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19" runflats on a 335i

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:01 pm    Post subject: 19" runflats on a 335i Reply with quote

Some advice please. A friend has a 335i cabrio, possibly 08 (non Alpina). She is thinking of changing her tyres to a smaller rim without runflats as she has had 6 new tyres in 18 months (not sure if this was wear or down to punctures)
What are the issues to address if she goes down to 18" non-runflats? Could she go to 17" rims?

Knowing the expertise on the forum, I am hoping someone can give good practical advice. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd suggest you PM olli, he has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of all things wheel and tyre related
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 19" runflats on a 335i Reply with quote

Boxster convert wrote:
Some advice please. A friend has a 335i cabrio, possibly 08 (non Alpina). She is thinking of changing her tyres to a smaller rim without runflats as she has had 6 new tyres in 18 months (not sure if this was wear or down to punctures)
What are the issues to address if she goes down to 18" non-runflats? Could she go to 17" rims?

Knowing the expertise on the forum, I am hoping someone can give good practical advice. Thanks in advance.
P


She can easily go to 18" as the 335 has the same brake hub-size as our D3BT's. 17" will be a squeeze, but will possibly fit (depending on style). Going down to an 18", she will need to increase the tyre profile slightly, but any tyre supplier worth their name will give the profile numbers based on her tyre size choice - her owners manual should also contain this info Wink

Other point....going non-RFT, she will need an emergency repair kit in the boot. Easily available; BMW can supply (just over 100 was my quote for the Roadster as our can of gloop is out of date and no longer available...so a new complete kit is required with new-style compressor and that was the full kit quote), or look at alternative, cheaper sources.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a couple of BMW AD's that sell the 'gloop' via Ebay, the price usually has a discount applied.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have changed from run flats to normal tyres , i was advised to use ( slime ) as the repair kit as,this can easily been washed out if & when you need a repair.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D3orbust wrote:
There are a couple of BMW AD's that sell the 'gloop' via Ebay, the price usually has a discount applied.


I know...but the gloop pot we need is a different type and has been superceded, but it's not compatible with our older-type compressor. Don't forget, I have both types and they are not interchangeable...I checked already. I questioned Notts parts about the canister I need....no longer available Evil or Very Mad Soooo, it's a complete new kit Exclamation or risk the OOD canister in the event of a puncture on the Roadster Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I switched to standard tyres when I had the 335 and purchased the BMW space saver and harnessed it in the boot!

Think it was about 180 from BM Mini parts
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burt wrote:
I switched to standard tyres when I had the 335 and purchased the BMW space saver and harnessed it in the boot!

Think it was about 180 from BM Mini parts


Did that include a jack, Ian?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it did Ade, expensive wheel but saved in the cost of Falkens v. the run flats

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