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      03-24-2017, 09:16 AM   #1
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Emergency Jacks

Well one of the slant lift types twisted and broke on me when changing a flat on the way home the other week.

So, started looking around at options. Found an early 2000's X5 scissor jack. The rectangle on the top of the jack is a perfect fit for the jack point on the E91.

Doesn't lift as easy as the slant type but the base is wider and a bit more stable.

Still considering one of those aluminum racing jacks but those take a bit of space.
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scissor jacks are best - one of the worst factory BMW jacks has to be the E30's. It's commonly known as "the widowmaker". It works, but it's sketchy as hell - the base is really small and it doesn't fit into the jack point terribly well. I've had it fall over more than once. You'd better have the tires chocked really well and don't dare crawl under it.

I still think it sucks that a $50,000 luxury car doesn't come with a spare tire - RTFs are stupid, if you blow out a sidewall or something you're screwed. Even if you have towing service, you could be waiting 3 hours or more for somebody to show up depending on where you are when it happens. I could have a spare swapped in 10 minutes..
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scissor jacks are best - one of the worst factory BMW jacks has to be the E30's. It's commonly known as "the widowmaker". It works, but it's sketchy as hell - the base is really small and it doesn't fit into the jack point terribly well. I've had it fall over more than once. You'd better have the tires chocked really well and don't dare crawl under it.

I still think it sucks that a $50,000 luxury car doesn't come with a spare tire - RTFs are stupid, if you blow out a sidewall or something you're screwed. Even if you have towing service, you could be waiting 3 hours or more for somebody to show up depending on where you are when it happens. I could have a spare swapped in 10 minutes..
Actually, my wife and I were driving back from the beach, and all of a sudden the TPMS warning came one. We heard a noise coming from the back, and I stopped. I walked around the car, and couldn't see anything.

We were about 15-20 miles from the nearest town, LaGrange TX (from the famous ZZ top song), and headed for it. The car drove fine, the noise even went away, and I was hard pressed to keep it at 50, but my wife insisted.

When we got to LaGrange, the tire shop did not have any matching runflats, they said they had some in Bastrop (the next decent size city along the route, about 30 miles down the road), and I said, I wanted to go on, and get a set of tires there. The tire guy said to come take a look - there was a hole on the inside wall I could nearly put my fist in. They put a go flat of matching size on, and we continued on to Austin, where I had new tires put on.

You may not like how RFT's ride, but I can assure you, they DO work as advertised, and I for one am VERY happy to have RFT's on my car.
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one of the worst factory BMW jacks has to be the E30's. It's commonly known as "the widowmaker". It works, but it's sketchy as hell - the base is really small and it doesn't fit into the jack point terribly well. I've had it fall over more than once. You'd better have the tires chocked really well and don't dare crawl under it.
Seriously, the e30 jack is insanely freaky. Even on solid ground. Only thing I used it for was to lift the car a couple of inches to get a real floor jack under the frame rails. My e30 was pretty low though.
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I ditched the RFT's a long time ago.
Isn't the ECS Tuning Mobility kit a good alternative? You don't even need a jack to quickly fix a punctured tire. A blowout is a different matter though.

P.S.: Looks like the Stop & Go Tire plugger is the way to go. (Amazon has it - different models)
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Well, I carry an emergency spare, jack, breaker bar with 17mm, tire plugs and a portable pump at all times.

The hole was big enough that I barely got it plugged and it held air just long enough for me to get home so I don't think a mobility kit would of gotten me any where.
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I got a nice X5 scissor $20 at local salvage last week for a new to him E90 friend. I've sworn buy this type for about 5 years.
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I bought the inflator below and plan on buying a proper spare kit with jack. I've been lucky and have only needed a spare once in my 30+ years driving but I don't want to push my luck. Otherwise, I'll be waiting on the side of the road waiting on a tow truck.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-12-Vol...lator/50137724
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I bought the inflator below and plan on buying a proper spare kit with jack. I've been lucky and have only needed a spare once in my 30+ years driving but I don't want to push my luck. Otherwise, I'll be waiting on the side of the road waiting on a tow truck.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-12-Vol...lator/50137724
I've got the Slime air pump....

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Slime-Por...Light/14254129
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