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      02-20-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Swap RFT for Non RFT?

I have the stock 18" sport rims on my 20111 335 coupe and it's time for me to change my tires. I have 225/240 in the front and 255/235 in the back. It is outrageously expensive to change the RFT on my car the guy quoted me about 1600 dollars with install. I asked him if we could put non RFT on it and he said he didn't recommend it due to the fact that "all the driving performance from the factory goes right out the window" is this true? I hear that running non RFT will be much much more comfortable, yet I don't want the car to drive completely different. Is it a good idea to go ahead and get non RFT on my car, and if so could you guys recommend some good ones tires? Thanks.
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      02-20-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Yes. Conti DWs or DWSs if you want all seasons. Hankooks. Nokians. Michelins. Go to TireRack and take a look.

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By the way, how did you go through tires that quickly?
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      02-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #3
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I just did mine today. I have a 2007e92.. with run flats... I put 20k on them and it was pretty bad. After doing some research ive decided to do the non-run flat thing... I replaced it with Micheline pilot super sport... The reviews ive read are pretty amazing about the super sport tires.. check them out if ur seriously considering a change!
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      02-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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the e9x was indeed designed for RFTs, the extent to which using non-rft's affects performance is highly debatable. I've driven the car with both rfts and non-rfts. The non-rfts have a better/comfy ride, good handling. The RFTs are louder and harsher, but there is no question they turn-in better and handle very well. That and they have the inherent benefits of being a RFT... ie no need to worry about a flat putting you out on the emergency lane in the middle of nowhere.
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      02-20-2012, 07:44 PM   #5
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For summer I have yokohama s drives for my 19"s- they serve me quite well.
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      02-20-2012, 07:46 PM   #6
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I just did mine today. I have a 2007e92.. with run flats... I put 20k on them and it was pretty bad. After doing some research ive decided to do the non-run flat thing... I replaced it with Micheline pilot super sport... The reviews ive read are pretty amazing about the super sport tires.. check them out if ur seriously considering a change!
How is the turn in with them?
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Both of my cars have been on non-runflats within a year of purchase. Never looked back, and they handle as good or better than runflats. Unless you're going to track your car every weekend, you're not going to need stiff-sidewall racing tires, and you won't notice that much difference. 3rd Generation runflats are better, but I'll take the $400 per set difference in price and put that towards something else.
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Both of my cars have been on non-runflats within a year of purchase. Never looked back, and they handle as good or better than runflats. Unless you're going to track your car every weekend, you're not going to need stiff-sidewall racing tires, and you won't notice that much difference. 3rd Generation runflats are better, but I'll take the $400 per set difference in price and put that towards something else.
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E92: Conti Extreme Contact DW, 18" 235/40 F, 265/35 R
E88: Bridgestone RE760, 18" 225/40 F, 245/35 R

Really like going up 1 size on the E92 - far better ride, more grip.
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I just did mine today. I have a 2007e92.. with run flats... I put 20k on them and it was pretty bad. After doing some research ive decided to do the non-run flat thing... I replaced it with Micheline pilot super sport... The reviews ive read are pretty amazing about the super sport tires.. check them out if ur seriously considering a change!
I also got the Michelin Pilot SS...couldn't be happier.
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What if you have the stock 16" wheels? I am going to have to change the tires on them soon but I would imagine the ride may turn into a Lincoln Continental with nonRFTs. Want to upgrade wheels to 19s but the funds are going to other non-car things. Anyone put nonRFTs( besides winter tires) on their 16s. I know that the RFTs are not as expensive on the 16s, just curious.
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What if you have the stock 16" wheels? I am going to have to change the tires on them soon but I would imagine the ride may turn into a Lincoln Continental with nonRFTs. Want to upgrade wheels to 19s but the funds are going to other non-car things. Anyone put nonRFTs( besides winter tires) on their 16s. I know that the RFTs are not as expensive on the 16s, just curious.
I'm putting on TRMotorsport MT1 18's which is an upgrade from my 16's. I just have to wait till May because they are back-ordered. I'm getting them with Super sports of course. I was going to go with DWS but from what I heard from those that drive aggressively, is that the side walls are too soft. Hopefully not a problem for the super sports.

My winter tires are giving me nightmares that I will forever have a soft and unresponsive car.
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Thanks guys I decided to go with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports! I'll update later with an initial review
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Thanks guys I decided to go with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports! I'll update later with an initial review
You will NOT be disappointed with your choice. The PSS tires ride great and have incredible grip. I've only had mine on the car for a week and I'm so glad I made the change...
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