BlueBMWi3s
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Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:02 pm

Howdy! Just picked up my blue 2019 i3s. Not that pleased with sole-sourced wheels and tires. I noticed that Bridgestone also offers Potenza S001 tires in 195/50-20.... and was interested to know if anyone has placed these tires on the rear of an i3s.... :?:

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:30 pm

If performance is your only goal, they may be a good choice, but they make no claims about low rolling resistance that can affect range, and the UTQG is only 280 versus 440 on the OEM tire.
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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:50 pm

My other car is a 2017 Ford Cmax Energi. It came with Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires that would start squealing at the sight of an onramp. 😁 When I placed lightweight Konig wheels and slightly wider Pirelli Pzero Nero GT tires on it, the driving characteristics completely changed (from eco-saver to super-fun).

I'm not willing to go down the route of custom wheels, and I will assume BMW has done us well with lightweight wheels. I have done some minimal Googling, and haven't found the answer to a related question: Do the rear i3s wheels fit on the front axle of an i3s (that is, clear the suspension and wheel well arch)? If yes, then would it be interesting to go square and then be able to fit the S001 performance tires all-around?

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:29 am

BlueBMWi3s wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:02 pm
I noticed that Bridgestone also offers Potenza S001 tires in 195/50-20.... and was interested to know if anyone has placed these tires on the rear of an i3s.... :?:
A couple of i3 owners have installed these tires and reported their impressions on the Facebook i3 Worldwide group.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:06 am

Huh... I hadn't even considered searching on Facebook. Thanks for the pointer! :) Besides the i3 Worldwide group, I also applied for the USA group, as well as the Performance and Tuning group.... Looks like I have a lot of reading ahead of me, if my applications are approved.

I will come back here and summarize, in case someone lands on this thread.

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:49 pm

BlueBMWi3s wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:06 am
Huh... I hadn't even considered searching on Facebook. Thanks for the pointer! :) Besides the i3 Worldwide group, I also applied for the USA group, as well as the Performance and Tuning group.... Looks like I have a lot of reading ahead of me, if my applications are approved.

I will come back here and summarize, in case someone lands on this thread.
I certainly appreciate if you could report back with your findings; I ditched Facebook a couple years ago and have been dismayed that the i3 activity circles around the FB group. :(

The 'only one tire' has been plaguing me since I purchased, would love an alternative!

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:02 pm

Knowledgeable owner/track driver Tom Wiggins at the Facebook Tuning and Performance group says he has installed Potenza S001 tires in 195/50-20 (front) and 215/45-20 (rear) on the stock 20" i3s wheels with no spacers required. I have placed my order for these tires, and will report back in a couple weeks after I have them mounted/balanced/installed on my 2019 i3s. Please stay tuned....

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:13 pm

BlueBMWi3s wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:02 pm
Knowledgeable owner/track driver Tom Wiggins at the Facebook Tuning and Performance group says he has installed Potenza S001 tires in 195/50-20 (front) and 215/45-20 (rear) on the stock 20" i3s wheels with no spacers required. I have placed my order for these tires, and will report back in a couple weeks after I have them mounted/balanced/installed on my 2019 i3s. Please stay tuned....
Thanks for updating! I've jotted that down as a note for future tire possibilities. Wonder if dealer would even consider that as a tire or give me a hard time about trying to mount it...

BlueBMWi3s
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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:52 pm

Mounted the 215/45-20 and 195/50-20 Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires on the stock 2019 431 i3s wheels. No fitment issues.

The S001 tires are each about 2 pounds heavier than the Ecopia EP500 tires. The EP500 are, of course, narrower. Also, it seems the EP500s have more flexible (thinner?) sidewalls.

First impressions: Very pleased with the extra grip! Out-accelerated an unsuspecting Porsche Carrera S from a red light, and then had to make a turn onto an onramp. I'm pretty sure I would have understeered with the EP500s.... no issues with the S001s! :D

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Re: Potenza S001 tires instead of Ecopia EP500?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:55 pm

One additional item: I had the tires mounted by my local speed shop. They didn't mention anything about trying to mount slightly wider tires on those narrow stock wheels. And the end results look fine; no objectionable tire bulge, in my eyes.

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