Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight will also reap benefits when cornering, as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can become expensive for some. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.


Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Black Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Bright Silver Paint

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Gold Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Special Brilliant Coating


Enkei Racing Series' RPF1 uses a revolutionary MAT Process to make lighter weight wheels. MAT is a technology for producing an aluminum wheel by combining Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. MAP is a highly automated system. Each process is connected in a single-piece flow system that transports wheels from the melting process, through heat treatment and on to machining. The process of spinning the rim vs. casting it to both shape and elongate it produces a finer, more even aluminum structure and ensures the wheel will remain lightweight and strong. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material.

As wheels and tires become larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' new generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are strong and retain optimum anti-flex properties.

The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered in black painted, bright silver paint, gold painted and special brilliant coating finishes for a wide assortment of vehicles like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Shop by vehicle to see if the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered as a performance upgrade for your track car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 BMW 328xi Wagon Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: River Forest, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

These tires have amazing grip. I purchased these in the late fall shortly after the first snowfalls this year. The OEM all-season tires would just slide when stopping with any snow cover. These tires stop and accelerated in snow as if it were dry pavement. My only complaint would be some additional road noise on dry pavement, but that is a small price to pay for good winter tires. I purchased the tires and rims together. The total cost for the package was less than my insurance deductible, which I figured would have been used if I kept the OEM tires on for the winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33
 
 

2013 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: West Harrison, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Early review, but as usual Blizzak's always deliver!! Always had them on my BMW's, first time putting snow tires on an SUV. What a difference especially with 19 inch rims. Drove comfortably as I need to be at the hospital everyday. I was rolling through the fast lane with Rovers trying to follow and they eventually bailed when the roads became unplowed. These tires were able to cruise right along comfortably passing all the stopped traffic. Invest the $$$ your safety is worth it!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2013 BMW 335i Cabriolet
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Harrison, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

second pair of these tires originally ran on a 2011 335xdrive coupe. The tires were great especially in snow, I used last set for approximately 26k miles, they were still good and had plenty of treadwear left. Just put these on a RWD convertible with an M sport package. Bought the 17 inch wheels to replace the staggered 19 inch summer rims. Couldn't feel safer with my wife driving it in her commute over the Tappan Zee Bridge in the snow. If you live in a cold weather area, snow tires definitely stop quicker in cold weather!

 

Introducing the New Cost-Effective BBS SR!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

BBS is considered one of the leaders in wheel manufacturing and engineering technology. They are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of technology possible and then applying this experience to the street.

With the release of their new SR, BBS is creating quite a buzz with this new wheel. Featuring an anthracite painted finish, the wheel looks great and is a welcomed addition to the BBS line. Also, with a price point that is lower than other BBS options, a set of SR wheels is a great way to improve the look of your vehicle at a good price. For example, an 18x8" SR wheel for a 2011 BMW 3 Series costs $265*, that's less than half the cost of BBS' popular CH-R.

The BBS SR is offered in 16", 17" and 18" rim diameters and covers many of the popular bolt patterns on the market. It also has the following features:

  • Five Y-shaped spokes
  • One-piece, cast
  • Snap-in, exposed lugs
  • Center cap at no additional charge

Shop by vehicle to see if the new BBS SR is available for your application.

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Nissan Sentra SE-R
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Worcester, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2011

