If you switched from run-flat tires to standard tires, here is the spare designed for your MINI. This Spare uses the MINI factory Spare Wheel and we source the same size tire as offered on the early Cooper Spare. This spare is compatible whether you have 15", 16", or 17" tires - they all have the same approximate overall diameter.
Beware of 'similar' space-saver tires from other brands since the hub diameter is most likely the wrong size. If you are shopping at some junk yards for other brands, consider the 'age' of the tire - do you really want a 5+ years old tire as your primary backup??
This 'space saver tire' set-up uses the genuine MINI factory spare wheel with a brand new tire for guaranteed fitment. This is important if you plan to mount the spare under the rear on R50/R52/R56 Cooper models, and also for mounting under the rear floor on Clubman models - we've found the non-MINI wheels don't fit well.
Fits the following models on the front or rear:
2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 MINI Cooper S with standard brakes.
2005-2008 R52 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertibles with standard brakes.
2007-2013 R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (non-S)
2008-2013 R55 MINI Cooper CLUBMAN (non-S)
2009-2013 R57 MINI Cooper Convertibles (non-S)
2012-2013 R58 MINI Cooper COUPE
2012-2013 R59 MINI Cooper Roadster
Fits the following models (non-JCW) on the rear only - if you have a flat in the front, you need to install the spare on the rear and move a good tire to the front:
2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 MINI Cooper S with JCW Sport Brakes.
2005-2008 R52 MINI Convertibles with JCW Sport Brakes.
2007-2013 R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback
2008-2013 R55 MINI Cooper S CLUBMAN
2009-2013 R57 MINI Cooper S Convertibles
2012-2013 R58 MINI Cooper S COUPE
2012-2013 R59 MINI Cooper S Roadster
Not compatible with 2007+ 2nd Generation JCW Models.
For the MINI COUNTRYMAN Spare tire & Paceman Spare Tire, see G2NMW7610.
See NMW7660 for a MINI Cooper Spare Tire Storage Bag .
See NMK7610 for a package with the MINI Cooper Spare Tire and Storage/Carrying bag set.
Yes, you can buy the wheel from the dealer, tire from a tire shop (if you can find one) and get it mounted and balanced - but why bother, we did all the work for you! Mounted, balanced, and ready-to-use. Tire brand will vary depending on supply.
This is the same 'spare wheel' offered by the factory as an option for your Cooper Hatchback, Convertible, and Clubman.
Underside on the rear of the car:
2002-2006 R50 Cooper Hatchback
2005-2008 R52 Cooper Convertible
2007-2013 R56 Cooper Hatchback
2009-2013 R57 Cooper Convertible
2012-2013 R58 Cooper COUPE
2012-2013 R59 Cooper Roadster
Rear Boot: (may need to remove the rear parcel shelf)
02-06 R53 Cooper S Hatchback
05-08 R52 Cooper S Convertible
07+ R56 Cooper S Hatchback
09+ R57 Cooper S Convertible
Under the rear Floor:
08-2013 R55 Cooper (may require additional parts, depending on original equipment)
08-2013 R55 Cooper S Clubman (requires additional parts - see below)
For the 2008+ R55 Clubman, see G2NMK7620 for MINI Cooper Clubman Spare Tire Kit to include the retainer and spare tire tray.
For the 2005-2008 R52 Cooper (non-S) Convertible and 2007-2013 R56 Cooper Hatchback (non-S), see NMK7200 for MINI Cooper Spare Tire Mounting Kit to mount this spare under the car in the rear.
For the MINI Roadside Spare Tire Change Tool Kit, see NMA7688 or NMA7689.
If your MINI has the Limited Slip option, install the spare tire on the rear.
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. If you have the Limited Slip Differential option on your MINI, put the compact spare on the rear.
Recommended 'cold' inflation pressure: 60 psi
Lug Bolts torque:
2002 - 2006 All Models (to 7/11/2006): 88.5 ft lbs
2007-2008 Convertibles (from 7/11/2006): 103.3 ft lbs
2007+ Hatchbacks (from 7/12/2006): 103.3 ft lbs
2008-2013 CLUBMANS: 103.3 ft lbs
2009-2013 Convertibles: 103.3 ft lbs
Tighten the lug bolts in a criss-cross pattern.
From the MINI owners manual: Immediately have the wheels checked 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: 3.5J x 15 ET35
Tire Size: 115/70
Sidewall Height: 3.17"
Section Width: 4.53"
Overall Diameter: 21.34"
Revs per mile: 974.70
Weight: Approx. 20 lbs.
NOTE: From the MINI owners manual:
Driving with the space-saver tire
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.