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    Retro Fitting Space-Saver Spare Wheel

    I replaced all the 205/45/17 Pirelli Runflat tyres on my MINI with Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 215/40/17 non runflats (same overall diameter).

    Pros: much smoother ride, less tramlining and far better grip and handling than the runflats with their stiff sidewalls.
    Cons: You need to fit a space-saver spare wheel or to carry a can of puncture repair like Holts Tyre Weld.

    I opted for DIY retro fitting the optional MINI space-saver spare under the boot floor but this can only be done on the R50 MINI One or Cooper. On the R53 Cooper S the twin exhaust box and battery are in the way. Also I believe the MINI One D has battery in boot like MCS.

    Spare wheel carrier assembly part numbers and 2008 prices for R50 Mk1 MINI Cooper and One:-
    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

    Easy to fit once you have all the above parts.
    I got my 115/70/R15 space saver Mini spare wheel secondhand off Ebay for only 20 and a genuine MINI jack for 99p + postage!


    Parts required for R56 Mk2 MINI Cooper and Cooper D (2011 prices)
    Thanks to 'Minimainiac' for R56 updates

    I bought the parts from BMW Group and got the tyre new off ebay for 20

    The only parts needed including the under car carrier 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.

    Quite easy to fit once you have all the above parts.
    I got my 115/70/R15 space saver Mini spare wheel secondhand off Ebay for only 20 and a genuine MINI jack for 99p + postage!

    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 Cooper SINGLE PARTS F EMERGENCY WHEEL MOUNTING

    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).





    (Photos thanks to Mini2.com forum member 'RedMiniOne1')
    Last edited by Mab01uk; 06/12/11 at 23:15.

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    Hi I am very interrested in your article on the space saver for the R56. Here in Australia there is no information. Would appreciate knowing where you purchased the parts.
    Thanking you,
    miniowneraust

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    I think there is one part missing from the kit... There is a big under tray too which covers the whole wheel

    You buy parts from BMW
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkde View Post
    I think there is one part missing from the kit... There is a big under tray too which covers the whole wheel

    You buy parts from BMW
    Yes, all parts come from your local MINI/BMW Dealer.
    This R50 Mini spare kit was for sale in Australia recently on Mini2........seller said it was still for sale a week ago even though auction had closed.
    MINI2 Classifieds - Space saver spare carrier for R50 Cooper - Powered by PhotoPost Classifieds

    The black plastic under tray is only fitted when the spacesaver spare wheel option is not fitted. If the undertray is fitted there is no spare wheel or carrier behind it.

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