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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:11 am    Post subject: Winter Tyre Compilation Reply with quote

I've tried to trawl through the forum for all the possible links to discussions about winter tyres but, to be honest, I've lost the will to live ...

Please could any owner/member, who has taken the plunge and acquired winter wheels/tyres, contribute a summary of what they bought, for which vehicle and from where.

This might help others as the winter season approaches ...

As a starter for ten:

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

(Currently looking for cheap alloys for D3 for 205/55/16 ...)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for BCool
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for BCool
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)

vblanche
D3 touring (E91)
wheels : set of genuine BMW 17" alloys from Ebay (£400)
tyres: 225/45R17...soon to be acquired
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for BCool
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)

vblanche
D3 touring (E91)
wheels : set of genuine BMW 17" alloys from Ebay (£400)
tyres: 225/45R17...soon to be acquired

IAM Joe
D3 MT (E90)
Wheels: Secondhand E-bay - E90 BMW 17" (£300)
Tyres: 225/50 R17 (98V) XL - Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme (£564) from Tyremen
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for BCool
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)

vblanche
D3 touring (E91)
wheels : set of genuine BMW 17" alloys from Ebay (£400)
tyres: 225/45R17...soon to be acquired

IAM Joe
D3 MT (E90)
Wheels: Secondhand E-bay - E90 BMW 17" (£300)
Tyres: 225/50 R17 (98V) XL - Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme (£564) from Tyremen

På Taket
D3 MT (E90)
Steel wheels and Nokian WR G2 205/55 R16 91H M&S
Complete package from Delticom (www.mytyres.co.uk) £520 delivered.

X5 xDrive 35d (E70)
Unused 18" alloys off upgraded vehicle from bmminiparts £800.
Vredestein Wintrac 4 Extreme 255/55 R18 109V M&S XL from Camskill£420 delivered plus £50 local fit / balance
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for BCool
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)

vblanche
D3 touring (E91)
wheels : set of genuine BMW 17" alloys from Ebay (£400)
tyres: 225/45R17...soon to be acquired

IAM Joe
D3 MT (E90)
Wheels: Secondhand E-bay - E90 BMW 17" (£300)
Tyres: 225/50 R17 (98V) XL - Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme (£564) from Tyremen

På Taket
D3 MT (E90)
Steel wheels and Nokian WR G2 205/55 R16 91H M&S
Complete package from Delticom (www.mytyres.co.uk) £520 delivered.

X5 xDrive 35d (E70)
Unused 18" alloys off upgraded vehicle from bmminiparts £800.
Vredestein Wintrac 4 Extreme 255/55 R18 109V M&S XL from Camskill£420 delivered plus £50 local fit / balance

Darmstadt (B3BT)
Wheels: 8x18" Alpina Classics (summer is 9x19" Alpina Dynamics)
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport 2 M+S 235/40R18 (summer are also Michelin Sport Pilot 2 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for B
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)

vblanche
D3 touring (E91)
wheels : set of genuine BMW 17" alloys from Ebay (£400)
tyres: 225/45R17...soon to be acquired

IAM Joe
D3 MT (E90)
Wheels: Secondhand E-bay - E90 BMW 17" (£300)
Tyres: 225/50 R17 (98V) XL - Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme (£564) from Tyremen

På Taket
D3 MT (E90)
Steel wheels and Nokian WR G2 205/55 R16 91H M&S
Complete package from Delticom (www.mytyres.co.uk) £520 delivered.

X5 xDrive 35d (E70)
Unused 18" alloys off upgraded vehicle from bmminiparts £800.
Vredestein Wintrac 4 Extreme 255/55 R18 109V M&S XL from Camskill£420 delivered plus £50 local fit / balance

Darmstadt (B3BT)
Wheels: 8x18" Alpina Classics (summer is 9x19" Alpina Dynamics)
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport 2 M+S 235/40R18 (summer are also Michelin Sport Pilot 2 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19)

Simon1397 (B10 3.3 Touring)
Wheels: second-hand 7 x 16" BMW Turbine alloys from e-bay for £170
Tyres: Avon Ice Touring ST winter tyres 225/55 R16 for £109 each.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles
B3S Touring (E46)
Wheels - secondhand set of 17" E46 wheels from Ebay (£175)
Tyres - Michelin Primacy Alpin 225/40/17 (£660)

Scorchio
B3 3.3 (E46)
Wheels - RC Design RC02 (free with purchase of car)
Tyres - Michelin Pilot Alpin 225/45/17 (free)

