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Replacing BMW tyres - change to standard from runflats?

Hello,

I wish to order replacement summer tyres on my 3 series touring, will get them online from Reifendirect (best price).

Question to those in the know: is it best to stick to run-flat tyres or could I take this as an opportunity to replace with standard tyres? Just asking as I hear that standard tyres offer a more comfy ride... but i have no idea about compatability with my alloys / rims that take standard run-flats. Have sent an email to Reifendirect, waiting for reply. Thought i'd check on here in case others have experience..

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Re: Replacing BMW tyres - change to standard from runflats?

Also, these are what was recommended by the main dealer. Any suggestions on alternative options highly appreciatesd (2010 325d touring)

Continental ContiSportContact 2 SSR 225/45 R17 91W, runflat
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Re: Replacing BMW tyres - change to standard from runflats?

You can have normal tyres on run-flat rims but no run-flat tyres on regular rims. check with your dealer.
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Re: Replacing BMW tyres - change to standard from runflats?

I have a 3 series too and also thought about switching to regulars at the time when I had to change tyres.

I considered it for about erm 5 minutes before I decided to stick with run flats. The cost on Reifendirect wasn’t at all that different and considering you have to buy a compressor and the liquid to be able to use regular tyres it wasn’t worth the hassle for me.
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Re: Replacing BMW tyres - change to standard from runflats?

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I have a 3 series too and also thought about switching to regulars at the time when I had to change tyres.

I considered it for about erm 5 minutes before I decided to stick with run flats. The cost on Reifendirect wasn’t at all that different and considering you have to buy a compressor and the liquid to be able to use regular tyres it wasn’t worth the hassle for me.

After some more digging around on the net I arrive at the following understanding: handling, noise and road comfort (and possibly rolling resistance / economy) is better with standard tyres vs. run flats. BUT, most of the info I found is from UK and US-based drivers where the roads arent exactly buttery smooth. I have never had the misfortune of a puncture, but dont want to tempt fate. Anwyay, has all this research online helped?? nope!! I am still on the fence about it.. I guess i wasn't complaining about ride comfort etc. before needing to change tyres, so might just stick to the run flats.
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Re: Replacing BMW tyres - change to standard from runflats?

On my previous BMW I did the change...however, that car was fitted with a spare wheel, so it was less of a risk.


I must say that the difference was marked. Really quite a bit different and no crashing over bumps etc. I believe the originals were Dunlop and the replacements Continentals.


I currently have Pirelli runflats on my X5. I was really dissapointed with original tyres. (Dunlop, I think) After not that may kms, the tread wore in such a way (Like a saw tooth) that the tyres created such a drone that I replaced them, eventhough they were still absolutely fine. BMW said this was common with these tyres. (sorry, a bit off topic!)


Anyway, I think that the cost and comfort of non runflats make a compelling argument.
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