Tire Options When Replacing Run-Flats on Your BMW

A  very common question involves replacing the run-flat tires found on many BMW vehicles. They are Original Equipment on many BMW cars and SUVs including 1 series, 3 series, X3 and X5 among others. 

Can my original wheels be used? Yes. A non-run-flat tire can be safely mounted onto a factory BMW wheel that originally held run-flats. There are exceptions to this, specifically on Honda Odyssey Touring models with the PAX system. However, all BMW factory wheels will accept a regular tire.

Will my local installer need special equipment when I make the change?
When you first change from a run-flat to a non-run-flat tire, the installer will need run-flat capable equipment to remove the original tire. Many of our Recommended Installers have this equipment.

There are many options available when making this change. Our website and sales specialists are ready to help.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by Russ Calo

So I was given "Summer Only" run flat tires. I began sliding. I live in MD and was never told that these were Summer Only. The dealership had no informtion regarding "Summer Only" After considerable urguments they put regular tires on my car. Now I don't have a spare because the front and back tire are different sizes. Would anyone recommend all season run flat?
Sunday, October 2, 2011 by carolyn

I would recommend all season run flat tires. I have them on my BMW. I like them and the ride performance,also because i don't have to worry about changing tires throughout varies seasons.
Sunday, December 18, 2011 by Patrick

Can a Pax wheel from a 2007 Nissan Quest be used with a conventional (non-pax) tire?
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 by james cameron

My understanding is that with run flats the suspension tuning is different than standard tires. The standard cost for the suspension tuning should be revealed in pricing on your site or at least so that your consumers are well-informed as is the tirerack way (thank goodness).

also, BMW states that these tires cannot be replaced by non run flats..
that they would not honor warranties prior to the 4 year expiration if you make this change (yes, regarding tires, rims, brakes, suspension (especially after 3rd party adjustment/tuning) anything related to wheels). BMW shame on you, please give your customers an option to have the cars with or without run flats.
Monday, June 2, 2014 by Teresa

We have a brand new BMW X3 (maybe 4 months old) and it got something in the tire so it shows low tire pressure. As we have Run Flats, and live in Germany, repair is not an option. A couple questions:
1. Since tires rarely just pop and go completely flat right away, is this run-flat technology really necessary, when the entire tire has to be replaced - at no small expense! - whenever you get a nail in it? It seems like a supreme waste of money to me.
2. Are you seeing many/most people switching back to regular all wheel tires?
3. Most importantly - do you ship to APO? You are recommended by the BMW dealer here in Stuttgart so I assume you do, but just to be sure....'
Thank you,
Teresa Christenson
Monday, June 2, 2014 by hunter

1) Opinions vary on whether or not necessary. BMW clearly feels it is.
2) Yes many people do change, but this is not a good idea if leasing.
3) We do ship to APO
Friday, September 5, 2014 by Sergei

Could you please explain why replacing RFs with non-RFs is NOT a good idea if leasing? In other words, why replacing and saving the original RFs in the beginning of the lease, using the non-RFs (with all their benefits during the 36 months), and then putting the original RFs back on the car right before returning the car to the dealer is not a good idea?
Monday, February 9, 2015 by Robert

I don't care if they are run flat or not, I just want a quiet tire. After changing my old tires on my F250 with Pirelli Scorpion tires I was shocked at the new found silence. Is there a run flat replacement tire that will give me a quiet ride. I am looking into the Bridgestone Dueler Sport run flat for my X5 BMW.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by hunter

Hi Robert,
I am afraid the X5 run flat options will not provide the noise relief you are hoping for.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Andy M

I need to replace my busted x3 2013 run flat tire n the rear. Is it ok if i use a different brand (same specs)? The Do i need to change ALL tires? Suppose ill change just 1 or both rear tires? Thanks....anyone?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by hunter

We firmly beleive in keepnig the same tire brand model on all 4 corners of the vehicle. So we would suggest either buying 2 of what you have now or 4 of something different
Saturday, October 10, 2015 by Joshua

hi I have a 2013 doge journey RT and I'm looking to go from 225/55r19 to maybe a 18 it is AW drive and was just wondering if I can do this and not mess anything up and if so what Tire size would work thanks
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by hunter

Hi Joshua,
The correct 18" size would be 225/60R18
Sunday, January 17, 2016 by Fabian

I have a 2011 BMW 535xi and I'm not sure if I want to trade it in soon or keep it for possibly one more year. I drive almost 25,000 miles/yr and push it hard almost every time. I'm wondering if I decide to go with a non-run flat will I experience any performance changes, particularly with the factory suspension set for run-flats? What non-run flat would you recommend for hi performance all season?
Saturday, April 16, 2016 by Wayne

My 2013 X5 has 25,000 miles now and its Michelin Latitude Tour ZP tires are all worn and need to be replaced (255/55-R18). I need something not wears out too quicklly, RFT or Not. Any suggestion?
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by hunter

Hi Wanye,
I would look at the Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Plus
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Matt

Hi Fabian, I have the same exact car. Did you ever get an answer? What did you decide to do? I am in the same boar.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Hunter

Hi Matt and Fabian.
I would look tot he Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 + for a high performance all season non run flat tires.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 by Joan

I leased a 328i BMW. Since my lease was up soon and I needed tires, I went with less expensive tires than OEM (non-run flat). Upon my lease-end inspection at BMW, I was informed that BMW requires run flat tires to be on the vehicle and I would be billed $1200 to replace the tires I just bought! I suggest if you are switching them out for whatever reason, hang onto the run flats so you can reinstall them at the end of the lease.

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