2011-current R60 MINI MINI Cooper and Cooper S COUNTRYMAN (including ALL4)
2013-current R61 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Paceman
This Spare Tire uses the Continental Tire (made in Germany).
For the Spare with a less expensive Kenda Tire (made in Taiwan, see G2NMW7610.
If you have the JCW Brembo Front Brakes, the spare will not fit the over the front brakes, but you can simply put the spare on the rear and move a good tire to the front.
Yes, you can find the wheel from a dealer, tire from a tire shop and get it mounted and balanced - but why bother, we did all the work for you! Mounted, balanced, and ready-to-use.
Sorry, this Compact Spare will not fit in the compartment under the rear floor.
For a Kit that includes a custom carrying / storage bag with this spare tire, see G2NMW7610-P.
Remember, this is a 'temporary' spare tire to get you directly home or directly to the nearest tire repair center. Get your flat fixed and back on your car AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Recommended 'cold' inflation pressure: 60 psi
Lug Bolts torque for 2011+ COUNTRYMAN: 103.3 ft lbs
Tighten the lug bolts in a criss-cross pattern.
Have the wheel bolts checked as soon as possible using a calibrated torque wrench to ensure that the lug bolts are firmly seated, otherwise a serious accident could result if a wheel comes loose.
Wheel Size: 4.0J x 17 ET 18
Tire Size: 135/80
Sidewall Height: 4.25"
Section Width: 5.31"
Overall Diameter: 25.50"
Revs per mile: 790.78
Weight: Approx. 29 lbs.
Actual dimensions may vary slightly depending on the brand of tire. Compared to the stock 205/55/17 tire, this spare is only 0.38" shorter in diameter and 1.18" less in cirumference - about as close as you can get to the original size.
NOTE: Driving with the space-saver tire
This spare will trigger a 'flat tire' warning light since it does not have the TPMS sensor.
Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a speed of 50mph/80kph.
You must expect changes in vehicle handling such as lower track stability during braking, longer braking distances and changes in self-steering properties when close to the handling limit. These effects are more pronounced when driving with winter tires.
Only one space-saver tire may be mounted at one time. Reinstall a wheel and tire of the original size as soon as possible.
Check the tire inflation pressure at the earliest opportunity and correct it if necessary. Replace the defective tire as soon as possible and have the new wheel/tire assembly balanced.
Allow 2 weeks for delivery.
The 205/55/17 tires on 7Jx17 wheels are the standard offering from MINI. Factory options include 225/45/18 tires on 7.5Jx18 wheels and the JCW 225/40/19 on 7.5Jx19 wheels. This Compact Spare is compatible with any of these optional tire set-ups.
For a better understanding of your ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, here is a brief description:
The All4 starts at 50/50 front to rear power split, and is able to re-allocate up to 100% of power back to the front wheels.
As an All4 equipped MINI reaches highway speeds, the multi-plate wet clutch that sends power to the rear wheels starts to disengage progressively, sending less and less power to the rear wheels as you go faster. At approximately 80 mph, the rear wheels are disengaged entirely for the sake of efficiency.
The rear drive mechanisms are engineered to be able to send nearly 300 foot pounds of torque to the rear wheels. Put another way, the clutch mechanism, sending unit, rear differential and axles are engineered strong enough to work with an engine output of up to 600 foot pounds! Knowing that the system is that strong and that over-engineered speaks well to what we might be able to expect from the system’s longevity.
Most everyone dreads a flat tire. Not only are they inconvenient, but drivers who haven't experienced a blowout at speed wonder how they'd react. And no one likes the idea of being stuck at the side of a busy road in nice clothes with an unplanned dirty job to do.
Run-flat or zero-pressure tires are intended to support the weight of the car for a short time, providing the driver with 100 or so miles of range to get off the highway and find a repair shop. Sounds like a slam-dunk no-brainer, right? But is it really that simple?
Two kinds of zero-pressure tires exist in the market today. Both types still require the usual amount of air to provide day-to-day performance.
Self-supporting tires (SSTs) are the original and most common run-flat type. Heavily reinforced sidewalls support the vehicle after air departs the scene. This sort of run-flat is designed to fit on normal wheels with no modifications.
Michelin's PAX, a patented auxiliary support run-flat system, is a relative newcomer. PAX sidewalls, while still stiffer than normal tires, are not as rigid as SSTs. Instead Michelin designed a unique wheel that positions a semi-rigid "support ring" inside the tire to hold the car up when the air goes bye-bye. A non-standard bead design is necessary where wheel and tire meet.
A side effect of the stiff sidewalls found on run-flats is that they never look flat. As a result, the danger of driving on underinflated tires is even greater, as many people don't check their tire pressures until they "look" low.
To counter this problem, the use of tire-pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) has become mandatory in run-flat applications. Since run-flats only provide a limited zero-pressure driving range, TPMS is critical to help the driver know when the mileage clock starts ticking, and more importantly, when time is up.
TPMS is such a good idea that the federal government has made it mandatory for all cars, not just those with run-flats. Twenty percent of 2006 vehicles have it, increasing to 70 percent in 2007 and 100 percent in 2008.
Ironically, TPMS makes the case for run-flats less compelling. Since these systems excel at alerting drivers to underinflation and slow leaks before they can fester and weaken a tire, the likelihood of certain types of blowouts and flat tires is reduced. In making the case for mandatory TPMS, the NHTSA cited tire industry data claiming that 85 percent of tire deflations are slow leaks — some of which go unnoticed and end up as blowouts. The remaining 15 percent are due to sudden ruptures or large punctures. Other industry sources put the sudden rupture percentage even lower than 15 percent.
You have to decide
Run-flats work as advertised, but they have unspoken downsides that everyone needs to be aware of. Cost and availability may improve over time, but that depends on how customers react to the prospect of no spare, a potentially harder ride and reduced replacement choices. In the short term, higher replacement costs and supply issues are the reality.
TPMS is soon to be a standard-equipment fact of life on cars without run-flats. These systems are being implemented to reduce the likelihood of the very thing that run-flat tires were designed to address: the blowout and roadside stranding.
Your own personal feelings, budget, driving patterns and geographical circumstances need to be figured in the decision to go with run-flats or not. For some of us, the decision is not as easy as it first sounds.