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      10-09-2011, 08:50 PM   #111
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Anybody have any luck with this preassembled kit?

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462

It seems to have everything included except for the plastic hub adapter, and I'd get it mounted locally at a tire shop.

For $315 + $50 shipping it doesn't seem a whole lot more expensive than assembling the parts individually, what do you guys think?
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Anybody have any luck with this preassembled kit?

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462

It seems to have everything included except for the plastic hub adapter, and I'd get it mounted locally at a tire shop.

For $315 + $50 shipping it doesn't seem a whole lot more expensive than assembling the parts individually, what do you guys think?
Looks like it should work, but you could put the whole thing together yourself using the earlier posted info, including the hub adapter, for under $300 rather than $365 + adapter.
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stock wheel as a full size spare......

This has probably been discussed before but thought I would ask.....

Has anybody used the stock OEM 18" wheel/tire combo as a full size spare, especially on long trips?? I was thinking, maybe the rear wheel/tire (18*9.5 wheel with the stock 265/40 tire, but an all season tire) will make a good full size spare to carry around, especially on long road trips.

I went for the rear wheel because, in case you have a rear wheel flat, then putting the front wheel/tire size on the rear may interfere with the proper working of the rear differential, given the different circumferences.

Any of you happen to know if the rear wheel/tire combo - if installed on the front for temporary use in case of an emergency - has sufficient clearances for the front, to avoid any sort of rubbing onto the surrounding structures??
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This has probably been discussed before but thought I would ask.....

Has anybody used the stock OEM 18" wheel/tire combo as a full size spare, especially on long trips?? I was thinking, maybe the rear wheel/tire (18*9.5 wheel with the stock 265/40 tire, but an all season tire) will make a good full size spare to carry around, especially on long road trips.

I went for the rear wheel because, in case you have a rear wheel flat, then putting the front wheel/tire size on the rear may interfere with the proper working of the rear differential, given the different circumferences.

Any of you happen to know if the rear wheel/tire combo - if installed on the front for temporary use in case of an emergency - has sufficient clearances for the front, to avoid any sort of rubbing onto the surrounding structures??
I think a front wheel would be a better choice. The minimal circumference difference should not be an issue for temporary use. And certainly it's less of a difference than most of the compact solutions discussed here. The issues are it weighs a lot and takes up a large portion of your luggage capacity.
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      10-30-2011, 06:57 PM   #115
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You want the rear to match as close as possible to keep the differential happy. A pull to the right or left is easy to manage for a few miles, a burned up m diff is a different story and I want a spare I can drive on for hundreds of miles if needed. The viscous lock/unlock mechanism in the diff is easy to overheat on a racetrack with same size rear tires, imagine a 3% difference in wheel speed for a few hundred miles

The rear size will rub on the front fender liner under certain conditions

A nineteen is big enough to fit the BMW jack kit inside and an eighteen isn't fyi
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You want the rear to match as close as possible to keep the differential happy. A pull to the right or left is easy to manage for a few miles, a burned up m diff is a different story and I want a spare I can drive on for hundreds of miles if needed. The viscous lock/unlock mechanism in the diff is easy to overheat on a racetrack with same size rear tires, imagine a 3% difference in wheel speed for a few hundred miles

The rear size will rub on the front fender liner under certain conditions

A nineteen is big enough to fit the BMW jack kit inside and an eighteen isn't fyi
can you please clarify your last statement? Sorry, i am kind of a newbie here. What do you mean by "eighteen isn't fyi?" And when you say, the "BMW jack kit inside", do you mean that the m3 comes with a jack kit?? I was assuming it does not since it doesnt come with a spare, but I may be wrong!!!

Will the rear rub the front fender liner under normal highway driving conditions?? This is one of the reasons why I have ordered mine with standard 18"ers without the lowered suspension. I do need the practicality of the 18"s in my neck of the woods........

