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      06-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Non RunFlat Setup

Hey guys, I'm still on the fence as to whether I'm going to switch out the run-flats to regular tires. I'd like to hear from those of you who did make the switch, specifically what is your plan for a flat-tire? I've heard some people put an extra tire in the trunk, if so, literally an extra tire of the same type? Or something smaller? How much space does it take up? What about a jack and other road-side tools if you had to change it?

If you don't carry an extra tire, what's your plan?

I'm interested to know the solutions you guys have come up with. Thanks in advance.
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      06-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
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Toss one of these in the trunk compartment under the floor mat:

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I've subscribed to this thread and am also interested in getting feedback from those that have actually changed to non run flat.
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      06-17-2012, 03:20 PM   #4
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I had an RX-8 for 5 years. It didn't have a spare tire, nor did it have run-flats. Instead, they included an air compressor and a can of fix-a-flat goop in the trunk.

I never used the goop - instead, I learned how to plug tires. It's easy, google will show you how. Fix-a-flat will ruin the tire and annoy the tire shop guy that has to clean it up, plugs are permanent fixes. Through those years of ownership, I never had to plug a tire on the side of the road. In the couple of cases where I picked up a screw or nail, I could always use the air compressor to get enough air in to safely get home and fix the tire in my garage.

When my 135i went through it's first set of tires, I replaced them with non-run-flats, bought a BMW scissor jack, an air compressor and a AAA membership and still came out ahead over the cost of the run-flats. I never had to use any of that stuff in the 3 and a half years I drove with non-run-flats.

I'll be pulling the run-flats off my shiny new 328i soon and will store them for the lease return. I'll put the jack, the plug kit, and compressor in the trunk and make sure there's some kind of lug wrench in there. If not, I'll also carry my torque wrench. I still have the AAA membership. But my plan for a flat is pretty simple:

1) Low tire? Air it up, fix it at home, at a rest area, or at a tire shop (usually about $20 to plug a tire, some places will do it for free if you bought the tires there)

2) Blow out? Have AAA take it to a tire shop. I don't expect BMW roadside to help with a tire issue if I don't have run-flats
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      07-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #5
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I had an RX-8 for 5 years. It didn't have a spare tire, nor did it have run-flats. Instead, they included an air compressor and a can of fix-a-flat goop in the trunk.

I never used the goop - instead, I learned how to plug tires. It's easy, google will show you how. Fix-a-flat will ruin the tire and annoy the tire shop guy that has to clean it up, plugs are permanent fixes. Through those years of ownership, I never had to plug a tire on the side of the road. In the couple of cases where I picked up a screw or nail, I could always use the air compressor to get enough air in to safely get home and fix the tire in my garage.

When my 135i went through it's first set of tires, I replaced them with non-run-flats, bought a BMW scissor jack, an air compressor and a AAA membership and still came out ahead over the cost of the run-flats. I never had to use any of that stuff in the 3 and a half years I drove with non-run-flats.

I'll be pulling the run-flats off my shiny new 328i soon and will store them for the lease return. I'll put the jack, the plug kit, and compressor in the trunk and make sure there's some kind of lug wrench in there. If not, I'll also carry my torque wrench. I still have the AAA membership. But my plan for a flat is pretty simple:

1) Low tire? Air it up, fix it at home, at a rest area, or at a tire shop (usually about $20 to plug a tire, some places will do it for free if you bought the tires there)

2) Blow out? Have AAA take it to a tire shop. I don't expect BMW roadside to help with a tire issue if I don't have run-flats
you can repair run flats. i just had one with a nail in it, drove to work and back home on it. local shop plugged it for $38.
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I had an RX-8 for 5 years. It didn't have a spare tire, nor did it have run-flats. Instead, they included an air compressor and a can of fix-a-flat goop in the trunk.

I never used the goop - instead, I learned how to plug tires. It's easy, google will show you how. Fix-a-flat will ruin the tire and annoy the tire shop guy that has to clean it up, plugs are permanent fixes. Through those years of ownership, I never had to plug a tire on the side of the road. In the couple of cases where I picked up a screw or nail, I could always use the air compressor to get enough air in to safely get home and fix the tire in my garage.

When my 135i went through it's first set of tires, I replaced them with non-run-flats, bought a BMW scissor jack, an air compressor and a AAA membership and still came out ahead over the cost of the run-flats. I never had to use any of that stuff in the 3 and a half years I drove with non-run-flats.

I'll be pulling the run-flats off my shiny new 328i soon and will store them for the lease return. I'll put the jack, the plug kit, and compressor in the trunk and make sure there's some kind of lug wrench in there. If not, I'll also carry my torque wrench. I still have the AAA membership. But my plan for a flat is pretty simple:

1) Low tire? Air it up, fix it at home, at a rest area, or at a tire shop (usually about $20 to plug a tire, some places will do it for free if you bought the tires there)

2) Blow out? Have AAA take it to a tire shop. I don't expect BMW roadside to help with a tire issue if I don't have run-flats
Thanks, this is a lot of good information. I think I'll make the switch, for my summer tires at least, once my OEMs wear out.
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isnt there issues with insurance if you change to non runflats?
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isnt there issues with insurance if you change to non runflats?
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