We bought 4 215X45X17 "XL" Conti Extreme Contact DWS and had them mounted in October 2010 at Martin Tire in Worcester Ma, a Tire Rack recommended service center. They did an excellent job, inflating to 40 psi, did not scratch the allow rims, and it has never been necessary to return for rebalancing. We went through the 2010-2011 winter with record snowfalls and we live at nearly 1000 ft on the hills to the west of Worcester. The approaches are very steep and challenging with lots of snow and ice. Most of our neighbors have AWD or 4WD vehicles (and our other car is a Nissan Pathfinder). We just passed 10,000 miles on the tires and they look new with no sign of tread wear. We had no difficulty all winter long making our hill into our driveway. There were instances when there was 5-6 inches of snow down and the grade is steep with no opportunity to build speed ahead of the turn onto our road. We have one of the steepest accesses in Worcester MA yet we had no trouble getting home in severe weather conditions. These tires come very close to the Mountain and Snowflake severe weather requirement and we highly recommend them for northern tier states and CANADA where snow, ice and HILLS are a problem. If you have an AWD Subaru, VW, BMW or Audi I would recommend them even for areas as tough as Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho. They are excellent in severe conditions (and we have only front wheel drive)! I keep the tires inflated to 50 psi year round which improves their handling and treadwear. The Conti's are a true radial, not a "bias radial" and the 2 ply sidewalls and 4 ply tread are highly conforming to the road surface. Don't be afraid to put them close to their 51 PSI maximum. We found the ride conforming because the sidewall flexibility cushions the bumps. Also, the 177HP Sentra SER engine hits maximum torque at 2800 rpm yet reducing the tire size from stock 225X45X17 to 215X45X17 XL did not cause any tire spin issues. On a dry road, they are awesome. Great tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2007 BMW 335i Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lake Villa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2013

I purchased these directly from The Tire Rack store in Indiana, and had their folks mount these tires on my winter rims. Then I waited 3 over 3 months for a chance to test them in snow.

A trip up north into Michigan threw me into a severe, lake-effect snow storm, with white out conditions, ice, packed snow, and on-road depths over 4 inches. All I can say is these tires were fantastic.

My car is REAR WHEEL DRIVE, not all-wheel drive, not front wheel drive. I was able to drive safely, and with confidence. At one point, I missed my exit and had to use the yet-to-be-plowed freeway turn-around (i.e. deep, deep snow). My car just tore through it. The next day, when everything had turned to ice, again, I feared not. My car, with these tires, remained well planted and predictable.

When it's not snowing, the Generals are really good tires. For snow tires, they aren't too loud. And with over 10,000 miles on them, the treadwear is minimal. I should be able to get at least 3 seasons out of these. I had never before owned or considered General Tires. But now, after this experience with these Altimax's, I will definitely consider General Tires' other tires.

Thanks for the great service Tire Rack. I know I can always count on your folks to take good care of me. This was probably the 10th set of tires I've bought from you!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2004 BMW 330Ci Coupe Sprt Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
December 24, 2012

I watch the video on the driver testing this tire and I agree on their opinion 100%. I am well please with Tire Rack even my dealership is satified with them Casey BMW in VA.
I also have purchased two sets of chrome rims and I'm again 100% happy. Please!!!! keep up the great work Tire Rack. Just another happy customer, Mike.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2012

Very responsive tire,very quite,great cornering,so far have not had any problems.Seem to be better as i put more miles on them.Any tire needs 5000 to 7000 miles for a break in period. I've read other reviews saying they noisy, i suggest to them to have there tire dealer check to see if they have other issues like a bent rim/rims or balancing issues before slamming a tires performance.I reccomend highly. The best set of tires i've ever driven on, and i can say that because i;ve been around awhile.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2011 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
November 09, 2012

my 2011 335d w/sports pkg shipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP rft summer tires, an amazing tire (my favorite rft for summer) but harsh on the ride quality in terms of impact when hitting bumps and such. it was time for new tires and i wanted an all-season tire that i could use in cold conditions (35F-60F), rain, and possibly light snow. i also needed an rft tire as my car does not have room for a spare. i got very frustrated in my search and was close to just buying non-rft tires, Continental ExtremeContact DWS to be exact, because i couldn't find any high performance all-season rfts that had a softer ride and positive reviews. the only tire i could find were the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT, which i read had harsh ride quality and they were not all-season.

