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Winter tires for BMW X5 #5219763 09/22/19 02:42 PM
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Hi folks,

My recently acquired 2018 BMW X5 seem to have summer tires on it as I don't see M+S label.

The tires right now are 20" and I am wondering if I could buy a new set of 19" rims and put on 19" winter tires. The 19" appears to be the standard tire size.

Will this be OK ? Thx.


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Re: Winter tires for BMW X5 [Re: iExcel] #5219770 09/22/19 02:45 PM
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Yes, 19" will fit. Check tirerack.com for fitment details.

If it's the 35i, even 18" should fit.


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Originally Posted by iExcel
Hi folks,
My recently acquired 2018 BMW X5 seem to have summer tires on it as I don't see M+S label.
The tires right now are 20" and I am wondering if I could buy a new set of 19" rims and put on 19" winter tires. The 19" appears to be the standard tire size.
Will this be OK ? Thx.


As long as the overall diameter (wheel+tire) is the same, no problem.

Re: Winter tires for BMW X5 [Re: Quattro Pete] #5219832 09/22/19 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Yes, 19" will fit. Check tirerack.com for fitment details.

If it's the 35i, even 18" should fit.

Yes. it's a 35i.

For winter driving, I care more about safety than appearance/performance. Would a 18" be safer than a 19" ?


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Originally Posted by iExcel
Would a 18" be safer than a 19" ?

I can't think of why one would be safer over the other.

I think the primary difference is that 18" winter tires will typically be less expensive with more options available. Going to 18" will give you slightly more tire sidewall as well - may or may not be important depending on how bad your local roads are.


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Type of tire matching your road conditions is more important than size but smaller rims (and larger sidewall) provide cheaper solution to winter driving.

If you can go 20" => 18" than you may find that savings in tires pay for extra rims (which can be reused).

tirerack.com is good starting place.

Krzys

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The other big advantage of going with a smaller rim diameter is that you can get a narrower tire (which is generally preferred for winter) and still maintain the same load rating on your tires.


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Re: Winter tires for BMW X5 [Re: iExcel] #5220266 09/23/19 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by iExcel
Hi folks,

My recently acquired 2018 BMW X5 seem to have summer tires on it as I don't see M+S label.

The tires right now are 20" and I am wondering if I could buy a new set of 19" rims and put on 19" winter tires. The 19" appears to be the standard tire size.

Will this be OK ? Thx.

Is it square set up?
F15 X5 35i ca fit fallowing tires:
255/50 R19
255/55 R18
235/60 R18

235/60 R18 will be best option in deep snow. But car will be seriously "undertire." I had 255/55 R18 option on my X5 and proved for snowto be optimal option. In summer I used 255/50 R19. It is cheaper, a lot, and gives you more sidewall in case of slide, touching sidewalk etc.
Make sure you choose right tire. Suspension on X5 easily overwhelms tire so not all will do good. I had Bridgestone DM V-2 and proved mediocre in most situation (and pretty bad in lateral handling in ice). But, in dry and wet suspension proved to be more capable than tire. Michelin Xi2 I put later was far better option.


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Use 18" and tickest tire you can(xx/60+/R18)on the car and avoid m+s tyres if you have serious winters. Use real winter tires insted. Studded winter tires are the safest tires to use in winter time.

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Originally Posted by Bjornviken
Use 18" and tickest tire you can(xx/60+/R18)on the car and avoid m+s tyres if you have serious winters. Use real winter tires insted. Studded winter tires are the safest tires to use in winter time.

Again, 235/60 R18 has some serious dynamic limitations on that vehicle. Yes, narrowest tires are best in winter, but, there is a limit to that before other aspects are compromised.


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Originally Posted by edyvw
Originally Posted by Bjornviken
Use 18" and tickest tire you can(xx/60+/R18)on the car and avoid m+s tyres if you have serious winters. Use real winter tires insted. Studded winter tires are the safest tires to use in winter time.

Again, 235/60 R18 has some serious dynamic limitations on that vehicle. Yes, narrowest tires are best in winter, but, there is a limit to that before other aspects are compromised.


ok, didn't know that

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Originally Posted by Bjornviken
Originally Posted by edyvw
Originally Posted by Bjornviken
Use 18" and tickest tire you can(xx/60+/R18)on the car and avoid m+s tyres if you have serious winters. Use real winter tires insted. Studded winter tires are the safest tires to use in winter time.

Again, 235/60 R18 has some serious dynamic limitations on that vehicle. Yes, narrowest tires are best in winter, but, there is a limit to that before other aspects are compromised.


ok, didn't know that

I was contemplating that size on my X5 until I tried it on friends X5. It seriously limits capabilities in any environment except deep snow.


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We used Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow runflats in the stock sizes on our X6 M last winter, even in the wide stock sizes (285/35R21 front and 325/30R21 rear) they did very well.

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Originally Posted by 02SE
We used Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow runflats in the stock sizes on our X6 M last winter, even in the wide stock sizes (285/35R21 front and 325/30R21 rear) they did very well.

Pirelli always knew how to make winter tires.


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