And I completely agree with you on the differential issue. Those were my exact thoughts, 'cause sometimes the routes that I ply on between Texas and Oklahoma, it can happen that you have to drive a good 80-150 miles, sometimes even 200, before you can get to a good wheel/tire store or a BMW dealership. And roadside assistance, as good as it maybe has its own limitations. I would rather have the capability to get home and then go to my regular dealer. sometimes I dont have an option given the time and work schedule.

but many thanks for your input, confirms my thoughts, rather save the differential and deal with a lill pull on the highway than mess around with uneven circumferences at the business end of things......
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      10-31-2011, 07:22 AM   #117
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This has probably been discussed before but thought I would ask.....

Has anybody used the stock OEM 18" wheel/tire combo as a full size spare, especially on long trips?? I was thinking, maybe the rear wheel/tire (18*9.5 wheel with the stock 265/40 tire, but an all season tire) will make a good full size spare to carry around, especially on long road trips.

I went for the rear wheel because, in case you have a rear wheel flat, then putting the front wheel/tire size on the rear may interfere with the proper working of the rear differential, given the different circumferences.

Any of you happen to know if the rear wheel/tire combo - if installed on the front for temporary use in case of an emergency - has sufficient clearances for the front, to avoid any sort of rubbing onto the surrounding structures??
I have snow wheels and 3 season wheels and I have put a spare wheel, jack, and wrench in the trunk. I chose a front wheel as a spare simply because it would fit either end and was smaller and lighter. It would get me home any distance I needed to go. DSC can be turned off. A minispare is better from a space saving perspective and a stock scissor jack is more compact than the aluminum HF floor jack I brought along. I have trouble paying $300+ for a minispare.
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      10-31-2011, 08:55 AM   #118
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This has probably been discussed before but thought I would ask.....

Has anybody used the stock OEM 18" wheel/tire combo as a full size spare, especially on long trips?? I was thinking, maybe the rear wheel/tire (18*9.5 wheel with the stock 265/40 tire, but an all season tire) will make a good full size spare to carry around, especially on long road trips.

I went for the rear wheel because, in case you have a rear wheel flat, then putting the front wheel/tire size on the rear may interfere with the proper working of the rear differential, given the different circumferences.

Any of you happen to know if the rear wheel/tire combo - if installed on the front for temporary use in case of an emergency - has sufficient clearances for the front, to avoid any sort of rubbing onto the surrounding structures??
I was thinking about carrying a spare OEM 18" rear tyre for the annual long road trip around Europe but wanted to take it a step further by running a OEM 219M rear wheel square setup. So from a fitting perspective it has been done. The weight and space consumption as eluded to already is however a massive downside.
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It could be very inconvenient and expensive to have to buy a wheel and/or tire in the middle of nowhere during a trip. Whether the spare is the perfect long term choice or not is not as critical to me as whether it will get me back on the road while I decide what I want to buy and how much I want to spend and where I want to buy it.
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It could be very inconvenient and expensive to have to buy a wheel and/or tire in the middle of nowhere during a trip. Whether the spare is the perfect long term choice or not is not as critical to me as whether it will get me back on the road while I decide what I want to buy and how much I want to spend and where I want to buy it.
u said my mind.......

so by reviewing the previous posts, I guess the OEM rear wheel/tire combo (18"*9.5 with 265/40) should be a decent choice for a full size spare to carry around on long trips - all things considered, equal sizes for the differential care in case of a rear wheel flat and a decent choice for most highway driving in case of a front wheel flat although lock to lock turns may need to be with caution if it has to rub on the fender liner. thanks guyss..... this was a great help......
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I was thinking about carrying a spare OEM 18" rear tyre for the annual long road trip around Europe but wanted to take it a step further by running a OEM 219M rear wheel square setup. So from a fitting perspective it has been done. The weight and space consumption as eluded to already is however a massive downside.
how did this turn out?? curious to know. (And I am assuming a square set up with OEM 18*9.5 wheels all around with 265/40 tires??)
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Picked up my M3 last week. This is on the top of my list to do. I've read the entire thread but wonder if there are any updates or suggestions before I pull the trigger.
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Picked up my M3 last week. This is on the top of my list to do. I've read the entire thread but wonder if there are any updates or suggestions before I pull the trigger.
I have not been back through this whole thread since I started it, but the 145/70-18 tire size would appear ideal, which Tire Rack appears to carry. The alloy wheel is pretty trick, but steel is just fine.
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I'm good with the steel wheel. Figured I'd check with Les Schwab first. If I have to order a tire anyway I'll check with Tire Rack. Thanks for the update.
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Picked up my M3 last week. This is on the top of my list to do. I've read the entire thread but wonder if there are any updates or suggestions before I pull the trigger.
Check this thread for an alternative from BimmerZone: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...ght=spare+tire