i hesitantly ordered these Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires hoping that i would not have wasted $1200. they were very new and i couldn't find any specific reviews concerning these tires on an E90 335d. boy was i pleasantly surprised when i drove away with these tires. they honestly feel/act like non-rft tires!! the ride is just perfect, not too soft, not too harsh. with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, every time i hit a bump, i clenched my teeth and my body would tense up because of the impact on my car...i felt like every bump was damaging my rims or suspension...i hated it.

i have driven in rain and cold ( 34F-104F wet and dry) at both city and highway speeds, and these tires have done great. i don't feel like i have compromised the awesome performance characteristics of my car, yet i get a little bit softer rft ride quality. honestly, these tires don't ride like other rfts. again, they ride like non-rft tires. i gotta hand it to Bridgestone….fantastic engineering with these tires. the only thing i have not done is drive in snow with the new tires, and i'm not sure i feel safe doing so with 425 lb of torque at the rear wheels. i highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.29

1998 BMW 328i
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: DENVER , CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
October 13, 2012

I used to run Yokohama tires on all my BMWs. This was my first General tire based upon tirerack reviews and surveys. Highly recommended! They handle great, ride quiet and affordably priced. With only 5,000 miles to date, I can not comment on tread wear. I have Hankook winter tires on separate rims, so no info on snow or ice performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2000 BMW 323Ci
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Miles driven on tires: 80
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 80 Miles on Tires
August 09, 2012

245/40/17 17x9 LTW5 lightweight rims. Still breakin the tires in, so its too early to give a full evaluation but man...these tires are so ---- comfy. Coming from 255/40 Star Specs, the comfort is night and day. I was just so use to having a bumpy ride. I'm also saving 5 pounds per tire of unsprung weight from the old set-up, so I'm sure that's coming into play as well. I've only taken a couple of corners hard and WOW...just like I expected. So far, I'm loving the Super Sports. I can't wait to hit the canyons after they're fully broken in. I just wish they made a 255/40/17 already.

Axis Brings Back a Classic Design

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Axis now offers the Klassic wheel in a mesh style for the following vehicles:

  • VW Golf
  • VW Scirocco
  • BMW E36 (3 Series)
  • BMW E32 (5 Series)

Available in a 17" rim diameter with a polished lip in either black, gold or silver centers, the Klassic wheel uses the tightly spaced spoke design and a solid lug cover to replicate the look of the old 14" and 15" wheels from the past -- right down to the imitation assembly lugs. This style of wheel was used as Original Equipment on many BMW sedans and coupes, and has continued to remain popular throughout the years.

Visit our Upgrade Garage to see if the Klassic wheel is a great fit for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT DSST

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT DSST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10.00
 
 

2011 BMW 550i xDrive Sedan Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 5,620
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,620 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2012

My biggest issue with this tire on a 20 inch rim is its sensitivity to poor roads. I have burned through three of these tires in a year and have not had a major pot hole hit... just poor Chicago roads. Always the same thing... large bubbles in the side wall from impact damage. Like most people, I understand that if you hit a good pot hole you will have tire issues no matter what tire you have... this is only compounded when you run 20 in. rims. My advice is to buy this tire as a run flat if you run low profiles. This is a great driving tire, but it does not hold up well to poor road quality.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z IIIReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2006 BMW M5 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Newark, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2011

Very comfortable tire so far. I have driven with the M5 in normal mode setting and the tires have been phenomenal (haven't tested them in P500 mode). So far I have driven through dry and extremely wet conditions and this tire performs even better in the rain. They appear to outperform the 19 inch Z rated Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires I originally had in both comfort and durability, and the Sumitomos have a smaller sidewall.



Unfortunately, I haven't done enough driving to review the tread wear yet but I will update this review as time passes, I can attest that noise is low, traction is very good and the sidewall does a great job of protecting the new 20 inch deep dish Dynamic Performance rims I installed with these tires. Overall, I am very satisfied and would buy these tires again, in fact I'm thinking of buying one spare for the front and one spare for the back (staggered).

