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Old 11-08-2017, 09:54 AM   #1
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Winter tires

Time to get winter tires for the new X5. Unfortunately, the wheel sizes are different from my old e70, so I can't reuse my beloved Nokian Hakka 7s. They also no longer make the 7s, and the 8s are sold out in North America. I could do the Hakka R2 SUV which seems fine (though very expensive), if a bit tamer than the 7 and 8.

I'm open to any suggestions (doesn't have to be Nokian). Thanks!
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:58 AM   #2
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I love the Nokians on my e46, they are unbelievably good. I agree they are pricey and hard to find, but if you're going to be keeping the x5 for a while probably worth the price for Boston winters. Did you check ebay for 8s? Might be able to onsey twosey a set from there if you have some patience.

On that note, if you still have your e70 set up and want to discuss selling them, PM me
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:06 AM   #3
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I love the Nokians on my e46, they are unbelievably good. I agree they are pricey and hard to find, but if you're going to be keeping the x5 for a while probably worth the price for Boston winters. Did you check ebay for 8s? Might be able to onsey twosey a set from there if you have some patience.

On that note, if you still have your e70 set up and want to discuss selling them, PM me
Which Nokians do you have on your e46? My old e70 had the staggered M Sport 19s so F: 255/50/19, R: 285/45-19.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:11 AM   #4
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I have the gamut on sedan winter tires but little experience with SUV ones (only one set on my short lived X5d).

I'd say stick with something H-rated or lower speed. Michelin X-ice line and Bridgestones are all fine tires.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:47 AM   #5
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I ended up with some Michelin on the x3 because it was the only thing TR had in the size I wanted. Sometimes having no choice makes the decision easy.
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Time to get winter tires for the new X5. Unfortunately, the wheel sizes are different from my old e70, so I can't reuse my beloved Nokian Hakka 7s. They also no longer make the 7s, and the 8s are sold out in North America. I could do the Hakka R2 SUV which seems fine (though very expensive), if a bit tamer than the 7 and 8.

I'm open to any suggestions (doesn't have to be Nokian). Thanks!
Are you sure about this? I thought the wheels were a straight swap. If not, I've got some wheels to get rid of, too.

Edit: We have a square 18-inch set up from the E70: 255/55R-18 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT Run Flat
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:13 AM   #7
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Are you sure about this? I thought the wheels were a straight swap. If not, I've got some wheels to get rid of, too.

Edit: We have a square 18-inch set up from the E70: 255/55R-18 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT Run Flat
I only have the old staggered tires - I never got dedicated winter wheels. It appears I can get Nokian Hakka 8s with studs, but that doesn't help me at all. Darn!
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I only have the old staggered tires - I never got dedicated winter wheels. It appears I can get Nokian Hakka 8s with studs, but that doesn't help me at all. Darn!
Ah. Nokkians are hard to find. Not sure why. Do they make the Michelin Pilot Alpins in SUV sizes? Those were great on my M3. Maybe you need more bite up north. There was a story in the Washington Post about how this may be a colder/snowier winter than the last two...https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.cbdaf4e01644
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Ah. Nokkians are hard to find. Not sure why. Do they make the Michelin Pilot Alpins in SUV sizes? Those were great on my M3. Maybe you need more bite up north. There was a story in the Washington Post about how this may be a colder/snowier winter than the last two...https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.cbdaf4e01644
They do not appear to make Michelins in the right sizes. My default is to go with the Nokian R2s I suppose.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:26 PM   #10
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Going with the R2s. My mechanic got me a great deal.
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