tlsallada
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Anyone found another tire that fits??

In the nearly three years I've owned my i3, I soon will be putting on the third set of rear tires. Has anyone found another make or size that fits other than the over priced ones I'm forced to purchase ??
frandy08
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

Any replies on this subject? I'm buying a set of tires a year for this car and they are not cheap. Any alternatives?

Thanks,
RP
alohart
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

Different countries have different i3 tire options. Please include your location in your profile so that those in your country can answer your question. You would also need to specify 19" or 20" wheels because tire options can depend on the wheel size.
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JohnWasser
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

A Google search turned up some non-Bridgestone brands in 155/70R19 so you have some choices for the BEV.

155/70R19
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5
Continental VikingContact 7
Continental sContact

The only tires I could find in 175/60R19 (REx rear) are the Bridgestone Ectopia and Blizzak

According to one page, the 19x5 rims can hold 155 to 185mm tires, and the 19x5.5 rims (REx rear) can hold 165 to 195mm tires.

Front (19x5):
155/70R19 (699.6) (standard)
165/70R19 (713.6) none found
175/60R19 (692.6) (so you could put the same front and rear)
185/60R19 (704.6) none found

Rear (19/5.5):
165/70R19 (713.6) none found
175/60R19 (692.6) (standard) only Bridgestone Ectopia and Blizzak
185/60R19 (704.6) none found
195/55R19 (697.1) only "Bridgestone TURANZA ER300-02"?
agzand
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

In Europe there are options from Bridgestone, Continental, Michelin and a Chinese company.

https://youtu.be/jJIOQBxudrY

In US we are pretty much stuck with Bridgestone.
agzand
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

agzand wrote: Wed Nov 09, 2022 3:53 pm In Europe there are options from Bridgestone, Continental, Michelin and a Chinese company.

https://youtu.be/KAgX8EUG0jE

https://youtu.be/jJIOQBxudrY

In US we are pretty much stuck with Bridgestone.
frictioncircle
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

tlsallada wrote: Sat Oct 29, 2022 9:24 am In the nearly three years I've owned my i3, I soon will be putting on the third set of rear tires. Has anyone found another make or size that fits other than the over priced ones I'm forced to purchase ??
Out of curiosity, tlsallada, any details you could share regarding the tire replacements? Was it high-mileage wear or road damage?

I ask because three sets in three years is completely excessive. When I first got my 2014 (in 2014) I replaced tires due to road damage more frequently than any other car I'd owned, but the later sets of tires lasted much longer which makes me think Bridgestone improved their construction.
Arm
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

This is a specialty car. It has specialty tires. It's just a fact that i3 owners need to accept and deal with. This topic has been discussed ad-nauseam and clearly the answer always comes back to one or two types of tires.

The car eats tires it seems. Which isn't ideal but it is what it is. I personally wouldn't put cheaper tires on this car even if they were available.

For owners who need to change their tires every year....that's alarming and really not reasonable even with this car. Something else is amiss in a case like that.
Monteverdi
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

I also need to change tires on my i3s. After 3 years the one in the back are completely worn out. However, a quick look at the current prices for i3 tires (195/50 r20, and 175/55 r20) is appalling. I never saw them that expensive with the piece going for about $420 ??
agzand
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Re: Anyone found another tire that fits??

Costco is running a promotion on Bridgestone tires, so that could help.

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