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Old 06-21-2016, 02:25 PM
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Is there a compact spare for M3?

I remember seeing compact spare listing having a note not compatible with M brake or something. Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2016, 02:49 PM
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I can't say for certain, but I really doubt it. A lot of standard 18" rims don't fit over the calipers, I'd be pretty surprised if a compact spare fit.
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:12 PM
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That's a bummer. I really can't afford using it only for around town and to and from track
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:47 PM
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spare

Just ordered one for my vehicle. A lot of long no service areas in AZ don't need to wait for a tow truck that might never come.

http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F80-KIT.html

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Old 06-26-2016, 07:33 PM
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Had my new "mini" spare delivered this weekend. It was physically bigger than I expected but that itself is not a bad thing. In the event I need it, the car should drive better. It's too big to put behind the front seat on a trip. Fits in the trunk okay but of course doesn't leave much room for bags that now have to go in the back seat. The convertible partition still closes fine so I can drive top down without any hassles. The quality looks good and the jack it is OEM BMW. The tire comes with an aluminum spacer for the front wheels so as to clear the caliper. Here are some pictures with the tire in the trunk.

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Old 06-26-2016, 10:07 PM
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The question is - If you have to mount the donut spare where do you put the full size tire?
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:39 AM
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I have the same question.

My new M4 is on a ship headed across the atlantic and I'm also looking at my options concerning a spare tire. The bimmerzone kit looks like the way to go as i didn't opt for the ceramic brakes. But, will the smoking, shredded, messy, 20" wheel and tire i just removed fit in the trunk?

Anybody know?

Driving around NJ in my Audi S4 (with full size spare) i've averaged one tire change every 18 months over the past 10 years. I imagine this car will be similar.

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From what I read the spare is 1/2 smaller diameter than the stock tire diameter. I've got the factory 19's on my car. A tire 1 inch larger would still fit. There is always the back seat...

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Old 06-27-2016, 10:55 AM
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I was considering the donut spare but it is really too expensive for what you get. I got a single tire/wheel from tire rack for $240 including mount balance and shipping. Certified to fit front or rear.

That way I can travel normal road speeds. Most flats are punctures so I have used plugs twice with success, one in the mini van and the other on a M PS 2. Even in high performance tires LOL, a plug held for the rest of that tires life, which is not very long anyway LOL.

The donut does not save much trunk space. So for travel it will be perfect. I use a snow tire/wheel for long trips in my RS6 too, I have never tried to inflate the inflatable spare the car came with LOL. (In winter I use the summer tire/wheel). As fare as putting a dirty tire in the trunk! Big deal, that is what large trash bags are for. LOL.

Vincent at Bimmerzone is very nice and very helpful. He told me they sold the last one for the M3/M4 but are getting more next week. So if you want one, get it soon.

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I was considering the donut spare but it is really too expensive for what you get. I got a single tire/wheel from tire rack for $240 including mount balance and shipping. Certified to fit front or rear.

That way I can travel normal road speeds. Most flats are punctures so I have used plugs twice with success, one in the mini van and the other on a M PS 2. Even in high performance tires LOL, a plug held for the rest of that tires life, which is not very long anyway LOL.

The donut does not save much trunk space. So for travel it will be perfect. I use a snow tire/wheel for long trips in my RS6 too, I have never tried to inflate the inflatable spare the car came with LOL. (In winter I use the summer tire/wheel). As fare as putting a dirty tire in the trunk! Big deal, that is what large trash bags are for. LOL.

Vincent at Bimmerzone is very nice and very helpful. He told me they sold the last one for the M3/M4 but are getting more next week. So if you want one, get it soon.

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I remember seeing compact spare listing having a note not compatible with M brake or something. Thanks.
Bimmerzone says it doesn't fit with the M3/4's optional carbon ceramic brakes

http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F80-KIT.html

The 228i with Track Handling Package (and M Brakes) requires the spare used on the M235i.
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I was considering the donut spare but it is really too expensive for what you get. I got a single tire/wheel from tire rack for $240 including mount balance and shipping. Certified to fit front or rear.

That way I can travel normal road speeds. Most flats are punctures so I have used plugs twice with success, one in the mini van and the other on a M PS 2. Even in high performance tires LOL, a plug held for the rest of that tires life, which is not very long anyway LOL.

The donut does not save much trunk space. So for travel it will be perfect. I use a snow tire/wheel for long trips in my RS6 too, I have never tried to inflate the inflatable spare the car came with LOL. (In winter I use the summer tire/wheel). As fare as putting a dirty tire in the trunk! Big deal, that is what large trash bags are for. LOL.

Vincent at Bimmerzone is very nice and very helpful. He told me they sold the last one for the M3/M4 but are getting more next week. So if you want one, get it soon.