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Graspic DS-3

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Graspic DS-3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
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Miles driven on tires: 2000
Location: Akron, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2012

OK, it is my first tire review so bear with me. We have four cars and live in NE Ohio. I have a very steep driveway and during the winter always found myself parking at the bottom of the driveway and walking up. I used all season perfromance tires and winter driving was fair, but I was always sliding and white knuckling it. I did not know any better. Then I got an all wheel drive BMW. I gave the Grand Prix to my daughter and last year I got all season passenger tires for the car. The winter handling was markedly improved but still could not get up the driveway in the Grand Prix. This year we were supposed to have a bad winter so I bought her a set of the dunlop graspic ds-3's. I got the 16 inch tire and wheel package with steel rims and hub caps and just swapped out the tires.

Best $700 I ever spent.

She said the winter driving was much better.
Then this weekend happened. It was a blizzard. I had to pick my son up and decided to see how the tires performed compared to my all wheel drive BMW with performance all season tires.

Here is where the review begins. These are awesome. It did better in the snow than my all wheel drivey car. Stable on the back roads (where my wife was sliding in her all wheel drive Audi), stable on the highway, and most important - it made it up the driveway with no traction control assist.
I drive the Grand Prix for 4 years and can say for certain without the snow tires would never have made it up. The BMW uses the traction control and all wheel drive to get up.

If I had know this before I would never have gotten an all wheel drive car. The front wheel drive Grand Prix with the Dunlop's is much better than the all wheel drive BMW with all seaon high performance tires. Really it is. In all conditions - up hill, down hill, around corners, on ice, and in snow.

Now the bad. The ride is significantly softer. Car leans into corners much more than before. And there is more road noise.

I would highly recommend these tires

 

Wheel Clearance Event: Bright PVD Bremmer Kraft BR05

Monday, February 6, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been checking out our Wheel Clearance Event?

One unique finish that may have caught your eye is the bright PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish on the Bremmer Kraft BR05. Physical Vapor Deposition is when the manufacturer electrostatically applies an ionized vapor to the alloy surface in a closed chamber. The process creates a finish that's bright but a little more resistant to weather and corrosion compared to traditional chrome rims. The photo below shows how the BR05 (on the right) compares to a popular chrome wheel from Von Max, the VM2.

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Although every driver has his or her own preference, I like the look of the BR05 on white, black, silver and grey vehicles. The mesh styling will also work with many different applications, including the staggered 19" sizes available for the 2009 (E60 chassis) BMW 528i Sedan. 

A set of 19x8 20mm offset front wheels and 19x9 20mm offset rear wheels combined with the versatile Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-MAX AS-03 in 245/35-19 and 275/30-19 is only $1480* plus shipping. The front wheels have been marked down from $235 to $149, while the rear wheels are currently $89.
 

19x8 20mm offset Bright PVD Bremmer Kraft BR05
Bremmer Kraft BR05
245/35R19 Ultra High Performance All-Season General G-MAX AS-03
245/35ZR19 G-MAX AS-03

FAQ:

 

  1. I want to be able to rotate my tires, can I run either the 19x8 20mm offset or the 19x9 20mm offset option on the front and back? If so, what tire size should I run? Either wheel will work in both positions with a 245/35-19 tire. When you select the 245/35-19 size and the 19x9 wheel, you'll have less rubber protruding beyond the edge of the rim making it easier to scrape the outside of the wheel.

  2. Will the Bremmer Kraft BR05 accept my original BMW center cap? Yes, or you can purchase additional O.E. caps for $15 with your order.

