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Old 11-13-2014, 03:27 PM
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Winter wheel/snow tire setup

Hi guys, I am looking for a bolt on winter wheel/snow tire set up for my wife's 2011 X5. The car currently has the oem 19" wheels with Bridgestone run flats. The tires are close to needing replacement and was looking at all seasons, but thought I would take this opportunity to see about a second dedicated winter setup. The original tires suck and I never have liked their snow performance or ride quality.

I spent some time with the Tire Rack guys which was excellent, but they have limited wheel options. I think I would like to go with 18" diameter (-1" from oem) for better winter weather performance and tire selection. Not to mention better pricing for the 18s vs 19s.

I did some trolling on this forum, but have not turned up a lot options. I've seen some takeoff bmw wheels on Craigslist, but unfortunately winter is here I waited to long...ugh!

What is your opinions?
  • Buy 19" snows and put on oem wheels (avoid dealing with the whole TPMS crap)
  • Buy 2nd set of wheels and snows (18 or 19, w/wo TPMS)
  • Are there any other 1 stop shops/suppliers for wheels & snows?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Bob-

PS. the throttle delay on this car is still unacceptable to me. Other than the lame tires and the throttle issue we love the car.
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Old 11-13-2014, 04:57 PM
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so i had the same dilema but in NYC winter is not quite there yet well by snow standards, it is getting cold. I was looking up and down and just by a miracle of luck found someone selling their bmw original winter package taken off with somewhere around 8k miles driven. from what I got on the topic it would be best to go with a dedicated set of 18" for like you said better tire selection and price. that said i saw a posting somewhere in CO for the bmw original set on craigslist so it may be worth looking into it. all seasons weren't an option for me because i have 20" staggered so that would be silly for a daily driver. we had an ML350 before and it had 19" with all season 255 but i was very disappointed so if you can get a dedicated second set with winter rubber
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I went all last winter with 20's all seasons with no problems
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I went all last winter with 20's all seasons with no problems
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But a winter tire is always better than an all season no doubt. I just know the limits of my tires and drive accordingly
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Boulderbobo,
I run the Sprintbooster on my M6 and it's amazing in defeating the throttle delay. Highly recommend it!
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But a winter tire is always better than an all season no doubt. I just know the limits of my tires and drive accordingly
me too but for my wife as daily driver and as primary/only vehicle in NYC with last winter wouldn't get down the block never mind my driveway.
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Just bought a set of takeoff 18s" of ebay.

Thinking about the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

255/55 R18 or 235/60 R18Any thoughts?
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Hi guys, I am looking for a bolt on winter wheel/snow tire set up for my wife's 2011 X5. The car currently has the oem 19" wheels with Bridgestone run flats. The tires are close to needing replacement and was looking at all seasons, but thought I would take this opportunity to see about a second dedicated winter setup. The original tires suck and I never have liked their snow performance or ride quality.

I spent some time with the Tire Rack guys which was excellent, but they have limited wheel options. I think I would like to go with 18" diameter (-1" from oem) for better winter weather performance and tire selection. Not to mention better pricing for the 18s vs 19s.

I did some trolling on this forum, but have not turned up a lot options. I've seen some takeoff bmw wheels on Craigslist, but unfortunately winter is here I waited to long...ugh!

What is your opinions?
  • Buy 19" snows and put on oem wheels (avoid dealing with the whole TPMS crap)
  • Buy 2nd set of wheels and snows (18 or 19, w/wo TPMS)
  • Are there any other 1 stop shops/suppliers for wheels & snows?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Bob-

PS. the throttle delay on this car is still unacceptable to me. Other than the lame tires and the throttle issue we love the car.

If you haven't bought anything yet, I have for sale A beautiful set of wheels and tires, the tires Are Vredestein wintrac Nextremes. there are an incredible snow tire. Simply gorgeous set of wheels and tires, almost new, one season only


I am in Fort Collins. [email protected]
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If you haven't bought anything yet, I have for sale A beautiful set of wheels and tires, the tires Are Vredestein wintrac Nextremes. there are an incredible snow tire. Simply gorgeous set of wheels and tires, almost new, one season only


I am in Fort Collins. [email protected]
If OP is not interested I might be, I am in Boulder as well... Can I get some more details and maybe some pics? PM is fine.
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