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      04-18-2018, 06:53 PM   #1
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Where do you buy your BMW* Non Run Flats from ? Uk drivers.

Hi all,

After much discussion Iím now after a set of BMW * NON Runflats, preferably Pirelli P Zero, I believe some of you are running them but for the life of me I canít get BOTH sizes for my staggered fit.

Iím after 245 45 19 and 275 40 19. Iíve tried Black Circles, Camskill etc but no joy

Where are you guys buying your tyres in these sizes from?

I can get the front ok but not the larger backs as they only do run flats or ones that arenít BMW * ?!

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      04-19-2018, 03:08 AM   #2
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Hi all,

After much discussion Iím now after a set of BMW * NON Runflats, preferably Pirelli P Zero, I believe some of you are running them but for the life of me I canít get BOTH sizes for my staggered fit.

Iím after 245 45 19 and 275 40 19. Iíve tried Black Circles, Camskill etc but no joy

Where are you guys buying your tyres in these sizes from?

I can get the front ok but not the larger backs as they only do run flats or ones that arenít BMW * ?!

Thanks
Mine come from Black Circles. As previously said, I do not think you will notice much difference anyway, if you fit Dunlop because you are moving from Run flat to NON Run flat, so the ride will feel more supple.
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      04-19-2018, 03:31 AM   #3
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Thanks mate. Iíve tried and spoken to Black circles and theyíve said they donít do those sizes in a 19 BMW* Pirelli for both front and rear.

Iíve got non run flats at the moment on a square 18 set up but theyíre winter tyres which came with the car. Since then Iíve bought some 19 inch and those are the ones Iím trying to source the tyres for..

Iím not keen on the Dunlop looking at the ratings for them but I may not have a choice...
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      04-19-2018, 05:48 AM   #4
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I use the runflats tbh although I have msports suspension deletion and dont find the ride that bad. That said my previous cars were a lowered Focus RS and Civic Type R so depends what you are used to lol.

Whereabouts are you as I use a local tyre company Elite Wheels in Reading and they are generally cheaper than Camskill, Black Circles, MyTyre etc and far more convenient and I trust their work.
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      04-19-2018, 06:11 AM   #5
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I use the runflats tbh although I have msports suspension deletion and dont find the ride that bad. That said my previous cars were a lowered Focus RS and Civic Type R so depends what you are used to lol.

Whereabouts are you as I use a local tyre company Elite Wheels in Reading and they are generally cheaper than Camskill, Black Circles, MyTyre etc and far more convenient and I trust their work.
Are you using the Pirelli run flats? I also have the Msports delete on mine. I guess Iíd be expecting a major difference as Iím not only going from 18ís non run flat to 19ís run flat so Iíve been spoilt so far! My last car was an A5 lowered on H&R springs so that was firmer. Iím up the midlands so Iím a distance away so Iíd have to source locally.

How do you find the Pirelli in the wet?
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Are you using the Pirelli run flats? I also have the Msports delete on mine. I guess Iíd be expecting a major difference as Iím not only going from 18ís non run flat to 19ís run flat so Iíve been spoilt so far! My last car was an A5 lowered on H&R springs so that was firmer. Iím up the midlands so Iím a distance away so Iíd have to source locally.

How do you find the Pirelli in the wet?
Yeah P zero run flats 19Ē staggered setup. Grip wise I find them fine - booting it in the wet I rarely get TC on unless flooring it in standing water from statiknary and even then minimal. Turn in wise also good and the X3ís understeer kicks in before traction breaks. The newer version 4 p zero supposedly have better wet grip if you believe the reviews.

Maybe see if someone on here will give you a spin in a non rft shod x3 to compare to yours before splashing your cash. For me the peace of mind re: a blowout and not being stranded due to a puncture outweighs the benefit of a slightly softer ride.

Re: msport suspension deletion. I am sure when I was researching the X3 there was a thread on piston heads and a former bmw mechanic showed that the suspension part number was the same on both msport and se.
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Just to add to the questions. I have an MSport 30D with 20" staggered setup and Pzeros (RF) fitted.

They are shortly going to be replaced. I'd like non RF's but it seems the BMW star rating adds approx. £50 per tyre.

What are the thoughts about using no star rated?

I have been on Dunlop site and they come up with SP sportmaxx GT which I can source but they don't seem to be starred even though Dunlop recommend them when you put in your car details.

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What are the thoughts about using no star rated?

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I personally only use them just in case there is a perceived or actual transmission issue, such vibration and /or error messages. If that does happen, and a dealership gets involved, the first thing that BMW ask is "are the tyres BMW* recommended. You know what will happen even if they (tyres) are not to blame for the problem? It is BMW's standard get out clause in the UK.

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Iíve never even thought to check. Is there a marking on the tyre to shows its the BMW version?
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Iíve never even thought to check. Is there a marking on the tyre to shows its the BMW version?
Yeah thereís a star symbol on the sidewall for BMW approved ones
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Yeah P zero run flats 19Ē staggered setup. Grip wise I find them fine - booting it in the wet I rarely get TC on unless flooring it in standing water from statiknary and even then minimal. Turn in wise also good and the X3ís understeer kicks in before traction breaks. The newer version 4 p zero supposedly have better wet grip if you believe the reviews.

Maybe see if someone on here will give you a spin in a non rft shod x3 to compare to yours before splashing your cash. For me the peace of mind re: a blowout and not being stranded due to a puncture outweighs the benefit of a slightly softer ride.
Thanks for the feedback, good to know! Iím gonna have last look around over the weekend and order whatever tyres on Monday as I want them on next week!
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Yeah thereís a star symbol on the sidewall for BMW approved ones
Yeah worked that out and checked and mine all have the star. Phew.
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Difficult to find a P Zero which isn't a run-flat. I had the 20" RFT and found them an awful lot better than the previous generation on my 130i. Now changed to GoodYear and still doing fine.

I use these guys and a quick look finds some Dunlops
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An update to my previous post which may be useful. On Monday I pulled out of my work car park only to be informed that I had zero pressure in my offside rear (20" wheels with pzero's). I went home which is only a couple of miles thinking I'd inflate there but found half a Stanley blade sticking out.
So that was the last straw and new set of tyres required. After getting confused as to what approved (star rated) I could get, I rang local dealer to be told only two, the Pirellis or Good year Excellence - both run flats. The goodyears were significantly cheaper so ordered from Black circles - £950 all in.
So far so good. Ride seems slightly better than the Pzero's.

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Thatís a pain in the ass. 😏

Iíll update too. I gave up on the non run flats as it was just getting far too complicated in terms of searching for BMW specific ones. I bought a set of P Zero BMW run flats on Tuesday and went from 18ís to my 19ís. To be fair the ride isnít as harsh as I thought it would be, there is a difference but it hasnít ruined the car for me. I went with the Pirelli as they had a slightly better wet weather rating than the Goodyear ( and were cheaper at my particular supplier) having said that weíve had Goodyear excellence on other cars and theyíve been brilliant.

I paid £830 for the set fitted.

I just need to mess around with tyre pressures. I went to the garage and the tyre fitter had inflated them to 36psi front 40psi rear!!

Iíve lowered to 32psi all round and Iíll see how that goes in terms of comfort and handling..
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      04-27-2018, 12:31 PM   #16
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Er...that didnít last long! Wishy washy handling at 32psi back up to 36 front 38 rear and seems better
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