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#2771 of 3108 my $0.02 worth [ ride ]
Dec 16, 2010 (11:51 am)
My experience with run flats on a BMW 3 is confined to 4 or 5 test drives [ I did have run flats on my 2007 Corvette Coupe – for 30,000+ miles ] but I do have one observation:
My impression of the 335iS Coupe’s ride quality, even with the very low profile 19” tires [ P225/35R19 front & P255/30R19 rear run-flat performance tires ] is that BMW has quite dramatically improved in this area.
My reading on various BMW-focused forums suggests that others have experienced similar findings.
After driving 335s on previous occasions, and noting the harshness of the run flats under certain conditions, the 2 times I have been able to test drive a 2011 335iS Coupe surprised me in how civilized the ride was.
Apparently the 3 has recently received revised suspension tuning [ different dampers, at least ] and this may be the \ one result.
Planning European Delivery of a 335iS next year . . .
#2772 of 3108 Finally replaced RFT with Continental DWS
Jan 01, 2011 (6:31 pm)
My 2nd set of RFT lasted over 63k miles (thread wise, not noise wise).
I took the plunge to switch to non-RFT and bought the green goo w/pump from Amazon as backup. I have only driven 20 miles on them locally so cannot and later noticed the shop filled it to 35psi. So far so good I haven't noticed the Lexus like ride but it's less noisy for sure. It's half the price for a set of 4 than RFT.
#2773 of 3108 Re: Finally replaced RFT with Continental DWS [Firebird_EOU]
Jan 05, 2011 (9:11 am)
Great discussion, wish I could read it all.
Here is my simple situation.
I have a 2004 325xi wagon with a spare well. I have an option to buy a set of gently used rims and all season Bridgestone RFT tires for a very good price.
These will be my "winter" tires for Texas.
So, if I have a spare of the same size, what are my concerns?
#2774 of 3108 Re: Finally replaced RFT with Continental DWS [texas_bmw]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 05, 2011 (10:43 am)
Well presuming they never run on snow, then that's okay. RFTs don't make very good winter tires but they might be okay as "winter" tires And I hope you have a good mega-watt sound system.
#2775 of 3108 Re: Finally replaced RFT with Continental DWS [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 05, 2011 (12:00 pm)
You mean MEGA MEGA watt system….and earplugs.
#2776 of 3108 Re: Finally replaced RFT with Continental DWS [reggie6]
Jan 05, 2011 (12:02 pm)
We just put our order in for the new 535 x drive, comes standard with RFTS…hope we still have some traction in the snow. Our 2008 535xi was great with the "gets flats" tires!
#2777 of 3108 Re: Finally replaced RFT with Continental DWS [reggie6]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 05, 2011 (12:09 pm)
When I had RFTs on my MINI, I used to play trucker's songs so that I could imagine I was driving an 18 wheeler, to match the tire noise.
#2778 of 3108 Bridgestone RE050A II on ZSP equipped cars
Jan 08, 2011 (9:18 am)
I have a 2006 325i with sport suspension. I replaced the Bridgestone RE050A II tires for the first time last year (I only have 39,000 miles on my car and swap to Blizzak LM22s for winter use). The replacement tires are quite transformed from the originals -- much more supple and less prone to tram-lining. Expansion joints which used to bang through the chassis on the orginals are much less of an issue now.
I was less impressed with the 17" Contis on a 4WD (X-drive) 328i I had as a loaner recently.
#2779 of 3108 Anyone get a compact spare and jack from the dealer?
Jan 09, 2011 (10:26 am)
I see that most people in this forum who switched from RFT to GFT seems to go with goo or something else to provide a temporary fix of a GFT. Anyone get an actual compact spare/donut and jack to keep in the trunk?
I assume we'd have to get it from BMC to make sure it fits (both the wheel/tire size and the jack).
If you've done this, please comment on the price BMW charged and how much trunk space it took up. TY
#2780 of 3108 Re: Anyone get a compact spare and jack from the dealer? [taxesquire]
Jan 09, 2011 (5:36 pm)
me, I did. I put run flats on my 09 335ix at 26000 miles and one rim was cracked after hitting a pothole that required a new tire. I bought the jack kit from circle bmw in New Jersey for about $147. inc shipping. I had the cracked wheel fixed and the new run flat mounted on it. What a pleasure. I can hear the radio, the phone and the wind noise from the windshield. The car rides better too.