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post #61 of 69 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 2018, 11:40 AM
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We have an R50 Cooper hatch (2003/53 reg) which we have had since new and have now given to our daughter who is at university. The tires needed replacing so have gone with normal non run flat and decided to try and fit a space saver wheel.

Ordered the kit detailed in the list at the start of this forum however have hit a problem. I was concerned when BMW said that the Spare-wheel bracket had been replaced by part number 51717124365 (same as the R56).

Anyway to cut to the chase it doesn't seem to fit onto the 3 studs underneath as there is a bracket in the way.

So either I have the wrong part or my mini is different!!

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I have the same problem
Where the three points of the triangular part touch the body there is three metal brackets welded to the body already
So stops this part being used
So I am guessing the early r50 may have used rubber bushes mounted to these brackets

Can anybody confirm please

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Whilst I cannot answer your question I have found a guide that might prove useful to you .

Retro Fitting Space-Saver Spare Wheel

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RealOEM lists a Spacer (part number 51716801257, three required) for builds up to 01/2004.
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RealOEM lists a Spacer (part number 51716801257, three required) for builds up to 01/2004.
Thanks for that appreciate your help squire
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Hi,
Many thanks for this! Changed to 16" wheels and 'normal' tyres as with 17" wheels with run flats it was just toooo hard and seemed to seek out the potholes :0(( Now with proper spare and a transformed ride the car is a joy to use - only took 15 / 20 mins to fit the spare wheel, which was a bonus!
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R55 JCW and 17 inch wheels...

And possibility to have a spare wheel ?


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Re Spacesaver wheel Conversion

Thank you for a very helpful article.
One question, my car which is a 2012 R56 has 17" wheels with Continental tyres. The list of parts to do this conversion shows a 15" wheel & Tyre. Is this size ok to use with my 17" wheels?

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Can this kit be fitted to the R58 coupe
The normal Cooper not the S
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Can be fitted to any Mini which has single exhaust on either side. It is standard 15" size, this makes no odds if you hvve to use the wheel, does not make any diferrence if rest of wheels are 17".

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