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    Hi all,

    Just joined as I found all the info on here very interesting! I got my 135i last November and love it. Well except the exceptionally hard ride over bumps! Took me some tracking down to find one with the right options specified. See the pic if you would like.

    I am currently looking to find out if Dunlop SP01 Run Flats are a better choice than the Bridgestone RE050As (particularly with respect to bumps & potholes) so will be browsing existing information.

    Just got an egg on a front tyre after hitting a pothole and needing 2 new rears soon hence the tyre research.

    For interest I fitted some Nokian WRG2 winter tyres on 17" rims last winter and they were fantastic - the double-takes I had from people when I was flying past them (relatively) was immense.

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    Welcome to the forum Dave

    That's a sweet car
    Not had experience of run flats myself, but from what I've read I don't think you'll be much better off ride-comfort wise with run flats.
     
     

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    Mice motor mate and welcome to the forum.

    I used to have the 123D coupe and loved it.

    As for the runflats, the general consensus is that people replace them with normal tyres and have found it provides a much better ride quality. If your worried about not carrying a spare tyre you could either invest in a space saver or some Tyre foam that fills up the tyre when you get a puncture.

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    Thanks guys for your comments & welcome

    I'm really in 2 minds about changing to non-RFT, I like the intention of them if only the ride wasn't as firm as it is on bumps. Perhaps I need to drive it like a motorbike and avoid every bump! I drove a 118d with 50 profile RFTs on and they were fine, but these 35/40 profile ones are so different.

    My last car was a 320td compact which had Continental Sport Compact 3's on (non-RFT) which I thought were brilliant, I loved how they made it drive! Guess I'm answering my question here... maybe!!

    I'm thinking that I need to check out what BMW do space-saver wise, also would need to buy a jack. I don't fancy the tyre gunk stuff unless anyone thinks that's foolish..? I imagine them making a big mess of the wheels internally but perhaps that shouldn't be a concern - any advice appreciated!

    Also wondering if a change to non-RFT would be classed as a modification and therefore about car warranty and insurance.

    Dogsoldier - I strongly considered the 123d but had last diesel for 4 years and could just stretch to the 135i. Think the engine sound and 5k rpm+ pull clinched it!

    Cheers again
     
     

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    Yeah I can imagine it pulls like a train.

    As for the tyre gunk Its only a solution if you have a flat to get you home really. Not something you can keep running on. Its just that piece of mind if you do change to non-runflats.

    I think you will enjoy the car more on non-runflats.

    As an example here is a space saver kit on ebay. Comes with a chock, jack and tyre all in one package. All for the price of one runflat im thinking.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Genuine-BMW-Sp...item2c5c0bbf67
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    Cheers, I'm thinking of going non-rft & also slightly larger size, 225/40 18 fronts and 255/35 18 rears. I've read a few people are running them and the sizes give miles more choice, and cheaper, and more grip, and better ride!! Also going to search for a space saver etc as your example but as I have a set of winter 17" wheels I might just keep one of them with me, and buy a jack and a wrench. Cheers!
     
     

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    I have a E92 335i auto that originally came with RE050a runflats and changed them originally to Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics 225/40/18 & 255/35/18, they totally transformed the car - ride and road noise in particular. If you go for Y rated and XLs it allows you to play with tyre pressures to suit your driving.

    I have a Continental comfortkit (tyre compressor and sealant combined) in the boot, which is far better and 1/2 the price of the BMW M Mobility kit.

    The Goodyears are probably 65% of the cost of runflats, however I have recently changed to Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas after being so impressed with the Vredestein Wintrac Extreme winter tyre. The Sessantas are as good as the Goodyear but again at about 65% of the cost of the Goodyear. 255/35/18 have just cost me £110 each - an amazing bargain!
     
     

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    Well worth changing to non RFT's. I ran Continental SC3's and SC5's on my E93 and it was a revelation after the Bridgestone RE050's which are fine when they don't have the dreaded three letters after them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj2810 View Post
    I have a E92 335i auto that originally came with RE050a runflats and changed them originally to Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics 225/40/18 & 255/35/18, they totally transformed the car - ride and road noise in particular. If you go for Y rated and XLs it allows you to play with tyre pressures to suit your driving.

    I have a Continental comfortkit (tyre compressor and sealant combined) in the boot, which is far better and 1/2 the price of the BMW M Mobility kit.

    The Goodyears are probably 65% of the cost of runflats, however I have recently changed to Vredestein Ultrac Sessantas after being so impressed with the Vredestein Wintrac Extreme winter tyre. The Sessantas are as good as the Goodyear but again at about 65% of the cost of the Goodyear. 255/35/18 have just cost me £110 each - an amazing bargain!
    Thanks a lot for the info - reckon another month out of my re050's yet but gee that price for the vredestein tyres is immense - where from if u don't mind?! Will check out that kit too, thanks!
     
     

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