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      10-20-2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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Winter wheels & tyres????

Morning guys, requesting pictures of aftermarket winter tyre/wheel packages. After my last BMW experience (E90 Coupe) I'm considering winter tyres. Read a lot about the cost of 19's being nearly as much as Spain's deficit and also not that practical because of the width
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Morning guys, requesting pictures of aftermarket winter tyre/wheel packages. After my last BMW experience (E90 Coupe) I'm considering winter tyres. Read a lot about the cost of 19's being nearly as much as Spain's deficit and also not that practical because of the width
These Team Dynamics Pro-Sports with 245/18/45 dunlop winters will go straight onto my new 330D M Sport touring and look great with the brake upgrade.
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They are lovely, cheers. How much are we talking for both
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They are lovely, cheers. How much are we talking for both
About 2K all in, the wheels are 8.5" all round, should look good.
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Winter tyres or no winter tyres?

I am waiting for my shiny new F30 330d M Sport having sold my E91 M Sport but for the last 3 years I haven't had winter tyres.

What's the view of you guys on whether this is needed nowadays?
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Better picture of the wheel/tyre set-up
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I am waiting for my shiny new F30 330d M Sport having sold my E91 M Sport but for the last 3 years I haven't had winter tyres.

What's the view of you guys on whether this is needed nowadays?
There is a massive difference for winter driving on dedicated winter/cold weather tyres as conditions deteriorate.

I run them both for improved driving safety on ice/black ice and of course snow. But for general driving in sub 7-degree conditions winter tyres typically work better than a high performance summer tyre.

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Well said.

I am hoping something like this will fit an F30, just need to compare offsets.

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Seems to be a controversial opinion but perhaps xdrive is the future. I know a lot of countries with high amounts of snow swear by it on stock tyres. Personally never been convinced about specific argument for winter tyres in UK but personal choice.
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Seems to be a controversial opinion but perhaps xdrive is the future. I know a lot of countries with high amounts of snow swear by it on stock tyres. Personally never been convinced about specific argument for winter tyres in UK but personal choice.
For me it has nothing to do with traction in snow, it is the safety of having tyres that work better in cold wet conditions like we have from November to Feb. Stopping distances are much shorter.
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My guess for winter safety would be...?
  1. xDrive + winter tyres (best)
  2. RWD + winter tyres
  3. xDrive + all season
  4. RWD + all season (worst)
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My guess for winter safety would be...?
  1. xDrive + winter tyres (best)
  2. RWD + winter tyres
  3. xDrive + all season
  4. RWD + all season (worst)
Yes, that's the way it works.

Even worse the xDrive on HP summer tyres, which basically is no different than your standard RWD on HP summer tyres. Just a little more traction, in adverse conditions, but certainly no more control or braking ability.

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Morning guys, think we've jump of the thread a bit, I'm convinced about winter tyres. Was looking for wheel and tyre option including pictures and ideally prices. Many thanks
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Seems to be a controversial opinion but perhaps xdrive is the future. I know a lot of countries with high amounts of snow swear by it on stock tyres. Personally never been convinced about specific argument for winter tyres in UK but personal choice.
Will depend on what are the stock tyres. If All-season are fitted then xDrive is better than RWD on summer tyres, but put a RWD with winter tyres against xDrive and All seanon and the RWD is the better and safer car to drive on black ice, slush and snow.


For me, the worst driving situation is to have an AWD vehicle behind me in adverse conditions. I'm on winter tyres and have the ability to brake in the shortest distances. The average AWD driver seems to think they are invinvible in winter conditions, because they have a 4x4, think nothing of how it is tyres that makes the safer vehicle, drive too fast, too close and can't brake any better than the 2WD car. Are just as liable to have accidents or find the ditch... as they do. Unless they have winter tyres.

All-season tyres are a compromise, neither best for performance summer driving, or the best for winter conditions. Even with an xDrive saloon or touring, to get the best from it through the seasons you still need two sets of wheels, HP summer and cold weather/winter tyres.

An xDrive on HP summer tyres (like most X3 and X5 vehicles in the UK on their 'sport' wheel sets) will have very little advantage over a RWD car, just a little more traction, but nothing more in the conditions folks think AWD is the business.

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Morning guys, think we've jump of the thread a bit, I'm convinced about winter tyres. Was looking for wheel and tyre option including pictures and ideally prices. Many thanks
Are you after keeping with OEM options for your model? Someone like Alloy Wheels Direct have OEM sets at better prices than BMW outlets.

Some insurance companies are not good with aftermarket options, but OEM will be 'no cost' insurance option.

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Morning guys, think we've jump of the thread a bit, I'm convinced about winter tyres. Was looking for wheel and tyre option including pictures and ideally prices. Many thanks
Pardon us for having a discussion on a forum.
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Morning guys, think we've jump of the thread a bit, I'm convinced about winter tyres. Was looking for wheel and tyre option including pictures and ideally prices. Many thanks
Pardon us for having a discussion on a forum.
Funny, I thought forums were certainly for discussion........ About the topic on each thread, scroll to top, aah yes, we digressed just a tad

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New member here, I don't have any pictures of what my Winter Wheels look like as I only ordered my F30 on Saturday and not due till Middle of December so the dealer will prep it with its Winter Wheels on and put the Standards in Storage until after the winter period.

You can see them here though - http://www.bmw-wintertyres.com/iris/...006-UK&lang=EN

I am getting the Standard 16inch Steel Wheels with Covers and Continental Winter Contact TS830P Tyres at 872.00 for the complete set. I thought about alloys but I'd be gutted if I damaged them where as I wouldnt been bothered too much If I scratched the covers

Specialist Cars in Luton will Store Both Sets and Fit when required for 100 a year and rather than being stored by BMW UK they are stored locally at the dealer.
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New member here, I don't have any pictures of what my Winter Wheels look like as I only ordered my F30 on Saturday and not due till Middle of December so the dealer will prep it with its Winter Wheels on and put the Standards in Storage until after the winter period.

You can see them here though - http://www.bmw-wintertyres.com/iris/...006-UK&lang=EN

I am getting the Standard 16inch Steel Wheels with Covers and Continental Winter Contact TS830P Tyres at 872.00 for the complete set. I thought about alloys but I'd be gutted if I damaged them where as I wouldnt been bothered too much If I scratched the covers

Specialist Cars in Luton will Store Both Sets and Fit when required for 100 a year and rather than being stored by BMW UK they are stored locally at the dealer.
16" wheels will look crap on your car. I have 18" winters they look good. I do not tend to damage wheels on my cars.
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That's your opinion, however I do not have the money to spend on the alloys and tyres, I had to take everything into consideration and would rather know that when the weather is bad I can get from point a to point b safely.
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That's your opinion, however I do not have the money to spend on the alloys and tyres, I had to take everything into consideration and would rather know that when the weather is bad I can get from point a to point b safely.
Yep I suppose thats the object after all.
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Certainly is, Trust me if I could have 18's in the Summer and Winter and afford the tyres on both I would
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