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post #31 of 52 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:15 PM
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The spacesaver spare kit has always been available as an extra cost option when ordering a Mini new at the dealers......but few buyers bother to include it and more and more car manufacturers don't include spares even as an option any more.
All down to saving weight so they get an extra 1 mpg, looks good on the data sheets,
"Latest model, more economical than the previous one" is often said, but what they dont say is its because half the pieces are missing!
Then they can charge you a bit more for a spare wheel, jack, fixing kits etc,

I think I'll stick with my run flats.
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Tyre fitters and garages often put the wheels on with air-tools set far too high on torque.......always ask they don't overdo it or as said you can get stuck unable to remove a wheel by hand with the standard wheel wrench supplied.
The tyre fitters I use SAT always use a torque wrench on alloy wheels, and you need to make sure you tell them "Dont scratch them" too!! or you will be making a claim.
Some garages use the same air gun for tightening your car wheel nut as the juggernaut theyve just done before you too.
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Can I ask... what does the rear of the car look like with the space saver wheel attached? do you have a photo?
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Can I ask... what does the rear of the car look like with the space saver wheel attached? do you have a photo?

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its a shame that this cant be done to a R56 Cooper S,
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That doesn't look too bad actually and probably not that visible from behind.
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Spacesaver is virtually invisible from behind unless you crouch down on the ground to check........when did you last notice that the Mini driving in front did or did not have a spacesaver? Those without spacesaver have a large black plastic cover tray in the same place anyway.
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Space saver spare

Hello Mab01UK, thanks for your post, just fitted a spare to the wifes car and your post was very helpful.

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for anybody that's interested and an update to my question can I retro fit a space saver wheel carrier to an R57? Well the answer is YES. The mini computer said NO but after reading the wonderful posts on this site, I bought all the bits for the R56 and followed the comprehensive instructions by previous members and guess what it was fitted in the 15 minute time scale quoted.
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Thanks for the update and glad we helped!
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[QUOTE=mab01uk;3817434]After changing from runflat to normal tyres I opted for DIY retro-fitting the optional MINI space-saver spare under the rear boot/trunk floor, this can be done on the R50 MINI One and Cooper, also the later R56 One, Cooper and Cooper D.

For my 2002 Cooper, I ordered all the parts from Wellsway Mini. Then set about removing the plastic undertray. Confusion!

In the end I twigged that three grommets fitted to three brackets welded to my floor pan, and that solved the tyre holding issue.

I returned several parts (The three bracket not needed, nor bolts.) BMW Mini had no info on if some floor pans are flat and others with brackets. I have just driven 1400 miles through France, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily- now Malta with the security of knowing I got a spare!!!

Thanks so much for the pictures and advice!!!
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Can someone please tell me where I can buy this
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You can order the parts at your local MINI Dealership showroom using the part numbers listed earlier in this thread....they will have a spare parts department.
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I have a complete space saver wheel kit ( including all the fixings) for sale if you want it? it was fitted to my 2008 cooper diesel. I removed it as I px'd it for an SD, which cannot take it. Tyre is brand new and never been used.
90 plus delivery (which would be about 25, as its large). Unless you can pickup from west sussex.?

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Hello scooper dooper I would be interested in the kit if victoriadrskyte is not interested. I live in kent so I would need it posting if possible, oh forgot to ask would it fit r52 cooper convertible should have been my 1st question really,
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