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Old 08-31-2014, 06:29 AM
SLO_AERO SLO_AERO is offline
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Good Riddance, Run-Flats!

Decided the OEMs on my 2011 F10 528i (Goodyear Eagle) had served their useful life at just over 43,000 miles. I wanted to try conventional tires instead of run-flats for this go around and settled on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3. The difference is just amazing! The car is so much more quiet and supple and a bit more grip than I remember from when the OEMs were new. I've heard the newer run-flats are much better, but I'd still be hard pressed to go back after this.

Searched far and wide for the best deal and went with American Tire Depot. Between a promotion that they've got and a Michelin rebate that you have to submit for, I'll be paying just under $600, installed and insured with lifetime service.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:52 AM
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So are you hauling a spare now or just taking your chances?
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:00 PM
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Good Riddance, Run-Flats!

So, what did you do for peace of mind: Full Size Spare? Donut? Slime kit?
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:35 PM
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I'll be taking my chances in the near-term for daily drive purposes - fairly short commute on decent surface streets. I've got AAA Plus for a really severe failure if I can't limp anywhere close. I've been looking at the 3rd party compact spares and thinking that might be worth having on the occasion of a longer drive. If anybody has an opinion based on experience for how they've mitigated the risk I'd be interested to hear...
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:44 PM
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I'm soooo glad I ditched mine too. You will be pleased. Just get the mobile kit the m cars have. Even with run flats....if you are not near a BMW chances are nobody has the runflats size you need. You are screwed either way. Use the mobile kit or call bmw assist
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:46 PM
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...my thought was exactly the same regarding any given tire store in the middle of nowhere stocking a run flat of the correct size - I'd have to replace it with a conventional one anyway unless I was willing to have the car stranded.

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I'm soooo glad I ditched mine too. You will be pleased. Just get the mobile kit the m cars have. Even with run flats....if you are not near a BMW chances are nobody has the runflats size you need. You are screwed either way. Use the mobile kit or call bmw assist
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:24 AM
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Tire plug kit and air compressor from Slime. That will get you going unless someone slash your sidewalls.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:57 AM
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I bought 535i xdrive 2011 recently and just after a week I noticed a bubble on front passenger tire, I took my car to BMW dealers in Calgary and both dealerships didn't have RFT in stock and neither they could find them anywhere else, I tried all tire shops but couldn't source it, BMW dealership told me they are back ordered and they won't be able to bring any before December plus RFTs are expensive so I decided to ditch RFTs and went with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 as well and I am glad I took that decision. The ride is much smoother and comfortable. I will keep the tire repair kit in case of emergency.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:11 AM
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I put the same skins on my '09 528ix....world of difference from the Goodyear RS-A that it came with. Great choice.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:33 PM
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I'll be taking my chances in the near-term for daily drive purposes - fairly short commute on decent surface streets. I've got AAA Plus for a really severe failure if I can't limp anywhere close. I've been looking at the 3rd party compact spares and thinking that might be worth having on the occasion of a longer drive. If anybody has an opinion based on experience for how they've mitigated the risk I'd be interested to hear...
I just (July) replaced my RFT's with a non-run flat. For local, I have a can of TPMS friendly slime and an air compressor in the trunk. I also bought the mini-spare from Bimmerzone, which I plan to carry on trips that take me out of the local area.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:32 PM
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Thanks all for the Slime kit and spare feedback!
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Here is the link to the BMW mobility kit the M cars have. This kit is a compressor and has the slime built in to the kit. The picture shows it separate but it's built in. The kit is compact in a small bag with black gloves that fits in the small compartment in the trunk. http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Genuine-Fa...e+mobility+kit
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:04 AM
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Michelin Pilot Super Sport

I did the same on my 2012 535i sport pkg tires. Save a little money and improve ride. Put a tire pump, plug repair kit in the trunk. Also carry a AAA card! Works for me.
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