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    e90: winter run-flat tires wisdom needed

    Anybody wants to share some wisdom re: winter run-flat tires for e90 in Alberta? Ouestions that come to mind: where, when (on and off), how much, what type, dos and don'ts...




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    Re: e90: winter run-flat tires wisdom needed

    No one?!

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    I don't know what are available for run flat

    winters. Do you have specific tires in mind? Run flats are going to sacrifice some performance but that shouldn't matter in winter tires.

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    Re: e90: winter run-flat tires wisdom needed

    BMW Canada sells pre-mounted packages on 16" steel rims and 17" alloy rims, with Blizzak tires. These would be packages that BMW has tested for use on the E90, it does not mean it is you only choice. Your local Dealer can help you with these.
    Regarding when to put them on.. if they are mounted on another set of rims and you are up to it, you can install them yourself on the first day it snows (or sooner would be better), same for removing them. Because winter tires are a 'softer' tire compound, they will wear quicker on 'dry roads', so you don't want to put them on too soon or take them off too late - otherwise they won't last very long.

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    Re: e90: winter run-flat tires wisdom needed

    Thanks!

    Is there a really good reason to have them with the rims instead of changing only tires? Four new rims (Allow 17')... it feels somehow as if I am going to pay triple for a set of tires.

    I also am aware about Michelin run-flats (Alpin P2) (I believe that Bizzaks are run-flat too). Do you have any insight into which are better (from any speculative or subjective point of view)?

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    eventually the tire shop will scratch your rims,

    that is one reason to have two sets. And if you work out the costs it is not that bad when you factor in how much they charge you every time you swap them. If you keep them for a few years it almost makes sense.

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    Re: eventually the tire shop will scratch your rims,

    Good point. Thank you. Do you personally use winter tires? Do you have any opinion regarding brands?

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    Thank you, guys! Great insights.


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