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E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
The E9X is the 4th evolution of the BMW 3 series including a highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! -- View the E9X Wiki

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Old 08-01-2013, 06:14 PM
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E46 Space saver on E9x

Can E46 Space saver fit onto E90

as most E90 rims can fit E46

Can anyone shed some light ????
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I recently acquired a "space saver" spare for my E93. It's a very narrow 17" wheel setup. Based on that if it works on a stock E93, it should work on a stock E90/91/92 as well.

Bought mine from ECS Tuning. ~$450 (Wheel, Tire, Tools, Cover, Shipping)
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I recently acquired a "space saver" spare for my E93. It's a very narrow 17" wheel setup. Based on that if it works on a stock E93, it should work on a stock E90/91/92 as well.

Bought mine from ECS Tuning. ~$450 (Wheel, Tire, Tools, Cover, Shipping)
did you buy a E46 Space saver ?
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Not specifically. Here in the US, vendors are marketing a compact spare that will fit E9X cars. It's a 17" rim, Conti tire. It's very narrow relative to our normal tires. Don't hold me to this dimension, but 215 rings a bell. Bottom line, it can be stowed well in the Cabrio with room to still stuff a few things on top and then lower the partition that allows top down driving. If it works in the trunk for an E93 it will be sure thing in an E90 or E92.
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Not specifically. Here in the US, vendors are marketing a compact spare that will fit E9X cars. It's a 17" rim, Conti tire. It's very narrow relative to our normal tires. Don't hold me to this dimension, but 215 rings a bell. Bottom line, it can be stowed well in the Cabrio with room to still stuff a few things on top and then lower the partition that allows top down driving. If it works in the trunk for an E93 it will be sure thing in an E90 or E92.
its a 125 or 135 /80 depending on if its the E46 or E60 spare-- very narrow.


the E46 compact spare will fit, but you will need a 15-20mm spacer for brake clearance depending on model
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its a 125 or 135 /80 depending on if its the E46 or E60 spare-- very narrow.


the E46 compact spare will fit, but you will need a 15-20mm spacer for brake clearance depending on model
LOL, 215 - 125 Dyslexia is a wonderful thing.

So, Orient, now that your bring this up, does the wheel that is marketed as an E9X "space saver" (125/80/17) also need the 15-20mm spacer?
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LOL, 215 - 125 Dyslexia is a wonderful thing.

So, Orient, now that your bring this up, does the wheel that is marketed as an E9X "space saver" (125/80/17) also need the 15-20mm spacer?
And I presume the "current" lug bolts (length) would be OK?
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LOL, 215 - 125 Dyslexia is a wonderful thing.

So, Orient, now that your bring this up, does the wheel that is marketed as an E9X "space saver" (125/80/17) also need the 15-20mm spacer?
The E60 based spare does not. the offset is 8 (iirc, the E46 one is 20-25) so it clears the brakes on even the 335i no problem.

side note, it doesnt clear the front brakes on an F30 335i. you need a 10mm spacer for that car.
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And I presume the "current" lug bolts (length) would be OK?
nope, you need to get longer lugs.
i got a 15mm hubcentric spacer, and 5 bolts of the correct length for about $40 total so i could use my E60 based spare on my F30.
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nope, you need to get longer lugs.
i got a 15mm hubcentric spacer, and 5 bolts of the correct length for about $40 total so i could use my E60 based spare on my F30.
apparently this could work on e46 space saver on e90
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I recently acquired a "space saver" spare for my E93. It's a very narrow 17" wheel setup. Based on that if it works on a stock E93, it should work on a stock E90/91/92 as well.

Bought mine from ECS Tuning. ~$450 (Wheel, Tire, Tools, Cover, Shipping)
I just checked on their web site it is almost $520 with shipping, I did not realize inflation is so high. Kat, how do you like your kit, everything OK., no spacer needed, have you use it already or tried it. Need one for my wife 2010 E93. She has already gone through her rear 313 19", both were cracked, shredded one of her rear RFT. Now she is having new set of 18" 313 with non RFT Michelins. Would like your opinion on the spare set and if you like it, I am sure she will too. Thanks, Miro
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I just checked on their web site it is almost $520 with shipping, I did not realize inflation is so high. Kat, how do you like your kit, everything OK., no spacer needed, have you use it already or tried it. Need one for my wife 2010 E93. She has already gone through her rear 313 19", both were cracked, shredded one of her rear RFT. Now she is having new set of 18" 313 with non RFT Michelins. Would like your opinion on the spare set and if you like it, I am sure she will too. Thanks, Miro
ecs is overpriced for some things

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ecs is overpriced for some things

http://www.getbmwparts.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462
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No offense to Tischer, I will blame BMW engineering. I would throw that jack off a bridge into a deep river. Get the X5 scissor type. It is much safer and fits the E90 jack points. I have 3 of them. $25 to $35 in local salvage yard.

http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E5...ack#6754372_11

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Tks,I agree. ECS is scissor type, but their price...on the other hand, nothing better than a happy wife, as I know she would be with ECS set. I have been looking at local junk yard, have not had any luck so far.
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to OP, the E46 one will not fit, unless you have a spacer on it, the E60 one will bolt right on, which we would recommend.
We have some pictures and video of it on our website. you can take a look
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Here is another point of view.... We carry a full size spare wheel and tire behind the passenger seat. It's in a black bag so not an eyesore and on rare occasions when we need that seat for a passenger I'll throw the spare into the trunk.

I went this way because we tour a lot with our car and there are many places where the tire sizes required are not available. In addition if we are booked for a ferry crossing or important hotel night I want to be able to continue the journey at highway speed for as long as necessary. It was the only practical solution for our tour of Newfoundland for example.

The trunk well is perfect for storing jack, wrenches and chocks as well as a small compressor and can of sealant for those times when a nail puncture can be sealed near home.

It would be nice if BMW had made room for a full sized spare but we have been able to cope on those long trips when risk needs to be mitigated.

It's a solution for your consideration if you really need to carry a spare tire.
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