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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 07-22-2013, 08:47 AM
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Thumbs up To anyone looking for a spare tire solution for our F30 335's

Got this for myself and can't imagine driving my car without a spare now. Absolutely a must have for anyone with non run-flats tires. But even with run-flats, there is only a limited distance you can drive on a damaged tire or you might not be able to drive at all if there is a severe damage to the tire. I was completely relying on BMW Roadside Assistance before, but good luck with that if you are in a remote location (it will take hours for the tow truck to show up as I just learned).

It doesn't take up much space in the trunk even though our cars don't have a dedicated space for it (shame on BMW).

Got mine from bimmerzone, great guys to deal with (Vincent, in particular)!

Anyone else is using this product?
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:00 AM
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THanks for the mention!

For all who needs the spare for the F30 335 (including Msports)
Here is the link:
http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F30-KIT.html


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Old 07-22-2013, 09:30 AM
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Spare Tire

This seems a great solution but it brings up a quick question.

I am still waiting for my car to arrive, so I can't verify the answer

Since their cars are fitted with RFT, and does not supply a spare, does BMW supply a jack with their cars, or is that gone too?
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:45 AM
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This seems a great solution but it brings up a quick question.

I am still waiting for my car to arrive, so I can't verify the answer

Since their cars are fitted with RFT, and does not supply a spare, does BMW supply a jack with their cars, or is that gone too?
No jack. The BMW jack is worthless anyway. One should get a good scissor jack. They can be had fairly inexpensively.



There is a list of parts for a spare and jack in a sticky at the top of the E9x forum. You can put that together pretty inexpensively. It's only a 17" wheel, but there shouldn't be any fitment issues. It has been used on E9x 335s and there aren't any significant differences on F30s.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:14 AM
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No jack. The BMW jack is worthless anyway. One should get a good scissor jack. They can be had fairly inexpensively.



There is a list of parts for a spare and jack in a sticky at the top of the E9x forum. You can put that together pretty inexpensively. It's only a 17" wheel, but there shouldn't be any fitment issues. It has been used on E9x 335s and there aren't any significant differences on F30s.
the E60 spare rim needs a spacer to clear the 335i F30 brakes in the front-- i used a 15mm as it was hubcentric.

i gave my original kit to my bro who got an E90.
off the top of my head, its been a few months:
bmw E60 rim- $60
kuhmo temp spare tire- $30
Spacer and bolts- $40
scissor jack- $20

total cost $150
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:46 PM
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THanks for the mention!

For all who needs the spare for the F30 335 (including Msports)
Here is the link:
http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F30-KIT.html


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Old 07-22-2013, 06:22 PM
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i am planning on just using a fullsize spare. i mean a 225/18 rim is only 80mm wider than the space saver. only going to take it with me on road trips (i do 4-5 trips to vegas or bay area from where i live a year) . no need to use spacers etc, and you can drive on it for just as long as any tire and dont have to worry about a tiny space saver wheel.
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the E60 spare rim needs a spacer to clear the 335i F30 brakes in the front-- i used a 15mm as it was hubcentric.

i gave my original kit to my bro who got an E90.
off the top of my head, its been a few months:
bmw E60 rim- $60
kuhmo temp spare tire- $30
Spacer and bolts- $40
scissor jack- $20

total cost $150
This is much more realistic.

For the price of the OP's suggestion I could have a proper 5th wheel and tire.
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i am planning on just using a fullsize spare. i mean a 225/18 rim is only 80mm wider than the space saver. only going to take it with me on road trips (i do 4-5 trips to vegas or bay area from where i live a year) . no need to use spacers etc, and you can drive on it for just as long as any tire and dont have to worry about a tiny space saver wheel.
you would be surprised at how much space a full sized tire will take up in your trunk...
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This is much more realistic.

For the price of the OP's suggestion I could have a proper 5th wheel and tire.
when i first found this retrofit kit for the e90, it was a reasonable 270 shipped, i specifically set out to find a reasonable alternative to the gouging, iirc leatherZ was charging 400+ for an e46 spare kit with spacer.

now it looks like we are back where we started. 579 including the jack set is back in the insane category.
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you would be surprised at how much space a full sized tire will take up in your trunk...
well, what i was saying is the space saver spare in the link, is exactly the same diameter , just its 145mm across instead of 225mm. so it would only be 3" more in 1 dimension.

i know it'd take a good amount of space, but i'd only have to put it in there 4-5 times a year and the rest of the time i could go with tire sealant and a a compressor
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:37 AM
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yes, its unfortunate that the Bridgestone tire itself cost around $300.. nothing much we can do, but this is the best suited tire for this application.

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Of course, this could encourage summer tire use. One of the snow tires or all season tires, used during the winter, could be the full sized spare most of the year. One of the summer tires would be the spare during the winter.

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F30's rolling diameter is .5 greater than E60's rolling diameter (26 vs 25.5) which is a big deal (anything more than 1% is).

Plus you can always sell your spare to the next owner when you move away from F30. Not all people will buy untested E60 solution which is not meant for our cars. The initial cost might be cheaper (though nowhere near the cost that Orient330iNYC has provided if you buy brand new quality parts), but it is for you to decide.

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F30's rolling diameter is .5 greater than E60's rolling diameter (27 vs 26.5) which is a big deal (anything more than 1% is).
its actually not. the F30 stock rolling diameter is 26", the same as the old E60, so the E60 spare, so either bmw didnt know what they were doing when they specced the spare or...
base tire size for the E60: 225/50/17 = 25.9"
base tire size for the F30: 225/45/18= 26.0"

bmw specs the same spare for all variants of the E60, with a rolling diameter of 25.5. it was standard equipment on the base E60 (that did not come with runflats) with a tire size of 225/50/17.
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the rolling on the E60 Spare is 25.5, and the F30 is 26

Anyway, OP was just trying to be nice to let everyone know about what he found...
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Really, you should just carry a full-sized spare tire, mounted on a steel wheel, in your nice big trunk. Don't forget to start the wife on steroids too so that she can get that large heavy wheel out of the trunk (since you had that hernia, you have an excuse not to haul that spare wheel out of the trunk--which is surprisingly high). I've only driven about 240,000 miles on my two previous BMW three-series, hauling around that huge heavy spare wheel, located SO low in the trunk, and never needed it. Not once.
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In my previous car, I retrofitted a full sized spare to replace a compact spare. In my new BMW, I plan to eventually use a snow tire as a full sized spare if I travel more than about 50 miles away, which isn't often. For me, only a trip to expensive British Columbia or over the mountains to eastern Washington state would justify it for me, not locally. Maybe not even south to Portland, Oregon as it is fairly urban much of the way. It might depend on your circumstances. It's nice to be able to drive at full speed, which could be a 70 mph speed limit.
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