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      03-21-2008, 08:08 AM   #1
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New Summers Need Advice

Drive a 2006 325i Sport Package. I despise the OEM Bridgestones. Very uncomfortable ride....I love the look of the wider tires but do not like the RFT's, too harsh a ride. Any suggestions would be great. Bought my winter rims and Dunlops through tirerack and very much like that set up. Thinking of getting new shoes before taking the winters off.

Are there any RFT's that favour ride quality over performance? Or should I simply go for a set of non RFT's?

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I have a set of Michelin PS2 ZP (runflats) that will be installed sometime next week. They are the replacement to the Bridgestone RE050. I will let you know how they compare when they are installed. I am expecting a slight increase in ride, moderate increase in grip and a slight reduction in tread noise.

The Bridgestones never really bothered me with respect to the ride. The only real shortcomming I have found with these tires is wet traction. You must remember that 1) you drive a 3 series with the sport package so your suspension is less than forgiving and 2) low profile UHP summer tires are not designed for comfort. Sure some ride better than others, but these tires compromise comfort for ultimate grip and responsiveness

Right now I have the Goodyear Eagle F1 All Seasons on my car (just for the winter months) since there are no RFT avail in stock sizes. My car rode MUCH better, however, I lost a bit of steering responsiveness and on center feel. Of course I lost some traction, but this was to be expected going away from the softer UHP summer tread. Bottom line, my wife loves my car without the runflats (background my wife drives a volvo), I love my car with the runflats (background, this is my 2nd 3 series in 5 years).
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Thanks I understand your point about the stiffer suspension with the Sport Package but it still seems the Bridgestones were too harsh. Especially now that I have experienced my winter Dunlops which are far better. I look forward to hearing from you.

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