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Old 8th May 2011, 20:23   #1
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Need to get a spare

On my way home from visiting my brother in NY I was driving on I-84 in PA and hit a nice little crater that destroyed my front passenger tire and put a nice bubble in the rear. Thank god had AAA and was luckily able to find a dealer that could actually get tires. It was a Firestone shop and got Bridgestone 760's and was nicely surpirsed by the price, but know that I am going miss the PS2's. I was also worried that I would need a new front rim and be stranded for a few days, but as luck would have it the rim was true and I am just stuck with some road rash.

This has convinced me to get a spare as blowing out a tire in the middle of nowhere with wife and 4 month old is not a fun situation.
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Old 8th May 2011, 23:35   #2
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Old 9th May 2011, 00:04   #3
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Yeah, M Mobility not too useful for this situation
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On a serious note though...thank god nobody was hurt etc!!!
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WOW, that could have been so much worse!

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Yes we got lucky. I was going roughly 75mph when the road took a bite out of my tires and the car remained easy to control and get off the road. While we were waiting for the tow a PA state trooper came up and stayed behind us and wrote up the blowout which was nice as traffic slowed down or moved over as they passed (although I am sure they were all thinking he nailed me for speeding)

That is definitely the spare that I am going to get. It seems a little pricey, but well worth it after this adventure.
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Wow, sorry to hear it neighbor. Please fill us in on how you place the spare, I might do the same although the M5 would never be my long trip car. I'm in Alexandria.
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i have a full size front wheel & aluminum jack i take w/ me when i go on trips, takes up some trunk space, but the piece of mind is worth it.
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Wow, sorry to hear it neighbor. Please fill us in on how you place the spare, I might do the same although the M5 would never be my long trip car. I'm in Alexandria.
Yeah I think I am going to have to re-evaluate this as my long trip car, which is unfortunate since I love driving it. The wife makes fun of me for listening to the engine instead of the radio. I would most likely place it in the trunk as pictured in the Bimmerzone. I believe it would limit me to weekend trips anyhow as I wouldn't be able to take full size luggage & baby items unless I got a rocket box. It also begs the question of if I get a flat and the trunk was full with other stuff I would have to have the wife drive while I sat there with a suitcase on my lap.

Regardless it will be nice to have one even for local drives as I am sure you know DC is not known for their smooth roads either.
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Just got mine. The price is at least partly explained by the custom aluminum adaptor pressed into the space-saver rim centre so it fits on the rotor hub.
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