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Old 07-04-2019, 12:12 AM
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F07 tires recommendation?

Hello

I understand it has been asked before, but do most of you guys ditch the run flat tires when getting new tires? I have a 528GT and it came with Pirelli P7 RTF but I really did not like the ride quality and the driving experience of it.

Since its about time to get new tires now, I am thinking of ditching the run flat and get the non run flat instead. I am sure the drive and ride quality will improve. However, that means there will be no spare tires and the only option left is the get a toll truck if there is a severe leak or flat tire?

My car comes with 245/50R18 which is quite an odd size which only left me a few choices, which are: The Continental Sport Contact 5 (CSC5), the Pirelli P7 non runflat version (If there is any) and the Bridgestone T005.

Have anyone got any experience among these tires? or is there any recommendations?

Thank you very much in advance!
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Old 07-08-2019, 02:57 PM
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Michelin makes a run on flat (the distance you can go when flat depends on the car loading and may not be the same as a true RFT) that has a softer sidewall in that size. That's what I ended up with on mine.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:06 AM
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So how are the Michelins? My dealer is saying if I want off the Pirelli PZERO, the Michelin PRIMACY 3ZP is the RFT alternative. They have a slightly lower wear rating so I'm wondering why I would switch. What say you? Is ride better?
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:43 PM
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there are many variables to factor in here.
I had factory 19's with Bridgestone RFT's and it was pretty unbearable but I live in NYC and drove a 530 with 18" Pirellis non-run flat.
Runflats are the way to go if your area has good roads however if the roads are bad get rid of them ASAP they bent all of my rims.
I actually got 20's and Michelin AS3's or AS4's can't remember but the ride difference was night and day
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:47 PM
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To OP, my F30 came with Pirelli P7 A/S RFT, and the replacement was Bridgestone Driveguard A/S RFT, which is much better than P7 in terms of ride quality and quietness.
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Old 10-01-2019, 03:12 PM
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Changed out my factory RFs on the way to sons college. Had blow out on one tire and limped to tire shop. Sidewall to tread connection separated with a prod date of 4816 with over 4/32 left at lowest point. Mech showed me the other three with over 5/32 at lowest point also beginning to separate with newer prod dates. The frts had up to 7/32 left. Installed a set of Conti Pure Contacts NRFs and it felt like I was sitting on a pillow. I have a Pro tire repair kit in the trunk along with tire inflator.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:39 AM
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According to the shopbmwusa.com/accessories website, for my 2014 F07, the choices (by decreasing price) are
Pirelli PZERO RFT XL BW
Pirelli PZERO RUNFLAT XL BW
Goodyear Eagle LS2 ROF XL BW
Bridgstone Turanza EL42 RFT
Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT DSST
Bridgstone Potenza s001 RFT
Goodyear Excellence ROF XL

I had factory installed PZEROs for 40K miles and was tired of how fast they wore out. Dealer recommended Michelin Primacy 3 ZP run flats which are 240AA rated. Not much of a difference with the PZEROs at 220AA. We'll see ....
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:33 AM
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I had factory installed PZEROs for 40K miles and was tired of how fast they wore out. Dealer recommended Michelin Primacy 3 ZP run flats which are 240AA rated. Not much of a difference with the PZEROs at 220AA. We'll see ....
40K miles on an UHP tire of any "brand" / type (RFT-NRFT) is actually quite good. Not "terrific" but quite good. Most likely due to proper inflation, good alignment, conservative driving, good roads. Count yourself amongst the fortunate.

I'd typically see 30,000+ miles unless that last few 32nds of tire tread comes during winter driving months. Then it's time to replace with tires with ample tread.
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:45 AM
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Hello

I understand it has been asked before, but do most of you guys ditch the run flat tires when getting new tires? I have a 528GT and it came with Pirelli P7 RTF but I really did not like the ride quality and the driving experience of it.

Since its about time to get new tires now, I am thinking of ditching the run flat and get the non run flat instead. I am sure the drive and ride quality will improve. However, that means there will be no spare tires and the only option left is the get a toll truck if there is a severe leak or flat tire?

My car comes with 245/50R18 which is quite an odd size which only left me a few choices, which are: The Continental Sport Contact 5 (CSC5), the Pirelli P7 non runflat version (If there is any) and the Bridgestone T005.

Have anyone got any experience among these tires? or is there any recommendations?

Thank you very much in advance!
I've stuck with the RFTs on my BMWs and have had them since my early '20s 7-series. I also run them @ +3psi over recommended pressures so the ride (ESPECIALLY ON OUR CRAPPY ROADS) is not boulevard smooth. And my recent BMWs have had 40 aspect ratio tires (245/40x19" on the 540xDrive) or even more low profile (Our X1 MSport has 40 & 35 aspect 19's). All are RFTs and I've been fortunate not to have been left on the side of the road due to punctures or pothole damage.

If your normal driving conditions make road-side repairs awkward or even dangerous, RFTs might be the way to go. If you are comfortable handling the situations that require a puncture repair or wheel/tire removal-replacement AND have the necessary tools - spare - jack ... OR reliable AAA / ETC Road Service you can make that call.

For me - I don't and will continue with the RFT fitment. There is good news - They have been steadily improving wear, ride comfort, handling etc.

Check the review and road tests at TireRack for helpful info.

Where you buy is up to you. I've had very good success with Price-Competitiveness at my BMW dealer. And they are ULTRA-CAREFUL removing and reinstalling them. Other shops may NOT be as diligent or may NOT have the proper equipment and trained staff to handle the task!!
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:43 AM
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40K miles on an UHP tire of any "brand" / type (RFT-NRFT) is actually quite good.
I did not mean to say I got 40K on one set of PZEROs. It was more like 3 sets.
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Old 10-06-2019, 12:59 PM
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I did not mean to say I got 40K on one set of PZEROs. It was more like 3 sets.
YIKES

That's horrible !!
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