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Old 11-26-2011, 08:56 PM
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Help! Style336 wheels

Hello members, I currently lease 6/11 build 2011 X5d.It has sport package with 19 inch wheels all around. Just purchase Style 336 wheels which came off 2012 X5M and i need your help with tire and few other selections.
(1) Which tires should i buy RFT or Non RFT? Which brand? I am looking for softer ride and less noise if possible. I am going with all season tires as total snow accumulation is less then 25 inches and melts pretty fast.
(2) I need to buy TPMS and OEM center caps. Both of which i can use from my current SAV however i rather not. Beru from tire rack is good choice?
(3) I am located in Hendersonville, NC does anyone know a good reliable place i can go to and have rear wheels bore out to fit my car as well as Any one stop shop where i can have everything done at the same time instead of going to different shops. I am willing to travel up to 100 miles to get this right. Any other things i have not asked?
Any help, advise will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:17 AM
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German Motor Werks, Sweeten Creek Rd, a few miles south of I-40 in Asheville...

Scott & Liz own the joint, another Scott is tech, all know their BMWs inside & out.
They are a great Indie, but not cheap, and their tire brand acquisition ability was/is limited.
You might cop tires from TR and have them shipped there. Their tire mounting/balancing is The Best, but not cheap.

It is not a walk-in type joint, as they are always jammed with BMWs, PCars, etc.

They can do anything you want, and are not that far from you in H'ville.
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motordavid, i was thinking about going there. You sir made it easier. Thank you.
Which tires and tire brand i should go with? I am going with all season and looking for softer and quieter ride. RFT or Non RFT? Any advice suggestion(s) from members will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:48 AM
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vhsm1,
The RFT vs non-RFT debate is pages long on this site, or any similar forum on the web; it is You Pick'em, imo.

If it were mine, I would go non-RFTs, but I already drive 3 cars without them, (including a VetteVert with no spare), and don't give it a 2nd thought.
If you are concerned about a spouse hauling kids around, etc., then maybe RFTs, but when was the last time you/or spouse had a flat 'on the road'?

'All season' will do fine, as your snow/winter driving conditions in H'ville, are few, unless you are commuting on those steeper, shaded higher elevation roads,
in my experience in western NC.

Brand: not a real strong opin, but a cursory glance at TR shows Conti non-RFTs to be an 'all season', and not breathtakingly pricey. Just my 50Cts.
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Thank you motordavid.
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I just purchased another set of wheels, tires, etc. for my wife's X5 to use in the winter in the Southeast US. Her X5 has huge summer tires and I want some all-season tires for safety in the winter. My region's climate is warm enough that true winter tires would probably be a bad idea, as I understand winter tires are not recommended when more than 40 deg F out. I ended up buying the wheels from Ebay and tires and TPMS from Tirerack.com. Tirerack.com had the best price on the TPMS with valve stems. The tires I chose are Michelin Latitude Tour HP ZP -- all season, run flats (X5 is my wife and kids' driver). I'll chose an installer in my area from Tirerack.com's recommended list, and I'll reuse the center caps since changing them out should be a minor inconvenience.
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