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      02-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Mix tyre brands

Hi All,

Found a nail in the rear left tyre of my M Sport this weekend, I am running 245/40R17 91W Dunlops on the back, (front is 225/45). Apparently this tyre now needs to be replaced, however no garages approved by the company car contract have this tyre available right now, and even Dunlop is out of stock.

I am finding it hard to swallow, but I have to replace both rear tyres, to maintain a common type on the same axle. Any thoughts on this, and the mix of brands front and back?

Any recommendations on which brand to take? Bridgestone, Goodyear...

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      02-18-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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As long as you select a tire that has similar performance as your Dunlops, that will not be a problem. You will perhaps notice a slightly different balance in the car if you take it to the limit, but for normal driving it will not be an issue.

As you say, the tires have to be similar on both sides of the same axle.

Premium brands like Bridgestone and Goodyear are all fine. My personal favourite is Michelin.

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      02-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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mixing types/brands between front and back axle is OK (as long as tires are within set specs).

mixing types/brands on the same axle is forbidden, and your insurance company will probably withdraw if something happens to your car and/or you !
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mixing types/brands between front and back axle is OK (as long as tires are within set specs).

mixing types/brands on the same axle is forbidden, and your insurance company will probably withdraw if something happens to your car and/or you !
I thought it was only a major problem if you mixed tyre sizes. They must be the same size, spec, speed rating etc... as each other, as far as branding goes I don't see it being a problem for everyday driving. Like the OP tho, I'd prefer the same tyre on both sides of the same axle to prevent unbalance. I would, however maintain either directional or non-directional patterns, so find a match for what you have ATM.
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Even if it's same type/size of tire, the rubber compound can be different, the compression rate can be different, the rate at which water can be diverted can differ (= you going in a spin because of the unbalance), the rate at which the tires do wear can be different, etc... etc...

No seriously, you need identical tires per axle.

Edit: possibly legislation in the UK is different than here

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Personally, I do not like Bridgestone...in all the BMW's I had with Bridgestone tyres, I was very dissapointed. I prefer Continetal, Michelin, Dunlop and Goodyear.
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Personally, I do not like Bridgestone...in all the BMW's I had with Bridgestone tyres, I was very dissapointed. I prefer Continetal, Michelin, Dunlop and Goodyear.
Bridgestone Potenza S-03 used to be the best performance summer tire on the market some years ago, winning most tire reviews. I don't know how the more recent models perform.

The R compound tire 540S was also very competetive.
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I'd steer clear of Pirelli. A friend had P-Zero's on his 3 series and they were terrible, then the Mrs's Leon came with them on and they are equally as bad. Ok in the dry, but unpredictably unsafe in the wet. I had Michelin Sport Pilot 3's on the Golf and they were superb all rounders!
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thanks all for the replies
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I'd steer clear of Pirelli. A friend had P-Zero's on his 3 series and they were terrible, then the Mrs's Leon came with them on and they are equally as bad. Ok in the dry, but unpredictably unsafe in the wet. I had Michelin Sport Pilot 3's on the Golf and they were superb all rounders!
I am also running Pilot Sport 3 on our F20.
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