I bought a 1996 E34 around 12 months ago and for the last three months
I have been looking for affordable tyres. The tyre size I need is
230/55 R390. The cheapest I have been quoted is £175 per tyre!!!!
Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so do you know where I
could pick these tyres up at a reasonable price? I have considered
changing the wheels, but I do like the deep dish old style rims.
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Well, sort of. I have been thinking of going to 16" wheels and tires
for my E34, but the selection of tires at 16" is going the way of 14"
and 15". ..becoming less available on better compounds.
I'm not sure that is entirely true. I have to suggest that a 17 might be the
better choice since new rims have to be purchased anyway.
Here's a link to a site that shows all of the available wheel options, and
if one is scouring eBay for new rims, I think I'd make the switch to 17s and
skip the 16s.
I hope the guy that put this page together doesn't mind me sharing the URL.
I've heard that complaint before. I have 220,000 miles on my car, and
115,000 since I bought it, and the bushings have not been replaced while I
have owned the car. I added 17" rims about 8 months ago, and I haven't
noticed that the car follows grooves on the road any differently than it did
before. I suppose that I live in the most perfect place on Earth though, and
the fact that I do not expereince the same things as the rest of you should
be taken into consideration.
The previous owner also liked the older E28 wheels, it seems!
As others have said, your best bet is to get new wheels - that
will allow you to get modern tires that out-perform the old TRX
These are TRX. I thought only Michelin (expensive) or Avon (cheaper, but
still a lot more than imperial) made them.
Their main advantage is their stability after puncture, but I have never
heard of an accident arising from a failure on other tyres in this class.
I believe michelin and dunlop only dealt in these metric sizes,
the early austin metro's had a similar problem when they indroduced the
190/65/315, originaly only available from michelin or dunlop, and a few
years later a budget brand was available, but still silly money compared to
the more common imperial tyres.
good advice, ditch the rims and get some imperial ones.
I had 3 735i's and they all had 225/55 R390's on TRX wheels.
IIRC this was standard fit in the 80's (in EU).
I don't know whether Dunlop ever made them, but Michelin certainly did (I
even still have some old covers as buffers in my garage, and so did Avon,
because I bought two before I sold the last 735. (Avons were about half the
price of Michelin).
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