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Moved to snow country - Need i3 snow tire knowdedge

Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:41 pm

I have moved from Cali to east coast - sow country

May need snow tires , in at at least one of my cars , for those days

I never used winter tires before. I read winter tires are same size 155 in back and front , even for Rex.

Can some one confirm ?

So when i install the winter tiers, will i need a new tire rim for back ? Do 155 and 175 tiers use different rims ? I have 19" wheels

What all do i need to buy , apart from tires ?

Also , i have only been to Costco and Firestone shops and both have bridge stone tires.

Can i also get winter tires for i3 in above shops or need to shop in other places for other brands ( cheap / cost effective solution please )
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Re: Moved to snow country - Need i3 snow tire knowdedge

Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:40 pm

It's the same rims front and rear. In Scotland I put them on October through to April.

Not near the car so can't confirm the size, but we opted for 19" rims and winter tyres, rather than swapping out summer tyres every year onto the same rims.

The winter wheels are powder coated, which is just as well as diamond cut is a waste of time, with water, road salt, etc.

Lightly, and I mean lightly grease the wheel bolts. BWM locking wheel bolts are particularly prone to seizing. Don't over-torque them.

Remember and reset the air pressure monitor TPMS afterwards. Job done.
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Re: Moved to snow country - Need i3 snow tire knowdedge

Thu Aug 05, 2021 3:12 pm

Hello, I recently bought a set of Riall 19 inch black alloy wheels with Bridgestone Blizzaks from Tire Rack to go on my 2019 i3S (20 inch) during the winter. These come all mounted and balanced with the TPMS installed and ready to bolton. You can also get a factory wheel kit from BMW at close to the TireRack price but not sure of TPMS and balance &c plus having to drive 100 miles to get them ore pay a wad in shipping. I have verified that the Tire Rack wheels fit an i3S with no need for spacers.The Blizzak is an excellent snow tire and transforms the Ecopias on the car to something manageable in the winter. Do not trey to use the Ecopias in snow and ice.

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Re: Moved to snow country - Need i3 snow tire knowdedge

Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:00 am

BMW put out some winter tire testing information specifically for the i3. It's summarized on this page: http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/wiki ... ter-tyres/

There is also some information under the research tab at the top under "Guide: Best snow tire for EV"

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Re: Moved to snow country - Need i3 snow tire knowdedge

Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:10 am

Now on studded tire at rear. What a relief ! It brakes and climbs up a wall



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