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      02-04-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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RFT's

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For those of us that have swapped out stock wheels for aftermarket wheels w out run-flats, what are you doing for a spare tire? Donut tied down in the trunk? Mobility kit?
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      02-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Both. Don't forget the jack!
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      02-04-2012, 03:41 PM   #3
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Any suggestions where to buy? Flea Bay?
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How has been the experience with non-RFT tires

Any problems? How is the performance?

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Here is the link for the space saver spare I purchased at BimmerZone. http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F10-KIT.html

I also bought a cover for the tire at bimmerzone, I would recommend tire felts so you have a flat surface for strapping it down and storing things on top of it.

I bought the jack and mobility kit at BMWPartsForLess. http://www.bmwpartsforless.com/index...el-accessories

I switched to nonRFTs on my 2006 e60 550i and have switched to nonRFTs the minute I bought my 2011 550ix and again with my 2012 550ix. I also run nonRFT winter tires. I have Pilot PS2s for summer tires since the Pilot SS's weren't out yet. Better ride, quieter, better performance than an all season RFT.
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Cool Changed a flat...?

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For those of us that have swapped out stock wheels for aftermarket wheels w out run-flats, what are you doing for a spare tire? Donut tied down in the trunk? Mobility kit?
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When was the last time any of you changed a flat....? I can't remember the last time. So some may say "don't worry about it".
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      02-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #7
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I swapped out the 18" RTF's with Pilot SS A/S a couple of days ago. It makes a big difference on bumpy roads with speed humps or potholes. But otherwise, the difference on daily driving is insignificant. My car is F10 535i. I guess the more powerful 550 can take more advantage of the better traction from Pilot SS.

I don't think it's necessary for me to have a spare for daily driving. But I do keep a tire repair kit and an inflator in the car. I might put a spare in the trunk if I need to take it for a long trip.

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      02-06-2012, 11:13 PM   #8
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When was the last time any of you changed a flat....? I can't remember the last time. So some may say "don't worry about it".

My thoughts exactly. I haven't had a flat in years....knock on wood. The last 2 or 3 tire problems I've had have been nails which has only meant slow leaks.

Hence, i carry a small heavy duty air compressor and tire plug kit. Should be enough to take care of the majority of issues and get me to a garage if I need.

I have a 535 and switched out the runflats days after I picked up my car. I can't stand the runflats. The car rides and handles so much better with regular tires. I also run regular winters as well.
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Triple A to your rescue. Don't waste any money of a spare.
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      02-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #10
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If you're on the city 100% of the time then you'll be ok. But if you take your car outside of the city (i.e. L.A. - Vegas, at night) then better be prepared.
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