Mike
A large Samsonite suit case fits on top of a mini-spare in the trunk of an F10, barely. Having a mini-spare was critical to me buying an F10. (If I get a flat on a road trip, the suitcase will have to go in the back seat.) I had a full size spare in my E46 M3 and it took up most of the trunk.
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:39 PM
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Yes, I know the trunk is small, but for long trips with this car I'd be traveling alone, so plenty of room for my luggage in the back seat. LOL. The Q7 moves the family around with plenty of room for luggage. I don't mind going on trips between places I have traveled well without a spare since I know where stops are and BMW dealers, etc. I would not want to be somewhere unfamiliar without a spare of some kind. I assume the inflating device and sealant are reliable or some lawyers would have chewed a piece out of BMW's butt by now. Overall having a real spare is nicer. Maybe I can mount it on the top of the trunk, old school.

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Spare....done..

I got my spare today, mounted it up front and took it for a ride, clears brake and turning.

Waiting on my jack from Bimmerzone. You'd think it would be an item the dealer would have in stock.
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I got my spare today, mounted it up front and took it for a ride, clears brake and turning.

Waiting on my jack from Bimmerzone. You'd think it would be an item the dealer would have in stock.
You might want to do a fit check on the back, since the fronts and back wheels likely have different offsets.
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Yes, was planning on doing that today. Did quick fit check for front after spending 5 hours spreading top soil. Those wheels get heavier as the day grows longer. But since the FEDEX guy had just brought the new 'toy' I had to play with it.


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(tirerack certified the fit, so I am not worried, those TR guys only drive BMWs and they have every model (JK).)
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I was considering the donut spare but it is really too expensive for what you get. I got a single tire/wheel from tire rack for $240 including mount balance and shipping. Certified to fit front or rear.

That way I can travel normal road speeds. Most flats are punctures so I have used plugs twice with success, one in the mini van and the other on a M PS 2. Even in high performance tires LOL, a plug held for the rest of that tires life, which is not very long anyway LOL.

The donut does not save much trunk space. So for travel it will be perfect. I use a snow tire/wheel for long trips in my RS6 too, I have never tried to inflate the inflatable spare the car came with LOL. (In winter I use the summer tire/wheel). As fare as putting a dirty tire in the trunk! Big deal, that is what large trash bags are for. LOL.

Vincent at Bimmerzone is very nice and very helpful. He told me they sold the last one for the M3/M4 but are getting more next week. So if you want one, get it soon.

Mike
Carrying the plug kit is a great idea. I would just add a pair of small diagonal cutters (cutting pliers) to the arsenal for pulling the object out of the tire before being able to plug.
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Thankfully tire technology has evolved to the point it's pretty rare to have a blow out of a tire unless you live in older cities. Still it would be nice to have a proper spare with the appropriate tools to change out a wheel if your in the sticks. The extra weight and cost would not bother me
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Mike, I like your idea. I'm going to do the same as well. But I'll only have it on board when doing long distance road trips. This way it's a proper tire, not just a doughnut. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful and diverse nation!
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We are blessed to live in such a beautiful and diverse nation!

Nicely put!
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Thanks. That's a picture of "piece of mind."
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Yes, was planning on doing that today. Did quick fit check for front after spending 5 hours spreading top soil. Those wheels get heavier as the day grows longer. But since the FEDEX guy had just brought the new 'toy' I had to play with it.


Mike

(tirerack certified the fit, so I am not worried, those TR guys only drive BMWs and they have every model (JK).)
Yeah, I bought a cheap 17" tire and wheel for my E46 M3 from them. It was the rim from their winter wheel package. Although the rim was 17" instead of the normal 18", the tire was the same width and outside diameter as the front tires. For the back, they included a spacer and a set of extra long lug bolts.

Most of your flats will be on the back. That's because most nails or screws are laying on their sides on the road, posing no threat... until the front tire safely rolls over them and starts them tumbling along in front of the corresponding rear tire. It the tumbling nail or screw is upright when the back tire gets to it, you're... well... nailed or screwed.

Porsche sells a collapsible spare for 911's. But, it only goes on the front. For a flat in the rear, you have to move a front wheel to the rear and then put the spare on the front. So, you usually end up changing two tires before getting on your way. But, it's better than the alternative.
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Does anyone know the diameter of the wheel in this kit?: http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F80-KIT.html
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Does anyone know the diameter of the wheel in this kit?: http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...T-F80-KIT.html
While the link did not work for me, the Bimmerzone kit is a 155/70D-18 tire on a 18 x 4 wheel. It says it fits cars without CCBs.

I'm planning to get an inexpensive 19" alloy wheel with a 225/40R-19 to serve as a semi-compact spare; a little more capability at cost of more weight and cube. Probably only to be used for trips.
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