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Old 15th December 2020, 21:48   #121
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Default Re: 2018 BMW 320d - 5 runflats gone bad in 4 months!

Although, there is quite a bit of criticism for RFTs here I think quite a few havent faced any problem yet either and hence the dilemma. Its quite evident from both the contrasting experiences. I too right now am a believer in RFTs given my usage in the last 5yrs but I guess one waits for once bitten twice shy to take effect.
Anyways, after multiple rounds of discussions with known & unknown tire dealers, as well various people at the Navnit workshop & specific BMW after market guys (recommended by the only person I trust in the Navnit system), this is what am planning to do and then will take it as it comes

1.To get hold of after market alloys with the same pcd etc in this short span of time doesnt seem to be possible, so am going to eliminate carrying alloys & just the tubeless tires. This is off course based on a few conversations and reading up that the probability of the alloys being damaged during the tire burst if at all is low.

2. In terms of sizes the rear tire size of 285/45/R19 is not available (both used & new) in Mumbai except for 1 RFT in BMW which I will not be taking for sure. The front one (255/50/R19) used but in a very decent condition tubeless is available and so is a 275/55/R19 tubeless. So I would be carrying these two along. Unfortunately these two cant work properly both on the 9J (275/55/R19 may touch while turning) & 10J (255/50 R19 fit issues) Rims so this is the cumbersome option. I really dont have any boot space issue since there are two of us with one large bag each.

I have got contacts of couple of bigger tire guys in both Jaisalmer & Bikaner tomorrow, so will be calling them tomorrow. If the 255/50/R19 tubeless is easily available there then I will ditch lugging that tire with me.

3. There is another in between profile 265/50/R19, which is used on the Porsche, and will fit both on 9J & 10J w/o any issues. One can easily drive 500-600km slowly and reaching a city with BMW workshop & other larger tire dealers. So in the next couple of days if am able to trace this one then its a less cumbersome carry.

4. RFT tire changing machine - it seems very unlikely that I will be able to access this in Jaisalmer / Bikaner but all the guys here seem pretty confident that taking the damaged RFT off the alloy without damaging it will be possible for experienced tire guys there and putting a tubeless on it will be easy. Apparently nothing needs to be reset apart from the tire pressure monitoring system as well.

Overall given all the hours of reading up & discussing with various people will probably make me a bit more conscious when driving and I will avoid night driving on highways as much as possible. So lets see.

Anyways, thanks both of you for sharing your experiences. Will update once my trip is done.

Cheers!
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