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      04-10-2008, 05:17 PM   #1
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Pulling off a RFT like pulling teeth?

Well after having my car at a tire shop for 4 hours today, they finally "realize" that they can't take off my run flat tires. I was told that it would take them about 6 hours to do take off the olds and mount and balance the new ones. Apparently they don't have the right equipment... I checked with a few other local wheel shops and none of them dealt with RFTs either.

That said, I called the BMW dealer and was quoted a price of $424 to do all 4 tires. This is my first time dealing with run flats so I didn't know if that was a reasonable price for installation or not?? Of course the dealership always charges an arm and a leg but at least you know its done the right way.

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Is there anybody in the Philadelphia area that knows of a shop that can actually do this job?
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      04-10-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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google tire shops in your area and go down the list calling them to see if they have the appropriate equipment...g'luck
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      04-10-2008, 05:42 PM   #3
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Yup runflats usually cost more to remove and install approx 50% more and you have to find the right shop with proper equipment otherwise they will refuse to work on them. Sorry cant help with the shop dont know the Philadelphia area that well.
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      04-10-2008, 06:02 PM   #4
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Is there anybody in the Philadelphia area that knows of a shop that can actually do this job?
Sorry, am not in PA, but, I know that Tirerack has suggestions for installers in different areas, perhaps their site can help
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      04-10-2008, 09:07 PM   #5
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i tried like 5 shops to get my damn rft off but all 5 refused so i ended up going to the dealership where they charged me a arm and a leg for a new tire....
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sorry but after surgically pulling 4 of my wisdom teeth i guarantee you there's nothing like pulling teeth except pulling teeth
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Getting teeth pulled aren't THAT bad.. Still pretty bad though.
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Wow. I didn't think that it was that big of a deal. Watched my tire shop pull mine off in like 2 min. Didn't seem to be a big deal.
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Had my RFT's ( 18" ) replaced by winter tires in Nov. 2007. The shop removed them without any issues, just like a normal tire.

Installing the new non-RFT 19" tires on my new rims for the summer a few weeks ago looked more difficult to me.
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Well after having my car at a tire shop for 4 hours today, they finally "realize" that they can't take off my run flat tires. I was told that it would take them about 6 hours to do take off the olds and mount and balance the new ones. Apparently they don't have the right equipment... I checked with a few other local wheel shops and none of them dealt with RFTs either.

That said, I called the BMW dealer and was quoted a price of $424 to do all 4 tires. This is my first time dealing with run flats so I didn't know if that was a reasonable price for installation or not?? Of course the dealership always charges an arm and a leg but at least you know its done the right way.

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Is there anybody in the Philadelphia area that knows of a shop that can actually do this job?
you're dealing w/ a rookie tire shop...had to repair one of my RFT's and only took the guy 5 minutes to take off and another 7 or so mins to reinstall...take it to a high-volume tire/wheel shop. they've seen and dealt w/ every type of tire/wheel.
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Well after having my car at a tire shop for 4 hours today, they finally "realize" that they can't take off my run flat tires. I was told that it would take them about 6 hours to do take off the olds and mount and balance the new ones. Apparently they don't have the right equipment... I checked with a few other local wheel shops and none of them dealt with RFTs either.

That said, I called the BMW dealer and was quoted a price of $424 to do all 4 tires. This is my first time dealing with run flats so I didn't know if that was a reasonable price for installation or not?? Of course the dealership always charges an arm and a leg but at least you know its done the right way.

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Is there anybody in the Philadelphia area that knows of a shop that can actually do this job?
$424 is absolutely insane. A local shop took off my RFT and put on my winters for $50. They were done in $45 minutes. I'll have to say the $50 they charged was dirt cheap and I would have paid $100, but $424 is just f'n wrong. Find another shop. There has to be a place in your area that can handle RFTs.
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You are right, there are newer equipment designed to specifically remove RFTs and most BMW dealers should have them. Also if you remove and mount the same RFTs a few times, they have been known to crack on the sides due to the very hard rubber. Hence BMW doesn't recommend repairs on punctured RFTs but replacements.
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agreed, $424 is nuts. . . thats even too much for the mounting and balancing with a 4 wheel alignment.

I avoid my dealer at all costs since they seem to screw something up every time they touch my car (they scratched a wheel near the valve stem when the did a 4 wheel alignment). That being said, see if you can find a local corvette club and ask when they get their wheel/tire work done since they have been using runflats for a bit longer than BMWs. Thats what I did and I found a shop that charges $180. Before anyone flames about how high this price is, the guy has all of the top of the line hunter mounting/balancing equipment. He was so meticulous I even tipped him. Another plus is he lets the customers in the shop with him while he works.

Even if they have runflat capable mounting equipment, it is still up to the technician to properly use it to avoid scratching the rim.
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This just tires store in Cherry Hill does RFT. If they are not too far from you, give them a call (856)665-7917
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