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      10-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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Winter tyres on existing wheels

Does anyone just buy the tyres and put them on existing wheels. My local tyre dealer would swap them each season for £15 a wheel.
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I did and have before. Put the Pirelli Sotto Zero IIs on the OEM wheels now that they're available in the proper size.
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I have changed tyres previously but wanted to keep my X3 wheels clean and away from winter salt so bought some previous generation X5 wheels off ebay for winter.

The local tyre fitting centre charged me 25 to change all 4 last year.
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      10-28-2012, 05:09 AM   #4
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BMW charge 30 to change all 4 wheels if you buy winter wheels and tyres from them. I put them in the back and then store them myself but I they charge 30 to store.

I thought I read somewhere that there are issues / difficulties with removing run flat tyres (i.e. they get weakened or damaged when they are removed) but I can't find the post now so that may be BS.

The other consideration is damage to alloys caused by switching the tyres every time
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i think they charge more than 30 quid to store as otherwise i would have gone for it.. think it was closer to 100..
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i think they charge more than 30 quid to store as otherwise i would have gone for it.. think it was closer to 100..
It's 30 but only if you buy the tyres from them:
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A set of winter wheels and tyres, with their special rubber compound and grooves is available from 700 RRP per set* and means you'll have no problem stopping - or going - during the colder months. To make life easier for you, we'll even store your standard wheels and tyres for just 30 until it's time to switch them back again in spring.
http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/owner/win...tSource=topNav
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hmm... might just do that this year then... thanks!
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I thought I read somewhere that there are issues / difficulties with removing run flat tyres (i.e. they get weakened or damaged when they are removed) but I can't find the post now so that may be BS.

The other consideration is damage to alloys caused by switching the tyres every time
Both valid reasons, I certainly wouldn't want RFTs on and off the rims, (it can be quite brutal) simply for the fitting risks and costs.

Tyres have a very small cost penalty long term, as you are only using one set at a time and rubber will last longer. Rims have value secondhand, so that isn't really dead money either. But mounting, balance, etc., is around 10 per wheel (or more) in most tyre shops, so with two changes a year, around 80 to 120. That is dead money.

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No storage option here. That influenced me quite a bit. The wheels with tires were a bear to move around.
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Would people still have the same fear about their RFT on /off if it was just a summer tyre being replaced due to a flat? Same deal really. Can't see the issue myself. I've had my OEM also changed to winter tyres.
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I have changed tyres previously but wanted to keep my X3 wheels clean and away from winter salt so bought some previous generation X5 wheels off ebay for winter.

The local tyre fitting centre charged me 25 to change all 4 last year.
That's a great idea, but you could always plasti dip your wheels which you could peel after the winter season is done. Saves you from buying a set of rims :P

Cost like 30$ in total :P
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Would people still have the same fear about their RFT on /off if it was just a summer tyre being replaced due to a flat? Same deal really. Can't see the issue myself. I've had my OEM also changed to winter tyres.
It's not really the same though is it? If you replace an old or damaged tyre, you are replacing it with a brand new tyre that hasn't already been used and then forced off a wheel. The concern is over the damage done to a tyre that you intend to use again, when you take it off.

The alloys are also at more risk of being damaged too because every one has at least 2 changes every year, rather than say 1 change every 2 years
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Surely tyre manufacturers would put some warning on the tyres telling people there is a risk of doing this. Right? Right???
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