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      11-30-2012, 04:44 AM   #1
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Tire bulge dilemna ?

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am a bit of dilemna here.
I got my 135i used.
The dealer placed new tires RFTs on the front because the car came with non-RFT. So the front tires are 100%
The rear tires are the original RFTs bridgestones which has about 65% threadlife.

Today i discovered one of the rear tires has a small bulge. Apparently based on the threads here, bulge is not good and needs to be replaced.

I was hoping these tires would give me a few more months of use before needing to replace.

I was planning to use non-RFT like Bridgestones S-04 when the time comes needing to replace all four tires.

What should i do ?

a.) replace the 2 rear tires with RFT to match the front RFTs (as these fronts are new)?
b.) replace 2 rear tires with non-rft and leave the front RFTs as is ?
c.) replace all 4 tires with non-rft and use the rfts as temporary reserves ?
d.) wait till the rear bulge becomes worst and hope nothing happens till it wears out ?
e.) other suggestions ????

Thanks for the help.

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      11-30-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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Best C (get rid, sell RFTs buy Micheline Pilot)
Good B (you will have not that bumpy rear and stiff front)
Possible D (saves you money but keeps you worry)
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      11-30-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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I say wear them till the rears are shot. I find I get more tire wear in the rear so you will chew thru those first I bet. If you are concerned about gaining the nicer ride of non-RFT then changing just the rears won't help. You'll still get all the hard bumps thru the steering wheel.
Once you need new rears...go for 4 non- RFT. I have a set of michelin pilot super sports and they are great.
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      11-30-2012, 12:50 PM   #4
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if youre tire is bubbled id replace it, its not urgent but you shouldnt tempt fate. Ditch rfts and never look back, theyre brutally harsh, i cant even imagine how bad theyd be in winter when the rubber hardens.
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      12-03-2012, 02:00 AM   #5
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My dilemna is this:

the two tires front RFT are brand new.
the two rear tires rft have 6,000 kilometers in them, maybe about 50% left on the thread.
One of the rear tires have a bulge.
Do you recommend i replace that tire with the bulge with a new RFT ? or replace the two rear RFTs with new RFTs ?
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      12-03-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Also...have you tried a visit to a Michelin dealer? Maybe they will pro-rate your tire and replace it for a reduced price?
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      12-04-2012, 07:37 AM   #7
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Also...have you tried a visit to a Michelin dealer? Maybe they will pro-rate your tire and replace it for a reduced price?
Thanks for suggestion. Does not work that way here in Philippines.
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      12-04-2012, 08:49 AM   #8
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I think you should replace tires in sets when possible, especially if you are going with a different tire. I personally wouldn't take my chances with a bulge. If something happens and you screw your car up or get hurt you'll be kicking yourself for being cheap and trying to save a few $$.
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      12-04-2012, 09:01 PM   #9
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I think you should replace tires in sets when possible, especially if you are going with a different tire. I personally wouldn't take my chances with a bulge. If something happens and you screw your car up or get hurt you'll be kicking yourself for being cheap and trying to save a few $$.
Yes, i ordered some Potenza S-04 front & rears but 225 / 255 configuration.
However, these will take about a month before they arrive.
So in the meantime as the bulge has not gotten worst, i will just take it easy driving these (100 kmh tops) and not take corners too fast.

Hope the bulge will hold until the new tires arrives.
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      06-17-2013, 09:45 PM   #10
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Noticed a bubble on each of my front tires. General advice seems like I need to replace.

My 135 is a lease. Do I need to replace the tires through the dealer? Can I get non rft or no? Has anyone had any luck replacing the tires through warranty. Car is less than 6 months old.
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Option C or option A are what I would recommend. Do not drive for long when it has a bubble in the sidewall. It will eventually blow, so it's just a ticking time bomb.
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Choose between A and C. Do not do B or D.
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