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I have also changed the 19s on my 335i. I changed for Vredestien Ultrac Sessantas - I would argue are pound note for pound note the best tyre on the market. The tpms is fine and the ride on my msport setup is fantastic. Absolutely transformed the car - it has gone from "not too bad considering its on run flats" to a perfect blend of handling, poise and refinement. Highly recommended.

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I spoke to my local kwik fit, they have always done my company cars and have been excellent in the past. They said it was no problem and it was just the sensors that can be a problem on some models. Other than that they would do it but I'd probably go somewhere cheaper if I was paying. :grin:

I think some don't want you to sue them if you have a problem later and try and blame them for it IMO.

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I have also changed the 19s on my 335i. I changed for Vredestien Ultrac Sessantas - I would argue are pound note for pound note the best tyre on the market. The tpms is fine and the ride on my msport setup is fantastic. Absolutely transformed the car - it has gone from "not too bad considering its on run flats" to a perfect blend of handling, poise and refinement. Highly recommended.

:grin: these do well in the group tests I've seen - will certainly give them serious consideration +++

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Hi all ,

I am having trouble with keeping the 335i in a straight line,it twiches , and it seems to jump or bounce if it goes over the smallest of dips in the road.

Is this the result of having run flats ?

Did anyone else have the same trouble and did it get sorted when changing to normal tyres?.. anybody out there...hello... help !

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Hi all ,

I am having trouble with keeping the 335i in a straight line,it twiches , and it seems to jump or bounce if it goes over the smallest of dips in the road.

Is this the result of having run flats ?

Did anyone else have the same trouble and did it get sorted when changing to normal tyres?.. anybody out there...hello... help !

Hi ya,

This is exactly the issue you get with run-flat tyres, they don't give, so small bumps and lumps (cats eyes esp.) break the contact with the road triggering the DSC/TCS or if it's switched off, lighting up the rear tyres :grin:

I swapped the run-flats on the 130i for a 'Ring trip and it transformed the car, but got rid as Mrs B won't stop curbing, so the original 18's with run-flats are back on... totally dredfull, but hassle free if she gets a puncture :rolleyes:

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Hi ya,

This is exactly the issue you get with run-flat tyres, they don't give, so small bumps and lumps (cats eyes esp.) break the contact with the road triggering the DSC/TCS or if it's switched off, lighting up the rear tyres :grin:

I swapped the run-flats on the 130i for a 'Ring trip and it transformed the car, but got rid as Mrs B won't stop curbing, so the original 18's with run-flats are back on... totally dredfull, but hassle free if she gets a puncture :rolleyes:

Thanks , That helps me.....I think a trip to the tyre shop is needed!

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Hi all,

I have decided to change the r/f tyres to normal ones. Does anyone have suggestions as to what to keep in the boot....ie. air compressor, which one, what size will fit neatly in the hole under the carpet , gunk etc?

thanks

You can buy a BMW emergency repair kit that comes in M-Cars that don't have a spare wheel. Not sure how much a stealer will skin you for one, but here is one on eBay

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-E46-M3-flat-tyre-repair-kit-and-air-compressor_W0QQitemZ260293162201QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item260293162201&_trkparms=72%3A1301|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

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I thought I read a long time ago that ditching runflats in favour of conventional tyres can have insurance implications.

I guess this is if you're involved in an accident where it was deemed that a tyre failure was to blame.

Isn't insurance based upon the standard features of the car? I guess run flats could be considered a safety feature - almost like disconnecting abs / air bags etc.

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