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      01-06-2010, 12:01 AM   #1
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Final solution for E90 compact spare

Wasn't happy with the Tischer compact spare solution for my 335xi (http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462) as their E60 setup has a 135/80/17 tire, which has a 25.5" diameter, versus the 25" on all E90 tires. That concerned me with the AWD electronics.

While the LeatherZ part (http://leatherz.com/Merchant5/mercha...etyConvenience) has the right size tire (125/80/17), it's narrow wheel (meant for a Z3) won't fit a 335 without a spacer.

I bought the Bavarian Autosport E90 spare kit (http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp), which fits perfectly and comes with an excellent tool kit (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=71&fg=95&hl=3) which has the best scissor jack I've ever used (fits firmly in the chassis block and has a thumbwheel and an actual ratchet mechanism) as well as a precalibrated torque wrench (96 lb/ft, which is OK for the steel spare).

Looking forward to getting decent tires- will be posting my barely used Turanza RFTs for sale soon!
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      01-06-2010, 12:52 AM   #2
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bav auto offers excellent products..
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      01-06-2010, 10:38 AM   #3
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Good finds as I will have to get a similar setup this summer when I switch out to my 18s with summer tires. One question though, you said the 125/80/17 was too small but the E90 spare kit at Bavarian has the same dimension wheel. Am I missing something here?
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      01-06-2010, 10:40 AM   #4
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Nice. Can you use a 17in spare on the xi, when the other three wheels are 18 or 19in?
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Is there anywhere to put it? Or do you just have it "loose" in the trunk.
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      01-06-2010, 01:24 PM   #6
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Hi. The 125/80/17 tire is not too small. Rather, the Z3 wheel is not deep enough to clear the E90 front brakes on the LeatherZ kit (I believe their wheel is 3", rather than 4" wide). The tire size is perfect.

This is the compact spare that would be used for any standard size E90 BMW wheel with the appropriate size tire, yielding a 25" diameter (e.g. 225/45/17, 225/40/18, 255/35/18, etc.), unless the brakes have been changed.

I will just sit the spare in the trunk, covered by something like a Tire Rack tote, and bungie it down. I think it will hold my jumper cables, and perhaps most of my usual tools, other than the jack kit.
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Who would have thought a spare tire would cost $370? I'm all for ditching the run flats, but geez!
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      01-06-2010, 03:04 PM   #8
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BMW stuff is expensive! However, to be fair, the jack kit is about $150 and the tire and wheel about $210.
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      01-06-2010, 03:28 PM   #9
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I bought the Bavarian Autosport E90 spare kit (http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp), which fits perfectly and comes with an excellent tool kit (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=71&fg=95&hl=3) which has the best scissor jack I've ever used (fits firmly in the chassis block and has a thumbwheel and an actual ratchet mechanism) as well as a precalibrated torque wrench (96 lb/ft, which is OK for the steel spare).
Did that nice tool kit come with the Bavauto spare, or did you buy it separately? When I go to the Bavauto site, the illustration for the spare tire kit shows a completely different jack and standard lug wrench.
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The big kit came with the E90 emergency spare tire kit for $359. You're right- that wasn't in the picture.
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My E46 M3 didn't come with a spare or run flat tires. The M3 came with an "M-Mobility System" instead, which is basically a glorified "fix-a-flat" system

I plan to buy Michelin Pilot Sports for my 335i and use my M-Mobility System in lieu of a spare. You can find them for around $200, and they're a lot smaller than a compact spare tire...
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the only problem with the Mobility Kit or the similar kit from Conti is they don't help if you get a blowout. Which can happen. And I've read stories about BMW assist billing for the tow if you don't have the runflats or a spare.
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Do you really believe that the bavauto kit is worthy nearly $100 more then the tischer one? Did it come with the storage net thing?
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Wasn't happy with the Tischer compact spare solution for my 335xi (http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462) as their E60 setup has a 135/80/17 tire, which has a 25.5" diameter, versus the 25" on all E90 tires. That concerned me with the AWD electronics.

While the LeatherZ part (http://leatherz.com/Merchant5/mercha...etyConvenience) has the right size tire (125/80/17), it's narrow wheel (meant for a Z3) won't fit a 335 without a spacer.

I bought the Bavarian Autosport E90 spare kit (http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp), which fits perfectly and comes with an excellent tool kit (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=71&fg=95&hl=3) which has the best scissor jack I've ever used (fits firmly in the chassis block and has
a thumbwheel and an actual ratchet mechanism) as well as a precalibrated torque wrench (96 lb/ft, which is OK for the steel spare).
Looking forward to getting decent tires- will be posting my barely used Turanza
RFTs for sale soon!
do you know if all your fitment comments are true for the e92 and e93 as well ?
I was thinking of buying the leather Z spare but it may not fit the e92 ????

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Kit will fit E90, 91, 92, 93. The advantage over Tischer kit is that the tire is the right size and diameter, which for my X Drive, I felt was important (the Tischer is 1/2" too big). I don't think the size discrepancy would be any big deal on the front of a RWD car (except for confusing the ABS), and probably wouldn't even be too big a deal for the diff on a RWD car if mounted on the rear and not driven far.

I guess it's worth more than the Tischer kit because it also includes the torque wrench and has the tire already mounted and balanced. BAS shipping is about $20 less than Tischer, too, so it's really about $50 more. I would not have spent the extra money, though, except to make sure I had the right diameter tire.

It does not come with the net. You can get a good one at Pep Boys or Auto Zone for less than $20. I'll post pics of my application soon.
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I use an old 162 rim with 225 RF tire as a spare for my OEM 230's. It fits just fine.
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Just picked this kit up as well. I've been running with non run flat winter tires and the more I think about it, the more I would be screwed if I get a flat. I also have non run flat for summer as well. I was going to just get a spare wheel and throw it in the car, but then I would have no jack to help with the change on the side of the road. This kit might cost a pretty penny (392 shipped, there goes that vent boost guage), but I can't find anything that is small enough(e92 trunk is already pathetically small) and easy enough to work with on the side of the road with all tools needed.

I never trust mobility kits. 392 is small change to be able to change a tire in the middle of a snow storm and then be able to get home safely.
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I wish the bavauto site actually said what the kit includes. It does not say that it comes with a torque wrench or a mounted and balanced tire. Id feel better if it said that.

I wish you would take pics of this kit, op, hint hint!
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I got my kit today. It's a tire mounted and balanced on the rim. Th tool kit contains a jack, jack wrench, torque wrench, gloves, and a wheel stop.

WELL WORTH IT. Now just need to find a way to fit this nicely in my trunk...
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Did you guys read the small print on that tire?

E9x 3 Series - (2006+) 325i only (The spare will NOT work on the 328, 330, or 335)

Above info is right from the site

It doesn't fit the 335!
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That's the LeatherZ kit. The Bavarian Auto kit is what we got. It fits.
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