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      04-15-2010, 09:23 PM   #45
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      04-16-2010, 07:50 AM   #46
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Anybody know if, in a bind, this 16" donut would work?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT
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      04-16-2010, 09:24 AM   #47
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Anybody know if, in a bind, this 16" donut would work?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT
I don't think there's anything 16" wide that will fit over the front brake on the 135i....
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      04-16-2010, 06:02 PM   #48
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The smallest dia spare tire/wheel would be a 17".

You need a 17" dia wheel in order to clear the front brake rotors of the 135i. Why not buy the wheel from any BMW dealer? The price is about the same.
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      01-26-2012, 10:59 AM   #49
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See page two of this thread, post #27 for my mini spare tire from BMW....
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      01-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #50
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I carry a puncture repair kit with rubber plugs, plyers and a good air pump. I'm proned to screws/nails. I haven't had to use it yet (knock on wood), but should be a quick repair. it takes up much less room than a tire and if it's not repairable with what I got, then I call AAA.
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      01-28-2012, 12:45 PM   #51
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See page two of this thread, post #27 for my mini spare tire from BMW....

Here in the UK that alloy spare kit is what is listed as the spare for the 135i - my dealer showed it to me on the computer. Comes complete in a cover that hooks to the load straps in the boot to secure it.

It's about 300 here in the kit for the complete kit of wheel/tyre/bag cover/jack/gloves etc.
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      08-13-2012, 05:12 PM   #52
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After having a flat this weekend some 450 kms away from my house... I was lucky to have this space saver tire in my trunk. I will tell you it was kind of scary driving on one rear 3 inch wide tire and a 8.5 inch tire on the other side. Car had the shakes at speed. And it was pure "hell" being limited to driving at "only 80 kph on a German Autobahn!

I think I will buy a full size spare now. Maybe a 17"x7 alloy with a 205/55HR17 mounted on it. Something cheap that will fit in my trunk.

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$300 later and my spare tire showed up. It's not that thick nor that big.....don't kow why BMW didn't put it back there in the first place? That accountant who thought it was a good cost savings was thrown into a volcano with his dog. But yeah bavarian auto sports sent it over to my house at a cost of $300.....
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      08-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #54
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I have always felt more comfortable having a spare on-board. My other vehicle, a Suzuki SUV, has a full sized spare hanging off the back. The only time I have used it I would have also resolved the issue with a compressor. It was a slow leak, in other words. I carry a Viair 70P compressor in my bimmer now. It's about $50 from Amazon - but get the clips to go on the battery so you can air up without the engine running. I like this compressor well enough I don't bother to move my vehicles to my lower driveway to use my big compressor. It takes less time to just use the little 12V one. I use it on my SUV too.

I've had one blow out in 40+ years driving and it was on a dry rotted boat trailer tire. I feel pretty safe with my compressor and no spare - but I feel better equipped with my full sized spare equipped SUV.

If you get a spare, make sure you keep it aired up (and/or carry a compressor). I don't know about bmw spares but others I have used need 60 psi. They leak down quicker than your car tires. A flat spare doesn't do much good.

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...I've had one blow out in 40+ years driving and it was on a dry rotted boat trailer tire. I feel pretty safe with my compressor and no spare - but I feel better equipped with my full sized spare equipped SUV.

If you get a spare, make sure you keep it aired up (and/or carry a compressor). I don't know about bmw spares but others I have used need 60 psi. They leak down quicker than your car tires. A flat spare doesn't do much good.

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That is very good advice. Yes, this BMW mini spare does need 60 psi or 4 bar of air pressure. I normally check it every quarterly year for proper pressure.

This flat I had was some 450 kms from home. It really sucked driving the 113 kms from my hotel to the 'Ring where I met another 1addict member who was kind enough to loan me his winter wheel. Thanks Wade (Swadeness)!

My last flat was about four years ago over here. That was local to my house - and that car had a full size spare.

Like I said... I will buy a full size spare now... bc this really sucked to drive on that mini spare. No way would I would want to drive all the way back home limited to 80 kph. I don't even think one of those mini spares can last that distance. ?

The guy from BMW assistance said that given a choice you don't want to use that Mobility glue in the tire. It makes a mess(some might leak out - onto the car) but it will also create a lot of vibration, since you have about a liter of glue - slushing around in a tire with a screw in it. He said a spare, even a space saver is a better way to drive. So that is what I went/used.

To BMW's (Germany) credit they even checked local BMW dealers and tire dealers IF they had an OE tire in my size. ON A SUNDAY! But no one did. I was really surprised they would bring me to a dealer that had a tire in stock and open up the shop. For me it was better to meet my friend and use his winter wheel.

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PS: years ago I had a mechanic friend of mine who's wife's car had a flat. She called him up at work.. and he came to change her tire. Seems, HER car(a VW Jetta) did not have a jack(he had took it out for some reason... ?) So he brought her a jack and changed her tire. After he mounted that space saver mini... when he let the car down... the space saver tire was FLAT! Talk about a face slap! He never checker his car's tire's spare for air pressure!!! Now he does.
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      08-14-2012, 02:41 PM   #56
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Mobility kits mess up both the tire and the wheel, shops hate working with wheels covered in the mobility goo and getting it completely removed from a wheel can be tough, leading to challenges with balancing that wheel.
Not to mention they'd muck up the TPMS sensors.
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      08-14-2012, 07:56 PM   #57
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I see cars driving normally on space saver tires pretty regularly. I avoid driving around those cars. They clearly can go 65-70 mph. They do regularly around here. Their weight carrying capability is fine, I suspect the reason they recommend 50 mph is their traction for braking is quite limited. The stability system should keep you from spinning but it can't help your braking distance.

