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Old 09-17-2012, 08:48 AM
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The road noise is killing me. Do you guys have any solution?
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Get rid of the run flats!
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My R60 is quieter than my R56. Run flats do add some noise and handling anomalies. I'm with gregc "turn the radio up!" and drive it like you stole it!
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Picking the right tire to replace the run flats with can make a world of difference in road noise. I couldn't believe how much quieter mine was after dumping the 18" run flats.
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Thanks guys and I need to think about that option since I have 3K miles.
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I swapped the runflats in my Clubman with Kuhmo Ecsta 4 tires. I have to admit, they were quiet, performed well, and are much more compliant. Since I traded for the CM, I'm back to run flats. I think the CM ride is naturally a bit softer than te Clubman and so far I don't find the tires offensive.
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Buy the tires you want and sell the RF's on Craigslist.
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Drive a 1st Gen MINI for a week. You'll be amazed at how quiet the Countryman is by comparison! :-)
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Picking the right tire to replace the run flats with can make a world of difference in road noise. I couldn't believe how much quieter mine was after dumping the 18" run flats.
Which tire did you pick and any chance of pictures?
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Countryman is soooo much more quiet than my wife's R56. What kind of tires do you have? I have the Goodyear stock summer tires and they're not noisy at all.
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If you hate the noise now, just wait till the runflats wear down.
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You could also try adding some DynaMat inside the door panels, under the rear wheel wells, maybe inside the boot. That should help, but would take some time.
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I was reading a post about using dynomat on r56's and am considering doing the same thing. I'll be sure to post if I do.
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I threw on a set of khumo 4x's. The difference in road noise is staggering. I highly recommend it
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I threw on a set of khumo 4x's. The difference in road noise is staggering. I highly recommend it
Thanks. I might need to follow this suggestion when I receive my new CM.
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I posted in the "what did you do.....today" section but I decided to try some rustoleum professional grade undercoating in an aerosol can. I finished the rear wheel wells last night and was impressed by a 2 db reduction in road noise at both 45 and 65 mph. I am waiting for the front wheel wells to finish drying as I type this. I am hoping for more significant reduction in sound but it may not be so easily achieved since there really is no front part of the fender well so I could only spray from the strut tower to the rear.
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I gained another 1db by spraying the fronts. I was a little disappointed by the results and think I will dynomat the doors and b pillars now. My numbers thus far are listed below. I took some measurements from my partner's convertible as well as a loaner for the sake of comparison.


Sound levels

2012 Mini Cooper S with sunroof
45mph- 74db. *65mph-76db.*

2012 Mini Cooper Convertible.*
45mph- 74db. *65mph-77db

2012 Mini Countryman S 18" non-run flats*
45mph- 74db. *65mph-79db

Rear wheels sprayed
45mph- 72db. *65mph-77db

Rear and Front sprayed
45mph- 71db. *65mph-76db
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Just did a round-trip run from DC to Hershey, PA on Zaftig's stock tires. All highway, but lots of variation on road surfaces and speed. All I can say is; it's a good thing I have the HK radio and a handy volume control. By way of comparison, we also made a run to Blue Bell, PA in the 2011 BMW 535i, also with stock tires. It was almost as bad.

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I run my RF at 40 PSI, noise gone and I get on average 29-34MPG.

Before you make any opinion on getting rid of your RFs, check out the videos on youtube. There is a reason the Germans (BMW) have put RFs on all their cars, it's safer than regular tires, also safer than using donuts (half tire spares).

I had a flat for two days, I drive between austin and san antonio (couldn't make time to get it swapped out).. Countryman ran heaver and I pushed it past the 50mile recommended limit, but two days and over 200 miles on a flat - no damage to rim.. no blown tire, no changing on the side of the highway..

Only negative was the hefty $425 from MINI of San Antonio to replace (no one else had my tire), but future solved this by buying a full set of brand new rims/wheels on ebay for $1k (heck of deal). So if I get flat in the future, I'll buy the wheel on the internets for $220 (confirmed price), have it mounted for $25 (confirmed discount tire).

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I run my RF at 40 PSI, noise gone and I get on average 29-34MPG.

Before you make any opinion on getting rid of your RFs, check out the videos on youtube. There is a reason the Germans (BMW) have put RFs on all their cars, it's safer than regular tires, also safer than using donuts (half tire spares).

I had a flat for two days, I drive between austin and san antonio (couldn't make time to get it swapped out).. Countryman ran heaver and I pushed it past the 50mile recommended limit, but two days and over 200 miles on a flat - no damage to rim.. no blown tire, no changing on the side of the highway..

Only negative was the hefty $425 from MINI of San Antonio to replace (no one else had my tire), but future solved this by buying a full set of brand new rims/wheels on ebay for $1k (heck of deal). So if I get flat in the future, I'll buy the wheel on the internets for $220 (confirmed price), have it mounted for $25 (confirmed discount tire).

What size wheels/rims? I'm getting my countryman s with the 18"s in a week - anybody here have recommendations for PSI for those babys?
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