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Part No: NMW7610
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.
Fits the following models 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.
Sorry, NOT compatible with 2007+ JCW models (R55/56/57/58/59 - front or rear), BUT, it will fit the rear if you use a 5mm SPACER.
For the MINI COUNTRYMAN and Paceman, see G2NMW7610.
See NMW7660 for a Storage/Carrying bag for this Spare.
See NMK7610 for a package with the Spare Tire and Storage/Carrying bag.
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:
Rear Boot: (may need to remove the rear parcel shelf)
Under the rear Floor:
For the 2008+ R55 Clubman, see G2NMK7620 for 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 Spare Tire Mounting Kit to mount this spare under the car in the rear.
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
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.
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.
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By: Carlos Pardo,,
I own a 2011 mini cooper s r56. I leed info on the space saver spare tire for my car, since your data does not show the 2011 model.----------Comment from Mini Mania. This item will fit your 2011 MCS on the rear only. If you have a flat on the front, then you should install one of the rears on the front, and the spare on the rear.