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      10-04-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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Why are tires for the E90 335 sport models so few?

OK, run flat tires have a bad rep for the last couple of years. My 335i Sedan, with the sport package, came with the Bridgestone Potenzas 50 series run flats.

Like people have complained, they are harsh, and give the car a hard ride. Having said this, I have read that the new 60 series All Season Bridgestone run flat 3rd generation tires are much better.

I want to stay with a RFT because it is just more peace of mind since this is also a family car, so I don't want to go to a non-rft even though at the end of the day they are cheaper and give better performance.

And here's my question: Why are there so few choices for the sport package staggered 335i RWD sizes? Basically RFT are OEM from BMW, but if you want to find a winter or all season RFT there are very little choices available - and the all season Bridgestones seem to always be on back order.

What gives? I'm trying to see if the Pirelli winter performance tires for this car are any good, and how the newer Bridgestones are.

Is anyone else sort of lost with the lack of information and choices for run flat tires?
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      10-05-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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OP declares that he is looking for an all-season, runflat tire.

Forum responds by advising him to get summer-only non-runflats.

Sounds about right.
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probably because when people look for replacement tires, they buy non-RFT because it is cheaper and offer better handling and ride quality.
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I want to stay with a RFT because it is just more peace of mind since this is also a family car, so I don't want to go to a non-rft even though at the end of the day they are cheaper and give better performance.

And here's my question: Why are there so few choices for the sport package staggered 335i RWD sizes? Basically RFT are OEM from BMW, but if you want to find a winter or all season RFT there are very little choices available
#1. 255/35 is rather aggressive
#2. you already know the answer... you're looking only at run-flat type tires. the majority of tires are non-rft.
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Given your climate, I would bite the bullet and run some non-staggered all seasons November thru March in 225/45R17 and then run the staggered performance tires the rest of the year. If you keep the car several years, the cost is basically absorbed by the tires lasting so much longer.
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Conti DWS. They are non-RFT, but get an emergency inflation kit. Those tires are sh!t for all-seasons.
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I just put on the new Bridgestone RE960AS run flats, generation III. I love them! The ride is great. Give them a try before you convert to standard.
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OP declares that he is looking for an all-season, runflat tire.

Forum responds by advising him to get summer-only non-runflats.

Sounds about right.
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I am in the same boat, I currently have a 2009 335xi with the 4 x 225/45r17 stock run-flats. I am looking for aftermarket 18" wheels in 225/40r18 and 255-265/35r18 run-flats.

I don't mind the RFT stiffer ride. Handles just fine for me, and NJ roads are the lunar surface I too prefer the safety net of RFT.
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It's cheaper to buy non-RFT and a tire in a bag kit.
RFT are toast if you drive more than a couple of miles or so with them flat.
To save the tire, you need to not drive on it.
Also if you are stuck on a long trip, you will wait 3 days while they source the RFT that nobody stocks.

The safest thing is a spare.

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I disagree. The safest thing is to reduce crashes caused by blowouts, pull over, and call BMW assist and wait for a tow. If spares were cost effective, we'd all have that $399 BMW spare tire kit come stock instead of RFT's.

While I've driven on flat RFT's for longer than a few miles with no problems (and generally if it's blown and I'm driving on it, it's getting replaced anyway), I don't view their value solely in being able to drive to a gas station to plug/fix them. I also view it as RFT's help me maintain control of the vehicle during what could be a dangerous blowout.
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Anyone know why these bridgestone re60as tires are taking so long to get in stock in the 18 inch staggered sizes? Says November but who knows on tire rack.
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I just put on the new Bridgestone RE960AS run flats, generation III. I love them! The ride is great. Give them a try before you convert to standard.
If you go this way, make sure you don't get old gen1 re960. They were an embarrassment to themselves, and at this point would have been stored on shelf for much too long.

Also if you care about snow, smaller tires give better grip on snow, so a square 225 or 215 setup (if your wheels allow) is not a bad idea. A set a 17 inch cheap winter wheels is also a possibility.
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OK guys, I'm getting a little bit frustrated. I really would like to have RFT, especially considering since the new generation ones like the RE60AS Bridgestones are supposed to be better.

Problem: I just can't find them for my staggered 18 inch 335i sport sedan setup. The back tires are always on back order on tirerack, and I'm having trouble finding them else where. Any idea where I can get them?

I don't want to go non-RFT, so these are my best bet as I can use them through the winter and then the rest of the year. I don't need super snow tires, just safe performance in colder weather.
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      11-11-2012, 03:14 AM   #18
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There is limited selection because there is avery limited market.
You are pretty much stuck with Bridgestones or a few other brands. There just isn't enough market to justify the R&D for a new RFT in the sizes for a Sport Package e90.

I'm going 19" non-RFT as soon as I can.
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If I do eventually get the re60as in the staggered rft size, what happens if I need to replace one in the future? They seem to be perpetually back ordered, so it'd be tough to get one unless I bought extra.

Anywhere else aside from tirerack I can get them?
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