Just seen a Spacesaver Wheel and Tyre go on ebay for £102 plus £11 delivery.
They are only £75 new. I have just bought the wheel from the local BMW Stealer for £31 and the tyre from local tyre fitters for £44
Do you think some people have too much money?
I was very lucky a while back and got an as new Mini spacesaver spare wheel and tyre from ebay for only £20 as it was local and I was the only bidder!
I opted for DIY retro fitting the optional MINI space-saver spare under the boot floor but this can only be done on the MINI One or Cooper. On the Cooper S the twin exhaust box and battery are in the way.
The retrofit installation of the MINI spare wheel and associated components:-
The first thing to do is to open the boot of the car, lift up the carpet and remove the MINI Mobility Kit or whatever may be installed in the cut out in the floor.You will see a rubber bung and three threaded studs.
Get under the car, you will see a plastic cover/undertray by the side of the exhaust. Remove this. It has 2 nuts that need to be removed at the back of the cover and 3 screws at the front.
By removing this cover you can now see the under side of the rubber bung and 3 more studs facing down. The threaded studs may have a rubber cover over them. Remove the bung and rubber stud covers.
Assemble the items inside the car in the order shown in the Realoem.com parts drawing to the 3 studs using plastic nuts. (The latest assembly listed in my parts list above is modified with less parts to assemble than shown on the earlier realoem.com diagram below). RealOEM.com BMW R50 One 1.6i SINGLE PARTS F EMERGENCY WHEEL MOUNTING
From the underside of the car, fix the final component with 3 plastic nuts to the studs.
Fit the 3 rubber bung buffers to the existing brackets on the underside of the boot floor.
Place the space-saver spare wheel over the plastic support assembly on the ground and position it under the car. Fit the lifting handle to the assembly through hole in the boot floor and pull the wheel up into position. You may find that you need to move the exhaust heat shield out of the way of the wheel. The wire spring clip holds the wheel up while you tighten the retaining nut with the wheel brace. This nut is the same size as the wheel bolts. (See also MINI Handbook for more details and pictures).
Is your battery in the boot as earlier One D and Cooper S, or under the bonnet? A rear mounted battery and the twin centre exit MCS exhaust is what prevents the fitting of a spacesaver under the boot floor of those models.
Your not kidding, I bought the parts from BMW Group in the end and got the tyre new off ebay for £20
The only parts needed including the under car carrier on the link above for an R56 Cooper and Cooper D are
1 x 51717184110 Cover, spare wheel
1 x 51717124365 Spare-wheel bracket
1 x 51711510375 PROTECTION FOIL
1 x 41117044685 Spring
1 x 41117044687 Spring guide
1 x 51716800127 Cover
1 x 51718165737 Handle
3 x 16131176747 Plastic nut 6mm
3 x 07129904868 Hex Nut 6mm
1 x 0712990486 Hex nut 10mm
1 x 36111509164 - BLACK STEEL EMERGENCY WHEEL, 31/2JX15 ET:35
1 x 115 70 15 tyre.
Came to about £130 in total and took 15 minutes to fit.
Hi there - thought i would post this up as when searching for a deal on a spacesaver for my cooper S i found this site very useful.
Wheel Fitment.eu Rover 45 - the largest online database with PCD, Offset and Center Bore date for almost every car.
I tried to post the link but I am brand new to this so not allowed - sorry!
I now have a spacesaver for the cooper s - £17 delivered (ebay) - its off a rover 25 and has never been used.
hope it helps someone else get a deal.
Not sure if the tyre size is different to Mini spacesaver.
The one I got off a Rover 25 is 125/80/15 and fits front and back of car no problem - as far as I can see.
I just checked that it was a 15in spacesaver before I ordered and checked out that the rovers it it meant for would normally run 16/17in wheels.
The MINI space saver spare is 115 70 15 so a bit smaller in width and rolling radius. As long as yours is close to the overall diameter of the wheels you have fitted on your car it should not be a problem. I went for the correct size as it needed to fit inside the underslung spare wheel carrier (nb, carrier not possible to fit to a Cooper S).
A problem could arise if the diameter was way out and you fitted it to the drive axle of a car with a limited slip diff. I don't know if any Mini's have limited slip diff's as standard.
I've read your post re: retrofitting the space saver on an r5o, and I had mistakenly thought that the plastic bracket for r56 cars (the big, three pronged one) was what I needed for my 2002 cooper, but much to my dismay it was not. I took the plastic cover off and saw the three metal brackets peering back at me.
I see that you're original posts had a part: "Rubber buffer 3-off" that I can't seem to find on real oem any more, and I can't get it on Inchape's part site either.
Do you know if these guys are made anymore or do I have to make something myself? I'll call my main dealer tomorrow, but I was hoping you could shed some light on this for me, and help me remedy my dumb mistake!
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