*Prices subject to change, limited quantities, including sensors and excluding shipping

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12

2011 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10000
Location: Wilmington, De
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2012

I purchased a set of 19" rims as a summer set up and went with the recommended 8.5 & 9.5 package. I choose the Pilot Super Sport when I heard they were replacing the PS2's based on Tire reviews and E90 Post reviews. At first I was afraid of moving up to a 19" wheel and tire from my O.E.M. 18" Bridgestone run flats because I really like the way road and handled. These Super Sports are by far the best tires I have ever purchased. They ride exceptionally quiet and smooth and handle like nothing I have ever experienced. I can't say enough about the performance and the killer aggressive look. The only complaint I may have is the tread life. I recently removed them from my car to change over to my factory 18" rims and Blizzaks and noticed that the tread depth is going quick. This being said, I plan to use them till the end and then I may switch to a High Performance All Season tire (DWS?) that will give me more than two summer seasons. If money wasn't and issue I would keep buying them. Fantastic tire for the true sports car enthusiast!

Studless Ice and Snow Tires for Your E90 xDrive 3 Series

Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Like all 3 Series E90 BMWs, xDrives come with run-flat tires and no spare. It's difficult to engineer a winter tire with good ice grip and the ability to handle the duress of running 50 miles with 0 lbs. of air pressure. Therefore, there are no compatible run-flat winter tires for the xDrive with the ice grip of a Studless Ice and Snow winter / snow tire.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Depending on engine and trim, your Original Equipment sizing ranges between 16" to 18" with staggered (wider rear tire) options. 

328i xDrives can run either 16" or 17" winter / snow tires while 335i xDrives are limited to 17" or 18" options because 16" wheels won't clear the larger 335i xDrive brakes. Personally, I believe the 205/55-16 Studless Ice and Snow tires would be an ideal fit for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The US-spec E90 3 Series uses valve-stem-mounted Direct TPMS that you can reset yourself by following instructions in your owner's manual.

16" Studless Ice and Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for 328i xDrive

When selecting a Studless Ice and Snow tire for the 328i xDrive, I'd recommend the 205/55-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi2 on 16x7.5 35mm offset Sport Edition A7 wheels in either silver or black for $1044.**

205/55-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi2
205/55-16 Michelin
X-Ice Xi2
16x7.5 35mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
16x7.5 35mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
16x7.5 35mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7
16x7.5 35mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7

17" Studless Ice and Snow Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for 335i xDrive

For a Studless Ice and Snow tire for the 335i xDrive I'd recommend the 225/45-17 non-run-flat Continental ExtremeWinterContact on the Sport Edition A7 at $1228.**

225/45-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
225/45-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
17x7.5 32mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
17x7.5 32mm offset Silver Painted Sport Edition A7
17x7.5 32mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7
17x7.5 32mm offset Black Painted Sport Edition A7

2011 BMW xDrive 3 Series FAQ:
  1. Will the Sport Edition A7 accept my O.E. BMW center cap? Yes.
  2. If my vehicle is equipped with the Sport Package or the M Sport Package with wider tires in the back, is it okay to run the same tire size in the front and back? Yes. Since 225/45-17, 255/40-17, 225/40-18 and 255/35-18 are all 25" in overall diameter you'll be maintaining the same overall diameter, therefore this will have no effect on the vehicle's Dynamic Traction Control.
  3. If I'm using my Sport Package or M Sport Package wheels, is it okay to run a narrower size tire on the wider rear rim? Yes, a 17x8.5 wheel will accept a 225/45-17 tire and a 18x8.5 wheel will accept a 225/40-18 tire. Just be more careful when parallel parking because you'll have less rubber protruding beyond the edge of the rim. So, it's easier to scrape a wheel against a curb.
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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Friday, January 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3DReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18

2005 BMW 545i Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 20000
Location: Longmont, Co
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2011

I used these on both a BMW 545i and an Acura RL awd. They ran great on the both platforms. I put about 20K on them in 2 seasons and yet they are still holding up this winter. I did mount them on Rial Rims as a second set so they were not on the factory rims. Both cars handled well on dry pavement and in snow. Ice was a little squirrley - but they were not studded. I never went off the road with them on though. Tread life is amazing. They still have 5/32nds on them and I drive a lot and I bought them used from someone with a BMW x drive.