One reason I do not carry a plugging device, liquid or thread type is I want to have a chance of fixing the tire. The place that will install my next set of tires will patch, from the inside, even run flats. So if I do not muck the tire up, I may not need to buy a new one. Even if I have to stop and air up every half hour or so, the TPMS will keep reminding me to do it and I won't ruin the tire. I'll get home. I may regret my "solution" some day but I doubt it.

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I should probably quit commenting because I don't intend to get a spare, at least before I have a problem it would have helped with, but I have one more comment. I you want to save some money, the bmw jack doesn't look special at all to me. You can buy a simple jack like that for about $30. Here is a link to an example:

http://www.amazon.com/Scissor-Jack-T...=pd_sbs_auto_5

I would weld a piece of retangular steel tubing 1 inch square to fit the lifting pockets of the 1 to the top. You could get a wheel cock if you want it but all you need to do is set the brake or put the car in gear or both. You need a wrench for the wheel bolts but I have those in the car already. I like an extendable 3/8 ratchet and a deep well 17mm socket. If you want a torque wrench, you can get one for less than $20 from Harbor Freight.

My point is just that you can get by spending a lot less than $100 on a jack setup. It will not be as nice but should work just fine. I wouldn't be cheap on the wheel and tire but simple jacks like this won't work a lot of times but for a few times, you don't need anything fancy. You could wear one out but you almost certainly won't.

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Yep, I hate not having a spare (so now I have one). I also carry a mobility kit, a compressor, and a scissors jack. I'd recommend a small breaker bar over a ratchet. If a lug is really stuck and you stand on a rachet, it might break and still leave you stranded.
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Arrow BMW steel wheel 7JX17 ET:47...

Today I ordered a standard 17 inch steel wheel from my BMW Zentrum. I will buy a 205/55HR17 tire to mount on this steel wheel. I found out that the e46 uses a full size spare tire - that you can order. So I ordered that steel wheel (since its has the SAME offset as our 1er's) for my 135i.

STEEL RIM SILBER 7JX17 ET:47 #36116750254 $111.95


The price form my dealer is ~80 euros w/o tax. Just FYI for anyone looking for a full size spare. I am not gonna go thru this hassle again - being so far from home with just a space saver!

This wheel can/should only be used as a spare since it does not have enough ventilation holes in it. I'll post some pics when I get the wheel/tire next week.


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      08-20-2012, 09:37 AM   #61
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Well i got my little spare tire.
Threw it in the back and tied it down.
Does not take up too much space and well...it's actually a nice plact to store stuff!
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This wheel can/should only be used as a spare since it does not have enough ventilation holes in it. I'll post some pics when I get the wheel/tire next week.
Why not...just get a wheel that is ventilated?
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Why not...just get a wheel that is ventilated?
Here is my new "full size" spare tire. Its really does not take up that much more space than my space saver. I feel better having this full size "real" tire.


The steel rim is from a e46 330i. 7J x 17 ET47

I bought a summer tire for the steel rim: 205/50HR17

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Here is my new "full size" spare tire. Its really does not take up that much more space than my space saver. I feel better having this full size "real" tire.
Nice,
Once Im keeping mine 217M I will provably keep one 205/45R17 as spare for bigger trips... just need to buy some tools....
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From full size spare to alloy space saver

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Humm... well... the guys at the dealer told me the spare was from an e46. Looks like thats wrong(e90/92). I really don't care. All I know is it fits and works! Plus... they even had it instock(!) and they were really keen in giving me a big discount IF I bought it. Which I did. I was going to get the e60 "kit" (wheel/tire and jack) but that was really expensive. I think 100 euros more, 300 euros?


Also with this alloy wheel you do not need to buy differnt wheel bolts! A big plus in my book. Who wants them rolling around in your trunk! Or trying to look for them on the side of the road!
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One model space saver fits a range of BMWs including the 1-series. While the REALOEM price was okay for me, the freight cost was higher than the cost of the wheel. So I am about to order the alloy space saver alone out of Europe from http://www.estore-central.com/part/36116788203 and fit a tyre here in Australia. The freight is only 39 Euros bringing the whole thing to about AUD250. Anything to gain some space back from carrying a full 18" wheel as a spare as I am right now. LOL
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One model space saver fits a range of BMWs including the 1-series. While the REALOEM price was okay for me, the freight cost was higher than the cost of the wheel. So I am about to order the alloy space saver alone out of Europe from http://www.estore-central.com/part/36116788203 and fit a tyre here in Australia. The freight is only 39 Euros bringing the whole thing to about AUD250. Anything to gain some space back from carrying a full 18" wheel as a spare as I am right now. LOL
I did not really like the way the car drove with that mini spare. The entire rear end would wiggle and jiggle all over the place. Made me think the rear end was gonna step out on me. That was the reason I bought a full size spare. Sure it takes up more room... but I feel safer especially when I am 500+ kms away from my home. I would just buy a spare ally wheel(even an aftermarket one) and mount the cheapest tire you can fin onto it. I went with a 7jx17 steel wheel ET48 (from an e46 330i) and a 205/50HR17 Semperit summer tire.

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