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    Does anyone know if its illegal to fit run flat tyres to a vehicle which does not have the 'Run flat tyre monitoring' fitted. ?

    I've noted that most of the manufacturers also show a run flat tyre for a few pounds more in most of the popular sizes.

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    Don't think its illegal but I know they give a very harsh ride due to the construction of the side walls.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Yes very harsh. People with them fitted then go for regular tyres.

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    Why would you want to? They won't run flat, because your rims aren't the right type. You may as well just put solid rubber round the rim.

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    Or get the stuff that you put into the tyres or change the wheel.

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    Or use the spare?

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    Aaah... I didn't realise you needed special rims, and also the harder ride comments.

    Only reason I asked was that my son has run flats on his merc-slk 320, and though it is a firmish ride I assumed that was probably due to the very low profiles... looks flat already..lol

    I noticed when looking for tyres for the vec at the end of last year that for just a few pounds more they also did the runflats, and really wondered why more people were not paying the few quid extra and fitting them. Thought it might have been a potential option when I come to look for tyres for the Insignia later on. The thought of increased safety for a few pounds on each tyre sounded good to me.
    But obviously... not really a viable option... thanks guys.

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    Most of the run flats don't need a special wheel,but you need a tpms and the tyres can't be repaired,even a small puncture means a new tyre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyreman View Post
    Most of the run flats don't need a special wheel,but you need a tpms and the tyres can't be repaired,even a small puncture means a new tyre.

    it is rather expensive and that is why people with them fitted change for regular tyres.
    Over here, runflats were standard on all BMW 3's but because of the complaints they changed it (it is now a free option if I'm not mistaken)

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    Same here, sig, though Runflats are standard on the 1 and 3, with non-runflat with reapir kit as a no cost option.

    Most people who have a clue get the normal tyres - runflats are like driving on concrete.

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