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Replacing Dunlop-sided Tires on an M roadster (archive)

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Posted by Dwayne Mosley on April 04, 1999 at 20:18:20:

A month or so ago I commented here that my M had the Dunlop-sided tires on an 11/98 build. After the dealer had tried to balance them in an attempt to get the 65 mph shimmy out, they agreed to exchange them for new tires. After reading all of the information available here on tires, I recommended the Bridgestones as a potential candidate with the Michelin Pilot Sports being second and the Michelin MXX3 SX being third choice. Being in Greenville, the home of BMW and Michelin, my dealer was completely convinced that Michelin was the only way to go. Feeling like I was already winning the tire lottery, and not wanting to look a gift horse in the tire mouth (so to speak), I agreed to the Michelin selection and waited. After several weeks, it was determined that the Pilot Sports were out of the question as they appeared completely unavailable. The Pilot MXX3 SX was even unavailable to an extent. Like other messages I'd read here and on other boards, the Michelin rep. told the Michelin dealer that the tire sizes I needed were very constrained and that they were available only one at a time in an emergency. I guess my emergency lasted about 3 weeks because that is how long it took to get them, one at a time.
I've had them for a couple hundred miles now and like other messages here have indicated, they have a completely different personality than the Dunlops. I am working diligently with air pressure trying to find the pressure area that they ride the best and handle the best. They do tend to follow (track) the undulations in the road more than the Dunlops did. They seem to respond a little slower to steering input which is what motivated me to start playing with the air pressure. The higher air pressure makes them very responsive but they ride terrible. I'll continue to try to figure it out. Anyway, they don't shake at 65 mph, and not any up to 85, which is as fast as I've been able to get so far. I guess all and all, I basically got what I wanted. And, I wanted to share with you all that it appears that BMW will pay to have the Dunlops exchanged if they shake. Time will tell how it works out for me.
Dwayne



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