Misko
BMW 118d
Wheels - 16" standard but should have gotten steel rims as it costs ~£80 for two fittings and removals per year!!!
Tyres - Goodyear Ultra Grip 7+ 195/55/16 from mytyres.co.uk (~£300)

ChrisLux
B8 4.6 Touring (E36)
Wheels & tyres from Ebay.de - 17'' Softlines with Michelin Pilot Alpin
225/45x17 Eur400
(205/45x17 normally recommended for B
(When the Michelin's wear out I will replace with Continental ContiSport
M&S which I've had on my last 2 E36's,E39 and E53 and would thoroughly recommend)

vblanche
D3 touring (E91)
wheels : set of genuine BMW 17" alloys from Ebay (£400)
tyres:Michelin Primacy alpin PA3 91H 225/45R17

IAM Joe
D3 MT (E90)
Wheels: Secondhand E-bay - E90 BMW 17" (£300)
Tyres: 225/50 R17 (98V) XL - Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme (£564) from Tyremen

På Taket
D3 MT (E90)
Steel wheels and Nokian WR G2 205/55 R16 91H M&S
Complete package from Delticom (www.mytyres.co.uk) £520 delivered.

X5 xDrive 35d (E70)
Unused 18" alloys off upgraded vehicle from bmminiparts £800.
Vredestein Wintrac 4 Extreme 255/55 R18 109V M&S XL from Camskill£420 delivered plus £50 local fit / balance

Darmstadt (B3BT)
Wheels: 8x18" Alpina Classics (summer is 9x19" Alpina Dynamics)
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport 2 M+S 235/40R18 (summer are also Michelin Sport Pilot 2 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19)

Simon1397 (B10 3.3 Touring)
Wheels: second-hand 7 x 16" BMW Turbine alloys from e-bay for £170
Tyres: Avon Ice Touring ST winter tyres 225/55 R16 for £109 each
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies for spoiling the flow of this thread with a simplistic 'newbie' question but why are many UK based alpina nutters (lovers) changing to the winter tyres and rims thi stime of year?

I ask because having driven BMWs in the southwest for 8 years I have only experience a couple of days where Ive not been able to get the car out due to weather conditions.

Is it something to do with preservation of the alpina alloys? are they particularly succeptble to road salting and corrosion? Is applying a couple of coats of wax/wheelguard insufficient?

again, apologies for the slight diversion

Ta

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It isn't a case of changing wheels/tyres right now - rather a case of being prepared for winter. Nor is it about protecting ALPINA alloys.

With the first hint of ice or snow, BMWs tend to fail to make any forward progress. The use of winter tyres means that we can continue to move around relatively normally.

The purpose of this thread is to provide guidance to fellow owners of the winter set-up combinations that have been used or planned to be used when the temperature drops below 7C and wide low profile summer rubber becomes significantly less effective.

Having switched last year, I was able to travel around pretty much anywhere when we had the terrible conditions last January & February - which I quite simply would have been unable to do otherwise.

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles wrote:
It isn't a case of changing wheels/tyres right now - rather a case of being prepared for winter. Nor is it about protecting ALPINA alloys.

With the first hint of ice or snow, BMWs tend to fail to make any forward progress. The use of winter tyres means that we can continue to move around relatively normally.

The purpose of this thread is to provide guidance to fellow owners of the winter set-up combinations that have been used or planned to be used when the temperature drops below 7C and wide low profile summer rubber becomes significantly less effective.

Having switched last year, I was able to travel around pretty much anywhere when we had the terrible conditions last January & February - which I quite simply would have been unable to do otherwise.

Hope this helps


The snow did render my coupe useless last year. The 9.5" wide rears were as useful as a chocolate fireguard. It did however mean that I had to work from home. Which aint all that bad as the missus fiesta had no trouble with the snow and she still went to work.

I will look into the winter tyre thing taking advice from this post but with a baby imminent they may won't be priority.

Thanks

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonFlintoni wrote:
a baby imminent they may won't be priority.
Congratulations !!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonFlintoni wrote:
The snow did render my coupe useless last year. The 9.5" wide rears were as useful as a chocolate fireguard. It did however mean that I had to work from home. Which aint all that bad as the missus fiesta had no trouble with the snow and she still went to work.

I will look into the winter tyre thing taking advice from this post but with a baby imminent they may won't be priority.


Last winter's weather made us remember just why we'd bought the Mini....no dramas at all there in all weather, and we can cope with only one car available so the Alpina won't get used in snowy weather (very rare it snows here anyway Very Happy ).

Congrats on the imminent arrival...
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