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A1GSS 07-20-2012 03:51 PM

Noisy runflats
Did some E70 test driving today. Shocked at how noisy the runflats are, really off-putting and totally spoiled the ride for me.

Anyone got a view? Or a solution, even better?

Does this car come with "normal" tyres in other markets than the UK?


Gurjit 09-04-2012 12:06 PM

run flats are just a money grab,

they wear faster, make noise, u cant repair them, they cost an arm and a leg,

u get a puncture u cant even patch a runflat tire = wats the point

regular tires are wayy better

if u get a puncture in ur runflat u just tossed away 300+$ so u can drive down the road, if u had a regular tire u can patch the hole atleast, all u need is a tow i think the cost of runflats defeat their perpose

runflats here in north america on new beemers

kgbboris 12-17-2014 12:44 PM

ditch runflats mate, just done mine and the ride is almost totally different! for the better, and you can repair runflats or at least its physically possible, wether your ment to or not is anyones guess.

TiAgX5 12-17-2014 11:23 PM

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I grabbed a staggered set of "summer only" Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires. These are a popular tire in the UK, almost unheard of in the USA.

Great tires, quiet, with Michelin Pilot SuperSport level grip.

kgbboris 12-18-2014 11:44 AM

As above, these look great based on all the reviews from people who have had them, few people at my work have had their winter tyres for trips to france etc and said theyre exceptional so definately going to try these when my winter non runflats are coming off, best mod for me by far so far, avoid runflats like the plague, just look on ebay how many are on there part worn for sale

TiAgX5 12-18-2014 05:58 PM

The Ultrac Vorti tires are Y speed rated (over 186mph), expected a stiffer sidewall then the W speed rated (lower) Hankook Ventus they replaced. Was suprised to find the UVs have a MORE compliant sidewall.

OE Michelin Latitude V speed rated runflat sidewalls were like a rock! And HEAVY!

kgbboris 12-24-2014 05:46 AM

just a small update! have non runflats all round now, continental winter tyres! oh my fu**ing god it drives so so sooooo much better in every way. advice to anyone with runflats, ditch em! going to get some of the ultrac vorti ones in the summer. big money but only got to pay out once and should last 2 years with swapping over at winter etc

TiAgX5 12-24-2014 04:33 PM

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Good to hear.

I went with lightweight rims when I ditched the runflats, really made the X feel lighter in the twisties/rough roads.

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