2-Series Winter Wheels, Tyres & Chains Guide v3

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2-Series Winter Wheels, Tyres & Chains Guide v3

Post by babybmwadmin » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:48 pm

The linked document was kindly written by msej449.

A Guide to Winter Wheels, Tyres and Chains For 2 Series Owners (ver 3)

Originally the document was typed out here, but it is now available to download here (3.7Mb PDF).

Updated 18th December 2017

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Re: 2-Series Winter Wheels, Tyres & Chains Guide v3

Post by msej449 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:57 pm

Quick addendum re chains: I can't stress strongly enough the value of trying to fit your chains at home first, before you need to use them in anger. Quite a few chain designs need/benefit from some adjustments to get the circumference just right for your specific setup. They may say they fit an xxx/yy-zz tyre, but this doesn't mean that they'll fit your wheels perfectly out of the box. Even if not essential, they may fit better after adding/adjusting the links.

I was ill before we came down to the Alps this week, so I didn't have time to try out my new chains as I intended. Fortunately, I didn't need them until today, and I had time to test-fit them in a lit and warm underground garage first. It took about an hour to adjust the two chains to the correct circumference. This involved re-setting some of the links (hard to describe in words) to increase the overall length a bit. It was made a lot easier by having a spare tyre handy which I could lay flat and then check the chain fitting. It would have taken a bit longer to have done so on the fitted tyres.

When I went back to the instructions, I can see now that the 'try them out first' recommendation wasn't just general advice - it was there, with some link adjustment details, because the odds are that you'd need to spend some time resetting the links. For the chains I have, it's clear they come out of the box with the minimum circumference, so the odds are that unless you're on the smallest tyre size they fit, you'll have to do some lengthening.

And I'm also glad I took my own advice and had a small piece of carpet to kneel on!
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Re: 2-Series Winter Wheels, Tyres & Chains Guide v3

Post by msej449 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:08 pm

NEW SITE FOR BMW WHEEL & TYRE CONFIGURATOR (Aug'17)

Note that the wheel configurator has been updated and has a new address:

http://shop.bmw.co.uk/bmw-uk/en_GB/genu ... r_TID_1M12

Note the slider switch above the product photos that turns on VIN-specific checking. Put in the VIN for your car and it will show which wheels fit.
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Re: 2-Series Winter Wheels, Tyres & Chains Guide v3

Post by msej449 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:57 pm

US forums report Michelin saying that the Pilot Super Sport & P4s should not be used in temperatures below -7ºC

This is not to be confused with the usual guideline about switching to winters if local temperatures regularly drop below plus 7ºC

At temperates below minus 7 centigrade for the PSS and P4S all their warranties are void and the tyre can sustain serious damage. Forum posters also report Toyo and Yokohama supplying similar warnings for their high-performance summer tyres.

Obviously, this isn't going to be relevant to most British owners, but might be a factor if you take your car to the Alps on its summer tyres, and park it outside on your ski holiday.
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Re: 2-Series Winter Wheels, Tyres & Chains Guide v3

Post by msej449 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:05 pm

I've updated my chart that summarises the various solutions for winter wheels & tyres, in relation to different driving conditions. I'll incorporate it into the next version of the Guide. In the meantime, here it is - main change is to put all-season tyres into a better light, given the advances in recent years.

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