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How to Retrofit the Spacesaver Spare Wheel

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. On the Cooper S models the twin exhaust box and rear boot mounted battery box are in the way, also not possible on the R50 One D because of the rear mounted battery? (I think).

Spare wheel carrier assembly part numbers and prices for R50 Cooper and One (petrol) - 2008 prices shown:-
41 11 7 043 349 Holder 3.83
51 71 1 510 375 Protection Foil 0.47
41 11 7 044 687 Guide 0.47
41 11 7 044 685 Spring 4.65
51 71 6 800 127 Cover 5.35
51 71 8 165 737 Lift Handle 2.77
07 12 9 904 868 Hex Nut 3-off 1.92
16 13 1 176 747 Nut Plastic 7-off 0.78
51 71 6 801 257 Spacer Rubber 3-off 2.82
07 12 9 904 864 Hex Nut 0.38
51 71 7 184 110 Support 27.50
115/70x15 spacesaver wheel/tyre
(I was lucky 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!)

The retrofit installation of the MINI spare wheel and associated components to an R50 MINI One/Cooper:-
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).
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R50
RealOEM.com BMW R50 Cooper SINGLE PARTS F EMERGENCY WHEEL MOUNTING
R56
RealOEM.com BMW R56 Cooper D 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).

Spare wheel carrier assembly part numbers for 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 115/70x15 tyre.
Thanks to 'Minimainiac' for R56 updated parts list above:
"Comes to about 130 in total and takes approx 15 minutes to fit." (2011 prices)

The retrofit installation of the MINI spare wheel and associated components to an R56 MINI One/Cooper:-
Fitting the kit to the later R56 MINI's is basically very similar to the R50 described above with the exception of an improved plastic top moulding with 3 rectangular foam pads which has replaced the need for 3-off rubber spacers/buffers clipped on pre-welded metal brackets as fitted to the underside of the boot floor on earlier cars to centralize the spare wheel.

Thanks to Mini2.com forum member 'RedMiniOne1' who kindly detailed and photographed each step of fitting the kit to his R56 Mini One recently (despite his local Mini Dealer salesman saying it could not be done!), all the steps in the fitting process are shown below:

Here are the parts you require


How the spacesaver sits in it's mounting


Grommet removed and retaining parts fitted


The studs have underbody protection foam on them that has to be carefully removed due to the studs being made of plastic


So, carefully cut the underbody protection foam and slide it off the studs, again, taking care not to damage the soft plastic studs


Attach upper part of wheel mounting to underfloor using the three studs protruding from boot floor. Only tighten just slightly more than finger tight "just nipped up" or else you'll strip the threads. Don't be alarmed, the weight of the spacesaver is NOT supported by these studs! Just treat the nuts as a retaining device and not something to be "tightened down" as such.


Attach long handle to spacesaver support, pull up through floor and allow spring catch to click into place.


Fit this cover, screw nut onto thread and tighten using wheel brace and the whole lot is supported.


Mission accomplished!
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I have the spare tire and kit for a R55 for sale. Brand new. $125.
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Nice thread there! Which Mini model did you fit this to?
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All credit to RedMiniOne1 for the photos and mab01uk for the write-up. Proper helpful stuff.

I love the little 'ski jump' ramps built into the underside of the wheel holder - presumably in case it gets grounded?
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlueBeastie (original)
Nice thread there! Which Mini model did you fit this to?

Thread 'How to' is based on fitting the kit to three different Mini2.com forum members Mini's:
2002 Mini One (R50)
2011 Mini One (R56)
2008 Mini Cooper D (R56)
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Great post, thanks!
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Great job. The runflats are SO HARD, it makes my teeth rattle.
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VERY GOOD NEWS !!! so, all in all how much does this kit cost in UK pounds sterling & how easy is it to fit? would have peace of mind if i had this fit to my car coz thats the only thing that lets the mini down (having a spare) Its my next mission soon as i get her back from the garage. And please can you direct me to the best place to buy from . MEGGA CHUFFED NOW!!!
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You can get the parts required from your local MINI Dealer spares department.......the parts come to around 130+ (2011 prices) but it is usually cheaper to get the actual spacesaver tyre for the Mini spare rim new from a local tyre fitter (or secondhand as they don't get used much to wear out).

You can often pick them up (sometimes as complete kit) cheaper from a Mini specialist breakers like:
Mini Spares UK - Mini Spares UK

MiniMatt|BMW|MINI|Modifications|Parts|Spares|Servi ce|Tuning|Repairs|Racing

BMW MINI Spares | BMW MINI Spares Ltd.

