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      11-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Question Emergency wheel for the 1-series

I have mounted non runflat tyres on my new 116i as I believe conventional studless tyres give a better grip on snow/ice as they are softer.

The problem is precautions in the event of puncture. I have asked my dealer if BMW has an emergency wheel with necessary tools for the 1-series, but got a negative answer.

Are there any third-party vendors offering an emergency wheel for the 1-series?

I know there is not any dedicated storage room for an emergency wheel, but would like to have one in the rear storage during winter.
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      11-04-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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My 1999 323ti used to have an emergency wheel. I am pretty sure it would fit an F20/F21 as well.

Regarding tools, you could get an E46 jack, a generic 12V compressor, a torque wrench with a 17mm socket, and this kit:
http://biltema.no/no/Bil---MC/MC/Dek...tt-dekk-82573/
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      11-05-2012, 05:05 AM   #3
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I purchased one of these:

http://www.conticomfortkit.co.uk/

Its not a spare wheel, but it saves having one rattling around in the boot all the time. BMW do a similar inflation kit, but its over 100. I purchased this kit for 50 and it doubles up as tyre compressor all year around, it fits neatly under the boot floor next to the battery also. Ive not used the repair functionality in it yet, but you can buy replacement hoses/foam for after its been used. Pretty impressed with it so far and ive only used it to inflat tyres!

If i end up with tyre damage that one of these foam kits cannot even fix, i will just call the AA
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I believe you can get any BMW spare emergency wheel (i.e. from an E46 or any other model), as long as it fits in the bolt pattern. Maybe the offset will not be entirely correct, but you do not mind as you need it only as an emergency wheel.
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I dont think there is that much difference in traction/ grip between runflat or regular tyre especially with 16'' tyres. I got myself Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 winter tyres and will see how they will perform in winter. Does anyone know if runflat tyres can be repaired after beign punctured?
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I know a few people who have converted from runflat 16" winter tyres to conventional winter tyres, and they claim the difference is significant. I would guess that the difference is bigger on Nordic low speed tyres than the high speed tyres for the central European market.
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I believe the difference between runflats and conventional tyres may not be so significant for winter tyres with studs as the importance of material softness is less.

Thanks for good tips regarding puncture precautions. I plan to check out the Conticomfortkit.
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Does anyone know if runflat tyres can be repaired after beign punctured?
Off course they can, as long as:

1. The repair is of the more permanent type (do not know how it is called, in Greece we call it ''mushroom'').

2. The tyre (and especially the sidewalls) is not damaged, thus it means that you did not drive with no pressure for more than 2-3 kms.

I have reapired RFT tyres 3 times (2 tyres in the Mini and 1 in the Z4) and never had a problem (and I did somehting like 15.000 kms in a year before changing tyres).
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