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Old 15th May 2015, 10:59   #4771
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In the USA I used Sears for all my tires and balancing work. I found them pretty good, accomodating (I want to see what they are doing and not many USA workshop allow that), and reasonably priced.
Just remembered something after I wrote this:
Ron White might not be to everybodies liking, but I still think this story on Sears is hilarious:

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Could be tires, rims, or the suspension.......

Good luck, let us know what happens.
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Well, depends on how often & how hard you bumped into those potholes ...
Just came back from the dealer, both passenger side tires are screwed because of potholes and got a quote for 1200 Bucks. They said best would be to fit new rims on the tires. ( Which should be taken with a pinch of salt is a popular saying about dealerships in general) But they can also try to fix the wheel by straightening it and would cost approx 400 bucks. However, according to the tech, the bend is real bad on rear tire and best would be to get it replaced.

Now I have to start looking for some Indy shop to see what can be done. Looking to get it straightened there and alignment at BMW. That is the update for now

Let me know if you guys have any suggestions.
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Now I have to start looking for some Indy shop to see what can be done. Looking to get it straightened there and alignment at BMW. That is the update for now

Let me know if you guys have any suggestions.
Did they say how badly the rims were bent?

For starters, I'd try to get the rims Road Force aligned, that might save you the cost of buying new rims.

RunFlat tires, unfortunately, are expensive whether you buy from the dealership or outside.

I'd taken the wheel & tire replacement warranty for my 3 Series - that had helped quite a bit.
Unfortunately, I haven't taken it for my 5...

Also, if you don't want to go in for new BMW wheels & tires (they're EXPENSIVE), TireRack usually has good packages.
You will probably be able to get a set of wheels & tires for about $1500 vs the $1200 that the dealer has quoted.

A nice set of Rial wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sports will be a good decent package.
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Did they say how badly the rims were bent?
Fortunately the tires are out of question for now. The tread is sufficient and doesn't need a replacement. What i cannot fathom is the quote of 1075 for two rims.

I wanted to see the bent rim in action, but could not see it as it was on the inner lip. I think straightening the front tire is what they suggested and new rim for the rear one.

However 500 bucks per rim is too steep. if I see it here

http://www.allfactorywheels.com/prod...%22-71535.html
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Fortunately the tires are out of question for now. The tread is sufficient and doesn't need a replacement. What i cannot fathom is the quote of 1075 for two rims.

I wanted to see the bent rim in action, but could not see it as it was on the inner lip. I think straightening the front tire is what they suggested and new rim for the rear one.

However 500 bucks per rim is too steep. if I see it here

http://www.allfactorywheels.com/prod...%22-71535.html
You can check in Bimmer forums or Modded car forums to if anyone is selling their stock rims
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However 500 bucks per rim is too steep. if I see it here
http://www.allfactorywheels.com/prod...%22-71535.html
I looked up on eBay but they are mostly sold in set of 4's ; saw one listing at $800 for 4 wheels but nothing in pairs. This may be the signal for you to go wild and think of upgrading to 18's and sell those remaining 17's. Just a thought
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Hey guys,
Anybody up for a meet in the New England area on the weekend on the 30th?

Let's coordinate here -> https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-...us-meet-7.html
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Mustang SHELBY to start less than 50K

http://blog.caranddriver.com/omustan...prices-leaked/

That is a spot on price. Lots of Corvette buyers will now rethink.
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Mustang SHELBY to start less than 50K

http://blog.caranddriver.com/omustan...prices-leaked/

That is a spot on price. Lots of Corvette buyers will now rethink.
Pricing is excellent - I was expecting closer to 60k. However, the Corvette and the Shelby - they are different types of cars - but yes, if all you care for is an American car, RWD, big V8 - you certainly can cross shop those two.
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Pricing is excellent - I was expecting closer to 60k. However, the Corvette and the Shelby - they are different types of cars - but yes, if all you care for is an American car, RWD, big V8 - you certainly can cross shop those two.
I was thinking more in power to weight ratio. Whatever the Corvette has in handling could be matched by the Shelby's high HP.
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Mustang SHELBY to start less than 50K

http://blog.caranddriver.com/omustan...prices-leaked/

That is a spot on price. Lots of Corvette buyers will now rethink.
The carbon-fibre wheels are THE deal on the GT350R - in a car in this price/performance bracket, that is just acing it. The magazines first said that in Jan at the reveal, but I thought it'd be an option rather than std. equipment. Ford has pretty much set the bar now on unsprung weight for the American muscle-car three. Kudos to our (for India) very own Raj Nair - GVP Product Dev. The man is a true car guy - raced in earlier days and is still all about performance - Fiesta/Focus ST, the insane Focus RS, the GT350, the F150 Raptor and the GT.

And the price is going to make the Chevy Z/28 look foolish at $75k.
BTW - that's the market the GT350R is aiming at - not really for the 'Vette buyers - they're not looking at Mustangs - they're cross-shopping Porsches and Vipers.

On another note, I can't wait for the NHRA Nationals in Aug - the all new factory CobraJet w/ sub 11sec v the Hellcat
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Completed a 15 day family trip to California and came back this weekend. Have taken thousands of photos and videos. Here is a dashcam shot of the road CA395 north from Bishop taken from my car. I had rented a 2015 RAV4 from Hertz for the duration of my tour.



Bishop is a small and beautiful town on the east of the Sierras and the road north of it is very scenic with full views of the snow clad mountains and some interesting lakes.
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Did they say how badly the rims were bent?...
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I looked up on eBay ......
Just an update about the bent rims:

Found a local guy who seems to have had a ton of experience in correcting bent rims. Had him fix it, balanced the Run-Flats and went to the BMW dealer and got the alignment done which was way off the mark.

Buying, Owning, Driving and Maintaining a car in North America-20150601_104912.jpg

and Voila! No more vibration; Car is so much quieter , no shake and I am loving it.

Total Damage :
Bent Rim Fix: $220
Alignment : $140
Total Damage because of Potholes: $360.
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and Voila! No more vibration; Car is so much quieter , no shake and I am loving it.
Good to know that wheels were in repairable condition and I can imagine the feeling on that smooth/firm ride back in your beemer again!
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Just an update about the bent rims:

Found a local guy who seems to have had a ton of experience in correcting bent rims. Had him fix it, balanced the Run-Flats and went to the BMW dealer and got the alignment done which was way off the mark.

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and Voila! No more vibration; Car is so much quieter , no shake and I am loving it.

Total Damage :
Bent Rim Fix: $220
Alignment : $140
Total Damage because of Potholes: $360.
Good going. Are you going to get alternate set of shoes for winter early spring next year to not be bothered with these troubles again?
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