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Old 24th February 2021, 20:16   #211
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Its decision time for replacement Tyres on my BMW330i M Shadow- Sport
Going by how you have described the road conditions and your driving style, please avoid sizes like 245/40/18 and 235/40/18 (Option 1 in your quotation) as these will reduce sidewall and ground clearance. And I wouldn't really recommend 255/45/18 (Option 3) as well since it's an overkill size (too tall).

I would recommend a square setup of 245/45/18 for you. Many F30's abroad and even here in India run this size without any issues and it's perfect for you because you will get little more sidewall thereby improving comfort and ground clearance by a decent margin. Fellow TBHP member Moontan also runs the same setup on his F30. Conti SC5 are pretty good tyres as well.
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I too am in dilemma whether to replace the tyres with RFTs or go for Tubeless route. I have 320 d prestige model which has stock size of 225/55/R16. I noticed in the earlier thread that Dr. Mohit too having the similar model had opted for the tubeless tyres and was happy other thoughts regarding the same. Similarly I see other fellow members having better ride experience with the tubeless. The question which comes to my mind is does the rim size i.e. 16 have any different impact between RFTs and Tubeless. I see lot of other members do have gone the tubeless route having a rim size of 17 or 18 inches.

In the given circumstances where the imports are restricted if I decide to opt for the tubeless route do you think to go ahead with local brands like MRF or Apollo.

Has anyone tired Yokohama Advan sport in the similar size of 225/55/R16 and how has been your experience so far.
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The question which comes to my mind is does the rim size i.e. 16 have any different impact between RFTs and Tubeless. I see lot of other members do have gone the tubeless route having a rim size of 17 or 18 inches.

In the given circumstances where the imports are restricted if I decide to opt for the tubeless route do you think to go ahead with local brands like MRF or Apollo.

Has anyone tired Yokohama Advan sport in the similar size of 225/55/R16 and how has been your experience so far.
Just go for it.
A friend switched over to tubeless on his E90 320D CE which has 16" and is very happy.
Improved ride, better availability, and better grip.

Avoid the local brands by and large given what the 3 series is capable off. That being said, there are outliers to this statement such as the MRF Perfinzas. Have a look through Nikhil's post on the same when he used them on his Octy vRS.

The Yokos are a great option as well, as are Conti Sport Contact 5/6 which seem to be available.
If you can wait a couple more months, michelin & others may be available again.
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Just go for it.
A friend switched over to tubeless on his E90 320D CE which has 16" and is very happy.
Improved ride, better availability, and better grip.

Avoid the local brands by and large given what the 3 series is capable off. That being said, there are outliers to this statement such as the MRF Perfinzas. Have a look through Nikhil's post on the same when he used them on his Octy vRS.
Thanks for the response, I have been using MRF Perfinzas on my Vento since last few months and the experience is very good. However, I don't seem to find Perfinzas in this size. Perfinzas are coming in size 205/55/16 so whether 20mm will make any difference in the ride quality. Since 320d is already low height sedan and with the bumpers in this country I am in dilemma.
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Thanks for the response, I have been using MRF Perfinzas on my Vento since last few months and the experience is very good. However, I don't seem to find Perfinzas in this size. Perfinzas are coming in size 205/55/16 so whether 20mm will make any difference in the ride quality. Since 320d is already low height sedan and with the bumpers in this country I am in dilemma.
Do not go for a size smaller than what you have currently.
225 is the width of the tyre, 55 is the aspect ratio of sidewall to width of tyre, and R16 is the rim size.
Switching to 205/55R16 will reduce your ground clearance & ride (lower sidewall), impact grip and braking (lower width), and also impact your tyre circumference which will affect your speedometer accuracy significantly.

Stick to 225/55R16 and find something that would do justice to the BMW - Conti MC5 / SC5; yoko advan sport; or a similar calibre.
Check with other dealers as well.
If nothing available, do try and wait as the situation is improving slowly.
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Finally I got all 4 tyres of my car changed to Michelin Primacy 3 ZP. It cost me a bomb (20K each, about 3K more than the actual cost) but I had a long trip coming up and did not want to wait. The existing tyres were nearly 5.5 years old, had run 28K , become hard and more noisy. Thanks to all of you who helped me.Appreciate it. For my next change, I will probably try tubeless if the car is still with me that is😀.
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Finally I got all 4 tyres of my car changed to Michelin Primacy 3 ZP. It cost me a bomb (20K each, about 3K more than the actual cost) but I had a long trip coming up and did not want to wait.
Good to hear. If you don't mind sharing, where did you source them and what were the manufacturing dates? Also, did the dealer mention about the Michelin 4 ZP coming to India in the near future?
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Good to hear. If you don't mind sharing, where did you source them and what were the manufacturing dates? Also, did the dealer mention about the Michelin 4 ZP coming to India in the near future?

I went to Tyre Professionals ( sister concern of Madhus) near Basavanagudi. They did not have it but sourced it from another dealer who had 4 of them left. The manufacturing date was 0420. Sorry did not ask about 4 ZPs but I was told that the tyre situation would improve in 3 months.
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Thanks for detailed info, el lobo 6061.

Confirmed with SA that the tread depth is around 7mm and it is going to cost me not more than Rs 2500. If the actual cost is more, then not going for it.
After a wait for about 2 months, the tire shipment arrived at Deutsche Motoren Bangalore workshop last week and got it replaced. It costed me INR 2100.

Order was placed when the Odo reading was ~4900 kms and replaced when it is ~9000 kms. Per the SA, as mentioned by many others here, the tire import situation is likely to ease in the next 1 to 2 months.
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