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      07-05-2011, 06:04 AM   #1
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Taken off run flats - spare wheel or compressor

Hi All

Finally got rid of the runflats and put on some LM style rims with Michellin rubber (will post some pics soon).

What do most people carry - a spare wheel or compressor?

I would prefer a space saver but doesnt appear to be one for the e90....any advice guys??

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      07-05-2011, 06:20 AM   #2
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on the e60's i've seen people buy the space saver kits

ebay fetching in the region of 200+ on average which is pricey but if needed I guess it's needed.

assume similar on the e90s
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      07-05-2011, 07:47 AM   #3
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I bought this space saver 36110445045 for 140 and a second hand E46 jack for 10 off ebay

If you want the full BMW kit, it's 36110308889 = Wheel, Jack, wheel brace and bag

I also have a mobility kit.
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      07-05-2011, 07:59 AM   #4
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As much as that??

I am trying to do it on a budget as i have to also utilise the solution for my 1 series...having recently forked out on both BMs, rims, rubber and insurance, I am trying to spend as little as possible...lol

Was thinking of keeping the 17s as spares but if i get decentish money for them will sell, plus, takes up too much boot space...
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      07-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #5
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      07-05-2011, 09:11 AM   #6
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I've just done exactly the same, and went for the tyre-weld and electric compressor option (got x2 cans of weld + comp for about 20 on flea-bay!)
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      07-05-2011, 09:44 AM   #7
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I just had a can of jizz and also a compressor!
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      07-05-2011, 09:58 AM   #8
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Yeah, can of this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000Y8WB8...SIN=B000Y8WB8W

5 in Asda

EDIT: Ah OK, it's gone up - sign of the times. 6

http://direct.asda.com/Holts-Tyrewel...efault,pd.html
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what's the downside to tyre-weld?
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      07-05-2011, 10:53 AM   #10
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what's the downside to tyre-weld?
Tyre fills up with goo which needs to be cleaned out prior to a repair.

You need to rotate the tyre so that the hole is at 6 o'clock on the ground or it doesn't work.

You can also try a plastic plug repair which you glue in plus a foot pump or CO2 cylinders.
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      07-05-2011, 03:19 PM   #12
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If you're going the space-saver route - try your local tyre factor. Mine did me a new BMW wheel and Continental tyre for 85+ VAT for my 5er.
Wheelbrace : Lidl
Jack : Vauxhall Omega (lying around in a mate's garage and therefore free!)

When (eventually) I find an E91 that I like (and can afford), the 5er wheel will be moving car for the longer runs and towing, plus I have a Contimobility kit for the rest of the time

Speaking to a BMW employee yesterday and he reckons that RFT's are now the biggest moneyspinner for recovery companies at weekends- people won't travel far with "flat" tyres and can't get new RFT's easily.

He said they're not immune to shredding either - he's had one let go on him!

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      07-06-2011, 02:56 AM   #13
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Comp and goo it is then!

Maybe a really silly Q, but does the filler/goo have an expiry date as I have a can in the garage (dont know how) but am not sure how old it is?

Also, once you use the filler/goo, can the tyre still be repaired or will it need to be replaced?

Thanks for the advice guys!
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Comp and goo it is then!

Maybe a really silly Q, but does the filler/goo have an expiry date as I have a can in the garage (dont know how) but am not sure how old it is?

Also, once you use the filler/goo, can the tyre still be repaired or will it need to be replaced?

Thanks for the advice guys!
Yes they do, The BMW kits are dated.
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Tesco are doing 400ml cans of tyre weld for £3.50 and a small compressor for £11.50
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Also, once you use the filler/goo, can the tyre still be repaired or will it need to be replaced?
Yes it is repairable but there is an additional cost to clean the goo out. Some con-artist or semi-competent places will not do it and will want to sell you a new tyre instead.
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      07-06-2011, 04:23 AM   #17
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I have just seen another post on the forum that suggests that any space saver can be used for the e90 (or for any 5 stud bmw i guess)...

I assume therefore, that I could simply buy an e46 one off ebay for 50 and use it for my car???
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Tyre fills up with goo which needs to be cleaned out prior to a repair.

You need to rotate the tyre so that the hole is at 6 o'clock on the ground or it doesn't work.

You can also try a plastic plug repair which you glue in plus a foot pump or CO2 cylinders.
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that makes sense. plastic plug, never seen those. is that an example if the nail was pulled out etc.?

i bet the tyre fitters hate tyre weld and having to clean it out etc.
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I've used Tyregoo for a bike flat tyre. Didn't work, which was when I read the instructions to rotate the puncture to the 6 o'clock position. This is also when I found out the varying positions of tyre fitters with repairing or replacing tyres with goo in them.

I bought a plug repair kit after that. It's for bikes, but no reason it will not work on car tyres. You pull the nail/screw out with plyers, insert the rubber plug + glue with an insertion tool and wait a few mins. Inflation is via a pump or CO2.

If the first time use was in a motorway breakdown lane at 3am when it is raining, I'd go for tyreweld. After practice, either is just as good.
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I do not think just any space savers will work. Space savers are often smaller rims and they need to clear the brake rotors. Space savers also take up a lot of boot space and don't look elegant even in the boot imho.

If you want to avoid these problems in the first place, just get a car with standard 17" wheels and SE suspension. I take great pleasure in driving my car with standard wheels, standard suspension and standard RFTs in the potholed streets of London and enjoying a smooth, compliant ride while driving straight over potholes; it's also fine when you give it a boot on backroads. M-sport+big rims = ouch for your ass.
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In all honesty, not really bothered about how the tyre will look in the boot.

In terms of the M Sport vs SE debate, for me personally it has to be an M Sport as in my opinion it looks and handles a lot better...well worth the extra cost and insurance - each to their own i guess

Best thing I ever did was get rid of the run flats, as even though I have moved up a size on rims, the ride is much better.

Any advice on the most suitable space saver??
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Any advice on the most suitable space saver??
You mean apart fron the part numbers in my first reply?
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