BimmerZone is selling an assembled setup with the 145/70R18 Bridgestone tire for about the same price that you can put it together yourself (with the Bridgstone tire).
BimmerZone link: http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...E90M3-KIT.html
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Check this thread for an alternative from BimmerZone: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...ght=spare+tire

BimmerZone is selling an assembled setup with the 145/70R18 Bridgestone tire for about the same price that you can put it together yourself (with the Bridgstone tire).
BimmerZone link: http://www.bimmerzone.com/BMW_Perfor...E90M3-KIT.html
I saw that during my initial search. Thought the cost was a little high. Not that there wasn't plenty of value though. After thinking and searching I decided to buy the kit from Bimmerzone.

It came down to the path of least resistance. Ordered the kit late last night and it's already been shipped from Bimmerzone. Should be here late next week.

I appreciate the threads and the help guys. I thought this would be more difficult than it turned out
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Costs update as of March 19, 2012:

Maxxis tire T135/70R18 listed for 149.00 with free shipping direct from Maxxis:

https://www.shopmaxxis.com/b2c/

Goodyear T145/70R18 from Tire Rack quoted 189.00 plus shipping. Call in person 1-888-428-8355.

Bridgestone T145/70R18 from Tire Rack is quoted at 286.00

Tire Rack has back-ordered the T135/70R18

Rim 36-11-6-768-861 from GetBMWParts listed for 75.24 + 14.95 shipping + 3.95 handling:

http://www.trademotion.com/parts/ind...&siteid=214672

Valve Stem 36-12-1-116-326 from GetBMWParts listed for 2.39 shipping with rim.

Hub centric ring 74.1-72.6 mm from 1010tires.com either 24.99 or 34.99 depending on plastic or aluminum free shipping (I found similar correct size rings on eBay for as little as 7.99 free shipping):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/74-1-72-56-H...sories&vxp=mtr

http://www.1010tires.com/hubrings.as...FU0wpAodcQqcmw

Total package price (cheapest options) 253.52 shipped.

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I went with a 135/80-18 sized spare tire (Pirelli PSpare) from Tirerack.com

With a 26.5" diameter, this is a nearly perfect match for a rear 275/35-19 tire (calculates to 26.6"). I specifically chose this to minimize a L/R diameter difference on the rear differential. I figured that matching the diameter was less critical on the front.

Haven't had to use it yet, but I did install the spare wheel on a front corner when I removed a front wheel to inspect it more closely.
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I went with a 135/80-18 sized spare tire (Pirelli PSpare) from Tirerack.com

With a 26.5" diameter, this is a nearly perfect match for a rear 275/35-19 tire (calculates to 26.6"). I specifically chose this to minimize a L/R diameter difference on the rear differential. I figured that matching the diameter was less critical on the front.

Haven't had to use it yet, but I did install the spare wheel on a front corner when I removed a front wheel to inspect it more closely.
Good choice, how much was it?
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Good choice, how much was it?
I purchased it a few years ago for $95. It was about $20 to ship from I-don't-recall-which warehouse of theirs that had it in stock. My order was less than $120, iirc.

I don't the the current price or availability of this tire, though.
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FWIW, the wheel can be ordered online from Tischer BMW (in MD) here:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...72&catalogid=0

I used the 125/70 18 tire, as well--the Maaxis looks like a better solution, but if you have trouble tracking that down, Tire Rack sells the Continental 125/70 18 tire. It's hard to find online, but if you call them they have no trouble looking it up.
Thanks for the suggested wheel/tire options. I do get a "regional manager's friend" discount at a tire chain, so I might be able to track down either of those without too much difficulty.
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Would there be much of an issue with getting a new front comp pack wheel and using that as a spare on the back if it is even needed?

I see that the rolling diameter of the front is 25.8, the rear is 26.3 and most of these spares are coming in at 26. Would that put much strain on the diff?
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