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      11-23-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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BMW Winter Tire Set Sold Out

Although I have put the M5 away for the winter I was thinking maybe I should drive it all year. However when I went to buy the BMW winter tire set on Wednesday , I found out that they are sold out and the U. S. will not be restocked until end of December to early January . So by that time I think I just stay with the original plan .
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      11-23-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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Yes, what happened is that the Winter started early in Europe this year. And it's been pretty cold for a while now, actually first snow in Munich was in October! So people rushed to get their Winter kits... I did get my set from Niederlassung actually just got the bill for them... I made a really good deal on the 408M's
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      11-23-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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Just the opposite here in U.S. Midwest We have had fairly moderate weather so far but expect it to get worst shortly. I do like the 408m wheel .
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      11-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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What snow tires are part of this set? And what hav others chosen that have the OEM 19s?
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      11-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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complete set is with Pirelli W240 Sotto Series 2 255/40/19 square.

I did not go with 408M complete set. Instead, I chose 345M with my own selection of tire, went with Michelin PA4 265/40/19 square
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      11-23-2012, 04:38 PM   #6
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complete set is with Pirelli W240 Sotto Series 2 255/40/19 square.

I did not go with 408M complete set. Instead, I chose 345M with my own selection of tire, went with Michelin PA4 265/40/19 square
Just curious - why 265 over 255?
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      11-23-2012, 06:27 PM   #7
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Both are acceptable.

The Michelin PA4 - V rated
255/40/19 comes with Asymmetical design
265/40/19 comes with Directional design

Since the 255 series are in extreme short supply in North America (at the time I bought the tires), my tire shop advised me I can go 265 which has the identical spec for the front anyway and by going square, the 265 will have no issue for the rear.

Lastly, I am not a fan of Pirelli. My second choice would have been Bridgestone LM60 (but this is only H rated tire)



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Just curious - why 265 over 255?
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      11-24-2012, 07:47 AM   #8
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Both are acceptable.

The Michelin PA4 - V rated
255/40/19 comes with Asymmetical design
265/40/19 comes with Directional design

Since the 255 series are in extreme short supply in North America (at the time I bought the tires), my tire shop advised me I can go 265 which has the identical spec for the front anyway and by going square, the 265 will have no issue for the rear.

Lastly, I am not a fan of Pirelli. My second choice would have been Bridgestone LM60 (but this is only H rated tire)
Has you or anyone here had Blizzaks - I see those available in 255. Ive only had Dunlops so far and was happy with them.
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      11-24-2012, 08:04 AM   #9
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^ I had Blizzak before on my past car but it wore a bit faster than others. I also had Dunlop M3 & 3D and both are very good. That's why I am trying the Michelin PA4 this time to see how they handle the winter.
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Has you or anyone here had Blizzaks - I see those available in 255. Ive only had Dunlops so far and was happy with them.
I'm running Blizzacks and have been very happy with them. Very good dry traction, yet still good in the snow. Contrary to the other post, I've found the wear to be very good. I bought them lightly used and have since run them for 3 or 4 seasons and they still have more than half the tread remaining.
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Is there a link anywhere to the winter set? Is it just the OEM 19s with winter tires?
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      11-24-2012, 10:26 PM   #12
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I guess I got lucky.
I purchased and installed my 408M wheels with Pirellis about 3 weeks ago.
I placed an order from my SA from my dealership.
408M winter tires package looks really nice on the F10 M5... =)

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      11-25-2012, 09:17 AM   #13
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I guess I got lucky.
I purchased and installed my 408M wheels with Pirellis about 3 weeks ago.
I placed an order from my SA from my dealership.
408M winter tires package looks really nice on the F10 M5... =)
Pics please! Thanks!
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      11-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #14
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This is a repost from the other winter wheel thread.
Here's some shots of the BMW OEM recommended winter wheel (model 408). They look pretty good, although the back wheels could use a bit more offset.
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      11-25-2012, 03:55 PM   #15
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Pics please! Thanks!
Here are the pics... =)
Sorry my car is little dirty!
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      11-26-2012, 01:27 AM   #16
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Thanks for the pics guys!
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