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Fairly easy for a diy minded person to fit with basic tools if you don't mind working under the car! Just follow the instructions above and remember these kits only fit the Cooper and One. The Cooper S has rear mounted battery and twin centre exit exhaust in the way.
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A massive cheers Mab01uk, seriously lookin into this kit ,,,,BMW SHUD recal and provide if wanted, its not like they cant affor to, tight sods. *** the stickers 4 now im getting this!!!
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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.

Also check under your boot floor first to check there is no spare fitted, the first owner may have ticked the option!







These photos and pt. no's prices thanks to Minitpm89

R55 Clubman Spacesaver Kit:
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I did look wen i got her, theres that black case thing but no wheel, she still in garage at mo havin bearings done in gearbox ( but soon as i get her back im on a mission to get this spacesaver kit, to me its important. before i read this thread i was going to buy a spare and put it in back ov car with seats down if we went further than 20 miles away but the inconvenience of it all. Going to ring our local BMW Mini garage today and find out the cost of the kit minus the wheel/tyre so will post current price on here.
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Mab01UK Iv rung the mini dealer in Colne , Lancs, (nearest to me) This is what the parts department have listed to me that i need as of 31-03-2012 inc VAT....

51 71 1 184 110 Cover (support) 49.39
51 71 7 124 365 Holder 12.90
51 71 1 510 375 Protection Foil .80
41 11 7 044 685 Spring 6.10
41 11 7 044 687 Guide 1.55
51 71 6 800 127 Cover 8.34
51 71 1 510 373 Bracket Holder 17.23
51 71 1 520 374 Thread Bolt 5.10
16 13 1 176 747 Plastic nut x 2 24
16 13 1 183 133 Palstic Nut x 3 72

Some of the parts you listed arnt mentioned like the hex bolt etc, so im not sure this guy has given me all the parts and some he has given me you havent listed, he is only a parts dept sales blokey whereas you know ur stuff . All this comes to 102 inc VAT so it doesnt seem right somehow, can you advise please
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Print out this photo above and when you collect the parts from Dealer tick them off against his list and you should be ok. There are 10 items on your list and 10 different items in the photo so you should be ok, the parts have varied over the years due to various changes and different models but if they used your Registration or VIN number to search with, then correct parts for your Mini should arrive.
How much is the spare wheel/tyre itself from BMW/MINI?

Hope this helps.
There are some more instructions on accessing the spacesaver spare in your Mini Owners Handbook, you also need to check whether a jack and wheelbolt spanner is in your polystyrene boot tray already as not all Mini's come with them either.......but I bought a used genuine Mini jack off ebay for only 99p as the only bidder!
Items 4 & 5 here:
RealOEM.com BMW R50 Cooper Car tool/Lifting jack

Or you could also use an aftermarket scissor-type jack from Halfords, etc.
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Mab01UK...The spare rim/tyre was.......99.14 !! yikes lmao
I have compared the list you provided, the list BMW mini provided and the list RealOEM provide, This is where it gets confusing.
BMW Mini Man says these bits what you dont mention: Mines a 2006 One
(27/06/2006) 1st Gen.I asked for prices INCLUDING VAT
------------------------------------------------------------
51 71 7 124 365 Spare wheel bracket 12.90
51 71 1 510 373 Bracket Holder 17.23
51 71 1 510 374 Threaded Bolt 5.10
16 13 1 183 133 Plastic Nut x 3 .72
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This is wot you state:

41 11 7 043 349 Holder (part doesnt exist, tried real OEM to check)
51 71 8 165 737 Lift handle
07 12 9 904 868 Hex Nut x 3
51 71 6 801 257 Spacer rubber x 3
07 12 9 904 864 Hex Nut
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What BOTH YOU an Dealer State:

51 71 7 184 110 Cover Support now 49.39
51 71 1 510 375 Protection Foil now .80
41 11 7 044 685 Spring now 6.10
41 11 7 044 687 Guide now 1.55
51 71 6 800 127 Cover now 8.34
16 13 1 176 747 Plastic nut x 2 now .24
---------------------------------------------------

Hope this is understandable, been up all night liiking at pictures , comparing etc etc. Want to get it RIGHT 1st time as BMW MINI Parts Dept will take my money no questions so i trust you more as you have nothing to gain, only to give which is ace as i would never have known this kit existed.
So i will wait till you clarify the list then bomb onto Lloyd Mini dealer an order the parts. CANT WAIT....THEN i will have the perfect car i fianally feel safe in WAHOOOOOOOOOOO
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