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Old 07-13-2018, 11:20 PM   #1
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Advice for those with front BBK.

I never really put much thought into what would happen if I got a flat tire. Well today it happened. I pulled over, jacked up the car and removed the wheel. Just as I was about to put the donut on, I realized how will that be able to fit over my front BBK? Simple answer, it won't. I lucked out, I just happen to have a 30 mm H&R spacer. This gave me just the right amount of clearance. I don't believe a 20 mm spacer would have been enough.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:25 PM   #2
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You put spare on rear and then rotate front flat with rear tire. Time consuming but that would be proper

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Old 07-13-2018, 11:32 PM   #3
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You put spare on rear and then rotate front flat with rear tire. Time consuming but that would be proper

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Old 07-13-2018, 11:40 PM   #4
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You put spare on rear and then rotate front flat with rear tire. Time consuming but that would be proper

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Bingo. Happened to me. Not ideal, but not the biggest deal in the world either. Assuming your not a stance head that's rockin' lower offset/wider rear wheels on a FWD/AWD car, which would probably cause an issue with them fitting on the front. Since you have a big brake kit, I'm assuming you're more about performance as opposed to stance fashion even though you are tuckin' tire lol.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:15 AM   #5
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You put spare on rear and then rotate front flat with rear tire. Time consuming but that would be proper

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Agreed. It was on my drivers side on a major interstate. The valve stem broke causing it to deflate rapidly. I have newly refinished BBS RS2 18" wheels. It's supposed to have a hidden valve in one of the belts, but the previous owner filled it in and drilled a valve on the inside of the wheel. Total bonehead move on his end, but I have to deal with it now. I was able to find a service station to install a new valve as I was limping 45 miles home.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:54 AM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up. Previous cars I've owned had factory BBK's and the spare cleared the calipers no issue.

While I would've figured it out on my own, it's good to have this knowledge beforehand.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:48 AM   #7
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Spare goes on the back. I've had cars with factory BBK (MINIs) where the spare only fits on the back.
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:14 PM   #8
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The Cooper-S I had long time ago came with runflats.. not that I agree with runflats, the car came with no spare tire. But then my Golf-R has no spare either.

From experience though, most of the flats I've gotten were on the rear tires because of front tire kick up of nails and screws.
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:29 PM   #9
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Dumb question but what the hell is a BBK?

This belongs in that dumb question thread lol
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:31 PM   #10
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Dumb question but what the hell is a BBK?

This belongs in that dumb question thread lol
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:56 PM   #11
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I got a BBK but Golf-R's don't come with spare tires so I don't have a problem
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Old 08-21-2018, 05:26 PM   #12
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Big Brake Kit. Aftermarket brakes for track duty.
and here i thought, this whole time, it was the german version of big black k.....
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Old 08-21-2018, 05:34 PM   #13
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I'd put the spare on the back anyway, even if it did fit the front. Less weight on the tire, less load when accelerating or braking. Safer all around to have a less competent tire in the back than the front.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:24 PM   #14
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I keep a spacer suitable for any axle with my spare tire and correct bolts to mount it.

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Old 08-21-2018, 06:34 PM   #15
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I'd put the spare on the back anyway, even if it did fit the front. Less weight on the tire, less load when accelerating or braking. Safer all around to have a less competent tire in the back than the front.
Winner winner chicken dinner. If you have a space saver spare, it's typically standard recommendation to rotate rear wheel to front (in case of a front wheel flat) and replace rear with space saver. This keeps the handling dynamics consistent in a vehicle where majority of your power, braking, and handling comes from the same set of wheels.
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