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Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S

Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S

Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S

Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S

Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S

Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S

Space-saver 15 Emergency Spare Tire Donut Type- Mini Cooper & Cooper S
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. Fits R50/52/53/55/56/57/58/59

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 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

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.

Storage Options

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 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.

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"
Circumference: 67.04"
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.

Technical Information:
Run Flat Tires - Explained De-Mystified

Run Flat Tires explained - Mini Mania Inc.

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?

The players

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.

Run Flat Tires explained - Mini Mania Inc.

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.

Enter TPMS

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.

The good

  • You can drive on a flat tire — The chief benefit of a run-flat tire is the ability to drive 100 or so miles after all air has gone. Drivers usually have to reduce speed to about 50 mph to get that range. The owner's manual will have exact figures for each tire/vehicle application.
  • Better stability after a blowout — Because the tire can support the vehicle without air, a sudden deflation results in less weight transfer and tread destabilization. Steering and handling remain near normal.
  • Lower vehicle weight — With the spare eliminated, and sometimes the jack and tools as well, vehicle weight should theoretically go down. It's not as much as expected, because run-flat tires weigh more, owing to those reinforcements. In fact, a Honda Odyssey with PAX actually gains weight.
  • Repairability — SST run-flat repair guidelines are nearly similar to those for standard tires. Michelin's PAX has more stringent repair procedures, including a warning that repairs can only be carried out at a "Michelin PAX System authorized servicing dealer." In either case, if the zero-pressure driving distance or speed is exceeded, the tire might need outright replacement. Furthermore, tire sealant-in-a-can leak repair products shouldn't be used, because they can foul many types of TPMS air-pressure sensors.

The bad

  • No spare — Run-flat-equipped vehicles carry no spare, and sometimes the jack and tools are omitted as well. In fact, eliminating the spare and reallocating that space to some other purpose (styling, third-row seat, interior room, etc.) is a big reason why run-flats are offered.
  • Harder ride — The stiff sidewalls that make a run-flat work also result in a harder ride. PAX sidewalls are not as stiff as SST sidewalls, lessening the effect somewhat. Yes, the suspension tuning can be adjusted to compensate, but the loss of tire compliance is never fully recovered.
  • Tread wear — While this is still a point of contention, and possible litigation, reports that their run-flats have a shorter lifespan than standard tires have been made by consumers. As you might expect, tire company representatives are mum on the subject. Past experience tells me that the temptation to put a soft tread compound on a tire to counter a hard ride is strong. The downside with this approach is that softer compounds tend to wear more quickly.
  • Blowouts are still possible — If a driver fails to heed or notice the run-flat warning and drives beyond the zero-pressure range or above the speed limitation, tire disintegration can still ultimately occur, with the same destabilizing effects.
  • Heavier tire weight — Run-flat reinforcements add weight. And it's all unsprung weight, the bad cholesterol of vehicle mass that degrades ride and handling. In SSTs, this may amount to a few pounds per tire. However, I measured a single 2006 Honda Odyssey PAX assembly at 75 pounds, compared to 50 pounds for a standard Odyssey EX wheel and tire. That's a huge 25 pounds per corner, 100 pounds per car of added unsprung weight.
  • Cost — Run-flats cost more money to replace. Compared to standard tires, expect to pay double or more. At the time of this writing, Internet prices for Toyota Sienna OEM run-flats were $152-$176 each, while the equivalent standard tire cost $71. Honda Odyssey PAX tires, not available online, were $200 each or more, while the standard ones cost $81.
  • Lack of choice — PAX tires are made only by Michelin, so no price competition exists. Sure, Michelin has gifted the manufacturing rights to other tire makers, but as this is written, none have decided to make them. PAX wheels are an oddball metric diameter, so nothing else will fit. And the metric rim with its unique bead requires special tire-mounting equipment, so many tire stores cannot mount or even repair a PAX tire. The SST situation is better, as they fit on standard wheels and are made, in some sizes, by more than one manufacturer. Still, run-flat users don't enjoy the shopper's carte blanche that ordinary tires allow.
  • Less on-shelf availability — Because run-flats are presently a low-volume class of tire, drivers shouldn't expect to roll into just any tire store and buy one. That's OK when replacing worn tires, when time isn't critical. But if a family is traveling and needs a new run-flat en route, they'll probably have to make a detour to find a suitable tire dealer. An overnight stay is not out of the question while waiting for a tire to be shipped in. Early adopters are advised to read their owner's manual and tire warranty carefully for details.

The irony

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.



[cite: edmunds]

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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.
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