably get by with an unballasted alignment.

The specs for ballasting the car are published and easy to look up. If you're concerned that your shop won't ballast the car properly, you can do it yourself before you take it for alignment. Tubs of cat litter are a good source of weight. If you have a cat, you'll use the litter eventually. If you don't, donate it to an animal rescue when you're done with it.

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I put Michelin Pilot Super Sports on my 2011 328i 6spd sedan. Had started a few Autox this past summer to learn the car, and the OEM Conti run flats were the first change to make.
TireRack had $177 pricing, $40/tire less than than most anywhere else. FANTASTIC tires!

As for alignment, dealer pricing comp'd to others @$150...so felt easiest there. Of course, whether dealer or indy, you need to ensure the tech actually doing the work knows his stuff.
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Discount tire has done a fine job as has recommended Tire Rack shops for tire install.
Dealer is the best place for alignment but why do you need alignment?
If your tires are wearing correctly, slight negative camber meaning wearing a little faster on the inside than out you don't need it.
Tires I would recommend in your area are Pilot Sports A/S (Michelin) and you should get 40K miles out of them...
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In my case, I bought tires from TireRack (non RFT) and had the dealer install them. They charge a bit more for installation but I think the alignment was $149, which seems reasonable. When I inquired, the dealer said he'd match TireRacks prices, so perhaps yours will too? That only applies for RFTs though, since the dealer doesn't stock non-RFT (or at least mine didn't.)

I would also trust alignment jobs to a shop that deals a lot with suspension work, especially installing after market suspensions on BMWs. They'd shoot themselves in the foot if they do a shoddy job on the alignment. A lot of places have proper machines but may not follow the alignment TSB that indicates where to place weights during the alignment process.
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If you HAVE A LEASE BMW will insist that you turn in your car with BMW-approved tires with a certain minimum tread depth. Are you leasing?

As for alignment, yes, BMW has a "particular" alignment procedure which may require "ballasting" the car, or using expensive, and up-to-date alignment equipment. Nevertheless, many indy shops have invested in this equipment.

The dilemma is that if you call any alignment shop and ask them if they can align BMWs...of course all of them will say yes.

What they said. If you really want to know whether a shop is going to do a perfect alignment here's a hint: They'll ask you which of the BMW alignment specs you want to use. BMW actually publishes specs for track and street and you can pick one or something in between. The best shops know exactly what every fraction of a degree does and will ensure your wheels are properly aligned.
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OK been there done that with 6 BMWs now.

Point of fact .... the dealer sells cars .... is not cost effective selling tires.

Find yourself the best local indy tire shop.

Here in Atlanta it is Kaufman Tire.

Alignment is about $100 bucks and my guys (Kaufmann) offer lifetime along with road hazard $20 per tire and free rotation / balance.

Did I say ....."Don't buy tires from a BMW dealer".
Been looking as my BMW guy retired. Thanks for the info about Kaufman. Are all Kaufman's create equal in Atlanta? Which one do you recommend?
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Bought my tires on line, threw them in the back, and took the car to a local big name tire shop. The kid behind the counter tried to strong-arm me into letting them f*#ck with my sensors. When I declined he said then they couldn't guarantee that they wouldn't break one and I would have to pay if they did. I left and took the car to the BMW dealer. SA confirmed that the sensors have an average battery life of 7 years and said to leave them alone until next time.

I relaxed in a clean comfortable waiting area with soft comfy furniture, current magazines, good coffee, doughnuts, new BMW's to peruse, and a 52" flat screen to watch. An hour and $135.00 later my car was all done without me having to fight off some pimple faced teenager trying to pile on a lot of needless add on's.

I'm going to the dealer first next time.
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I don't think you need to be scared off by the dealer telling you that only they can mount/balance/align correctly. Thats clearly not true. But I would be picky about who does these tasks for you. The person needs to have up to date equipment and know what they are doing. It really helps if they have a Hunter Road Force balancer and know how to use it. Not that you can't correctly balance a set of tires without one, but those machines help you find manufacturing defects and quickly sort out causes of vibration (such as bent wheels, out of round tires, excessive RFV, etc...) in a new set of tires. It will save you a lot of time if they do all of these checks when mounting the tires. Otherwise if you have an issue you'll likely have to come back 2 or 3 times to get it sorted and may even then have to go to a second place that has a road force machine and pay to have it done all over again. Dealers have the correct equipment and knowledge of BMWs, but other places may too. You just have to ask around.
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