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Old 08-26-2016, 06:17 AM
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04 x5 4.4i - Do you rotate the tires?

I bought this 04' x5 4.4i in March of this year, and the guy that had it since new had just put new tires from Tire Rack on the car (18" all around) and then had them shipped and put on and aligned at our local BMW. I read on xoutpost that BMW doesn't recommend rotating the tires. I also had the ball joints replaced a little over 2 months ago on this so should I get them rotated and aligned now? Maybe just an alignment? The tires are nice, and I'd like to keep them that way by doing the right thing for my baby Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:49 AM
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This will end up being your call.

When you have a "square" set-up (same tire & wheel size on each corner)...you can easily rotate them.

But as you already mentioned...BMW doesn't recommend tire rotation...neither square nor staggered (obviously) set-up. Note the difference between "recommended" & "required". One is a "suggestion", the other a "must do":

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Old 08-26-2016, 03:38 PM
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Great Info thanks!
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Old 08-26-2016, 03:54 PM
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In re BMW alignment. BMW alignment specifications are so wide as to be satisfactory for anyone, from drifter-boyz, to racer-boyz, to stingy grandpas like me.

YOU must tell the mechanic to what precise numbers you want the BMW aligned. To do that YOU must know what you want accomplished by the alignment, and what effect your requested alignment numbers will have on your objective.

My X5 is aligned to 0.02 toe-in and camber adjusted mid-range balanced left and right for all four wheels. I will hopefully maximize mileage.

ATM they're OE Bridgestone AS RFT. When those are gone they will be replaced with Nokian Weatherproof SUV based on my ten years of experience with Hakkaplittas.
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