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      11-13-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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Since I have upgraed my tire and wheel package i need a spare. Does anyone know if there is a donut i can buy that does not take up much trunk room or shoould I just go with a plug kit and a pump? Im sure this is fairly common, what does everyone else do when they ditch the run flats?
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      11-13-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Since I have upgraed my tire and wheel package i need a spare. Does anyone know if there is a donut i can buy that does not take up much trunk room or shoould I just go with a plug kit and a pump? Im sure this is fairly common, what does everyone else do when they ditch the run flats?
I went pump and goop. Works great.
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      11-13-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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I purchased a e46 jack off ebay for 40$ shipped. I carry one of my winter wheels in the trunk during the summer and a summer wheel in the trunk during the winter. This was the cheapest way for me since I did not need an extra wheel for a spare.
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I purchased a e46 jack off ebay for 40$ shipped. I carry one of my winter wheels in the trunk during the summer and a summer wheel in the trunk during the winter. This was the cheapest way for me since I did not need an extra wheel for a spare.
Tough to fit golf clubs AND a wheel in the trunk. I assume you tie it down. RFT....just one MORE reason why I will never drive another BMW.
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Im thinking of trying an e36 donut spare sourced from a wrecking yard, but brake clearance may be an issue.
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Tough to fit golf clubs AND a wheel in the trunk. I assume you tie it down. RFT....just one MORE reason why I will never drive another BMW.
I have not tried golf clubs yet but my hockey bag and stick fit in there with the full sized spare. With one of the rear seats down I am sure it would not be a problem. I have not found that it is necessary to tie it down. It has never slid around on me.
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Im thinking of trying an e36 donut spare sourced from a wrecking yard, but brake clearance may be an issue.
Not very safe if you get rear-ended. Be careful.

Edit...sorry, meant to quote EricP3.
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I got a donut kit from an E60 for $100. Look at that option too if you go the donut route.
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I have not tried golf clubs yet but my hockey bag and stick fit in there with the full sized spare. With one of the rear seats down I am sure it would not be a problem. I have not found that it is necessary to tie it down. It has never slid around on me.
It should make the car smell/look nice with the seat down. If it hasnt moved on you you havent hit the brakes very hard. I'd strap it down.
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I got a donut kit from an E60 for $100. Look at that option too if you go the donut route.
Thats what Im talking about!
I want a spare but not a full size spare sliding around and taking up allot of rom. any ideas were to get one ...cheap?

Where did you find that donut kit for $100 bucks!
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Not very safe if you get rear-ended. Be careful.

Edit...sorry, meant to quote EricP3.
Hi, I carry a spare in the trunk also and was wondering if you can you please explain further why it wouldn't be safe to have a spare in the trunk when rear ended? Is it because the way the body will collapse to absorb the impact, the wheel may alter that?

Thanks!
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Hi, I carry a spare in the trunk also and was wondering if you can you please explain further why it wouldn't be safe to have a spare in the trunk when rear ended? Is it because the way the body will collapse to absorb the impact, the wheel may alter that?

Thanks!
Thats a good question.
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Thats a good question.
I think he means if its not tied down, it will fly around the trunk when rear ended.
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I purchased a e46 jack off...
Sorry, juvenile, but couldn't resist...
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I got one of these also from Tisher.


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Hi, I carry a spare in the trunk also and was wondering if you can you please explain further why it wouldn't be safe to have a spare in the trunk when rear ended? Is it because the way the body will collapse to absorb the impact, the wheel may alter that?

Thanks!
He means it could become a projectile during a hard crash and launch into your passenger compartment. Not good.
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my hockey bag and stick fit in there with the full sized spare. With one of the rear seats down I am sure it would not be a problem. I have not found that it is necessary to tie it down. It has never slid around on me.
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Not very safe if you get rear-ended. Be careful.
Edit...sorry, meant to quote EricP3.
Context is important. jsunma is referring only to this one post, where a rear seat is down and stuff isn't tied down.

That said though, I'm not sure I'd trust the latches on flip down rear seats to hold a full size spare in a significant event. Nothing like a wheel to the back of the head to mess you up. I'd say secure those things.
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Thats what Im talking about!
I want a spare but not a full size spare sliding around and taking up allot of rom. any ideas were to get one ...cheap?

Where did you find that donut kit for $100 bucks!
Ebay! It's really hit or miss... was looking around for about two months and found one. It's strapped down with bungee cords using the cargo hooks behind the back seat. Works well.
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Context is important. jsunma is referring only to this one post, where a rear seat is down and stuff isn't tied down.

That said though, I'm not sure I'd trust the latches on flip down rear seats to hold a full size spare in a significant event. Nothing like a wheel to the back of the head to mess you up. I'd say secure those things.
Thanks for clarifying. I do strap my wheel down also.
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Tischer has good pricing on the E60 compact spare that fits our cars

With that being said, I did get mine off eBay from private seller - never used for $65 shipped - you just have to be patient...
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=382545 i bought this one. not the cheapest but i buy stupid mods so why can't i spend it on safety and convenience.
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