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How To Spare Tire Install with Storage Package

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Spare Tire Install with Storage Package

I ordered my 2017 ALL4 Clubman S without the spare tire package. I've never not had a spare in my car. I regreted not ordering it as it also included the tools and jack. For $100, it would have been worth the cost. Now I find myself putting the pieces together to have a spare in my car. After much research and discussion, I ordered the tire and wheel assembly from Detroit Tuned http://www.detroittuned.com/mini-coo...ire-f54-5-lug/. I could have ordered and assembled it separately, but in the end, it was about the same price either way.

I assumed that it would fit without a hitch under the floor in the storage area in the boot area.

As part of the options I ordered, it has what is called the "Storage Package", which included in the cargo area compartment liners, a multi-position floor, 12V power socket, and tie-down brackets. What is not apparent, until you get the spare tire, is that it will not fit under the floor easily as outfitted from the factory. Several things have to happen to get it to slip in without forcing it in....

Tire installed without cargo floor.

It should be noted, that in order for the spare to be placed in this area, the floor must be removed completely. Once the floor is removed, the spare can be placed in the storage area. However, it will not lay flat easily without some cutting/trimming of the compartment liner at the far back of the storage area. This liner piece does not conform completely to the back of the compartment, which does not allow for the tire to fit underneath the threshold area without forcing it.

Liner after trimming. This piece fits under the threshold to the boot. In this photo it is upside down from how it is actually installed. Sorry, but forgot to get pic before the cutting began.....

Removal of the liner piece is relatively simple. First, the floor bottom floor liner piece needs to be lifted out, then 4 push-in fasteners must be removed. The piece can then be unhooked from the adjacent liner pieces and lifted out. I roughly approximated the space needed for the tire to fit and cut it out. Here is it fitted back in.....

Here's a pic with the tire installed, looking to the back of the boot. The trimmed area is completely hidden by the tire:

Tire installed with cargo floor half open:

This fitting took me around 45 minutes and was not really difficult. Last picture is with the "Fitted Luggage Compartment Mat" http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=03_1494.

I also considered getting the tool tray, hold down hardware, and cover http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=71_0900, but was told that it was a waste of money. I was concerned with not having a hold down for the tire, particularly as a safety issue in the event of an accident and the tire becoming a flying missile. But after installing the tire, it's clear that it is not necessary. The tire is well wedged in place and will not move from it's position without the floor being completely removed.

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