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Tim330

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541 posts

92 months

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I noticed my new car doesn't have one, just a can of tyre weld. I looked around on ebay and found this

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221033259975?ssPageName=...

but seems a bit steep for a space saver. Are there any suitable alternatives available? I've read that although the e46 wheels fit the e9x the space saver won't, thanks.

stroberaver

156 posts

48 months

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Hope I'm not telling you to suck eggs here, as I'm (sadly) firmly in the dreamer/drooler camp rather than being fortunate enough to own an E92 335i, but I do recall reading that the 335i can't accommodate a space saver under the boot floor - apparently the gubbins of the twin exhausts means the boot floor is raised and there's even less of a recess than on other models? Whether any E92 can accomodate a space saver, I'm not sure, but I've seen pictures of 335is whose owners want a spare and have to carry it in the boot itself.

(EDIT) Perhaps you should ignore me, now I've scrolled down the ebay advert and realised it does actually show the wheel sitting in the boot. Oops, silly me. biggrin

Billyray911

477 posts

84 months

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stroberaver said:
Hope I'm not telling you to suck eggs here, as I'm (sadly) firmly in the dreamer/drooler camp rather than being fortunate enough to own an E92 335i, but I do recall reading that the 335i can't accommodate a space saver under the boot floor - apparently the gubbins of the twin exhausts means the boot floor is raised and there's even less of a recess than on other models? Whether any E92 can accomodate a space saver, I'm not sure, but I've seen pictures of 335is whose owners want a spare and have to carry it in the boot itself.

(EDIT) Perhaps you should ignore me, now I've scrolled down the ebay advert and realised it does actually show the wheel sitting in the boot. Oops, silly me. biggrin
You might not be wrong...!
I have not looked in the rear of an E92,but talking from an E91 335d perspective-there isn't any room under the boot floor for a spare.
I bought one and it will only fit in the main boot area.
Looking at the pic,it seems that that space may be the same and the spare is tethered down in the main boot area.
I paid £100 for my my unused oem wheel from a forum,so £300 for the wheel and a few extras is a tad expensive!
However,it is a hassle free option.

Tim330

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541 posts

92 months

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Yes I realise there isn't room for a spare under the carpet but I have an elasticated cargo net that can hold a spare in place in the main compartment. I rarely fill the boot so loss of space isn't an issue.
I plan to ditch the runflats as soon as the current tyres wear out & I don't trust the tyre weld for all punctures.

Billyray, where did you source yours from?

phumy

3,868 posts

117 months

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Monday 18th June 2012 quote quote all
And this is the afetrmath of all those people opting to do away with the Run flats and chasnging to normal tyres, the second or subsequent owner is finding a problem, ether you have to have a spare which will take up way too much room or you change back to RFT`s at quite and expense..

I have a 335d and have elected to stick with RFT`s as thats what the car was designed for, it works well for me amd my wife as we do a lot of motorways miles, it doesnt work for others and obviously all the sheep who normally follow..
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a11y_m

1,611 posts

102 months

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At least BMW have a plan for not offering a spare wheel, i.e. RFTs. Many manufacturers don't even bother despite not fitting RFTs for greater boot space and less weight through a lack of spare.

The RFTs on my previous car (54-plate Z4) gave a shocking ride and tramlining - I replaced them with normal tyres as soon as I could. Nothing to do with being a sheep: better ride, less tramlining, and less than half the price of a set of RFTs. I've just bought an E90 and the previous owner has already fitted non-RFTs - not complaining about that in the least smile

But this is got me worried as I've got a 17" space-saver from an E46 that I kept from my Z4. I assumed it'd fit my E90 but guess I'd better check to be sure.

Tim330

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541 posts

92 months

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a11y_m said:
At least BMW have a plan for not offering a spare wheel, i.e. RFTs. Many manufacturers don't even bother despite not fitting RFTs for greater boot space and less weight through a lack of spare.

The RFTs on my previous car (54-plate Z4) gave a shocking ride and tramlining - I replaced them with normal tyres as soon as I could. Nothing to do with being a sheep: better ride, less tramlining, and less than half the price of a set of RFTs. I've just bought an E90 and the previous owner has already fitted non-RFTs - not complaining about that in the least smile

But this is got me worried as I've got a 17" space-saver from an E46 that I kept from my Z4. I assumed it'd fit my E90 but guess I'd better check to be sure.
This is why I want to change as I don't think its just the sport suspension causing the rock hard ride. Also the non RFT are cheaper.
With regards to the E46 space saver I read on another forum (think it was bimmerforums) that although it will fit it will rub on the front when turning the steering. Spacers & longer bolts are required but I didn't want to go down this route if there was a suitable E9x space saver that wasn't £300.

I can't recall getting a puncture in over 10 years but it would be just my luck to get one after changing tyres!

Billyray911

477 posts

84 months

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Tim330 said:
Yes I realise there isn't room for a spare under the carpet but I have an elasticated cargo net that can hold a spare in place in the main compartment. I rarely fill the boot so loss of space isn't an issue.
I plan to ditch the runflats as soon as the current tyres wear out & I don't trust the tyre weld for all punctures.

Billyray, where did you source yours from?
Apologies,I may have misled you-it was a one-off as an E90 owner was selling his.
I will keep my eyes open for you as they pop up from time to time.
I moved to vredestein ultrac sessantas a while ago as I discovered two hairline cracked oem wheels.
BMW are well aware of the runflat/cracked alloys issue and offered a goodwill gesture to rectify.
However,I decided not to be a 'sheep' and pay the dealer several hundred more pounds for new wheels and continue to fit their shoddy Bridgestone rft's,only to have an overly harsh none compliant car-for this issue to happen again.
Curious as to why their performance vehicles are never supplied with them...
Anyway,I now have a car which drives the way I want it to and I have used part of my old set of wheels as winters with vredestein wintrac extremes.

Tim330

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541 posts

92 months

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Monday 18th June 2012 quote quote all
Another thought is that I could buy a front MV1/2 wheel from ebay and keep this as a spare. They have the same tyre sizes as the E9x 18" alloys so I think this would be suitable.

a11y_m

1,611 posts

102 months

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Tim330 said:
Another thought is that I could buy a front MV1/2 wheel from ebay and keep this as a spare. They have the same tyre sizes as the E9x 18" alloys so I think this would be suitable.
Not sure if the different offset of MV1/MV2s would kill that idea though?

I never actually carried the space-saver in my Z4 while I had it. It lived in the garage as I needed all of the bootspace in the Z4, but with the E90 I reckon I'll keep it in there permanently unless carrying something much bigger.

Tim330

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541 posts

92 months

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a11y_m said:
Not sure if the different offset of MV1/MV2s would kill that idea though?

I never actually carried the space-saver in my Z4 while I had it. It lived in the garage as I needed all of the bootspace in the Z4, but with the E90 I reckon I'll keep it in there permanently unless carrying something much bigger.
It would appear these do also require spacers. I think I'll get the proper space saver or another E9x 18" front alloy if one comes up on ebay cheaper

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/t-wheel-spacers-en...

TX1

686 posts

63 months

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Got one of the proper space savers when I changed to non runflats a couple of years back.
My theory was it is a rip off price however it still works out cheaper when you add 4 non runflats + space saver.
The thing I liked about it mostly is the way it ties inside the boot, no movement at all.
Car is an e92 330i so I would think the 335I uses the same, the picture gives you a rough idea of what you get, all the tools are inside with the Tyre.


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