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Old 03-24-2007, 10:59 PM
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with the 50mph max speed sticker? that's the one i have, i thought it was a 17", i'll check it tomorrow
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The wheel in the pic I posted is 20".
So a true 4.8 comes with a 20 inch temp spare?
Is the diameter the same as a 17, how does it fit?


My 4.4 has a 17 even thought it has 18 inch tires?
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:55 PM
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So a true 4.8 comes with a 20 inch temp spare?
Is the diameter the same as a 17, how does it fit?


My 4.4 has a 17 even thought it has 18 inch tires?
How many times do we have to re-iterate that it doesn't matter whether you have 17" or 18" spares as long as the overall "ROLLING" diamter is the same and it clears your brake calipers/rotors. Don't just look at the rim diameter and automatically assume it's incorrect. Look at the complete tire size. For example. All of the following OEM tire sizes have, for all practical purpose, same rolling diamter: 235/65R17, 255/55R18, 255/50R19, 285/45R19, 275/40R20, 315/35R20. So what is your complete spare tire size that you're concerned about?
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alright people, sorry for the delay. DKL and others are correct. Who cares what size the wheel is as long as it clears your front calipers. The important issue is the rolling diameter - just the same as when you go to a +1, +2, +3 etc fitment. The larger wheel diameter you go, you must go down in aspect ratio to keep the rolling diameter the same.

Here is the spare in my '06 4.8is. I'm not sure if this is what all come with, as the previous owner may have swapped it out. If someone can confirm that this is what all 4.8is's come with, I'd appreciate. One thing's for certain, it's the same rolling diameter as either the front or rear OEM size 20's that it came with

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Mitch,
That's the 17" fullsize spare that comes with the 3.0i and 4.4i. I don't think that will fit over (clear) your 4.8is' front calipers. The proper spare for the 4.8is is shown in LeMansX5's post.

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Old 03-26-2007, 08:44 AM
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That spare would be fine, not the one on my 4.8.
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alright people, sorry for the delay. DKL and others are correct. Who cares what size the wheel is as long as it clears your front calipers. The important issue is the rolling diameter - just the same as when you go to a +1, +2, +3 etc fitment. The larger wheel diameter you go, you must go down in aspect ratio to keep the rolling diameter the same.

Here is the spare in my '06 4.8is. I'm not sure if this is what all come with, as the previous owner may have swapped it out. If someone can confirm that this is what all 4.8is's come with, I'd appreciate. One thing's for certain, it's the same rolling diameter as either the front or rear OEM size 20's that it came with
The spare which comes with 4.8is is as posted in my post (#6)The previous owner swapped the wheel for sure.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:27 AM
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well that isn't good! I'll ask the dealer if that will fit over my front wheel unless you guys know for sure it will not fit? That means two things. I need them to send me the correct spare or I could put my 4.6is replica wheel with the snow tire in there instead. I DO want the correct factory supplied spare though. I knew my first instinct was right when I raised my eyebrow after looking in there.
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I wonder if a 255/55R-18 Style 99 will fit in there? That is the "official" wheel and tire combo used for winter/all season tires on the 4.6is/4.8is. They are ugly as hell but did the job.

I still have a set of them in storage from my now departed E53. Mine had all season Pirelli Scorpians. Those tires have a load rating of 109 or up to 2271lbs and H speed rating.

EDIT: Here is an example of what they look like.
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well that isn't good! I'll ask the dealer if that will fit over my front wheel unless you guys know for sure it will not fit? That means two things. I need them to send me the correct spare or I could put my 4.6is replica wheel with the snow tire in there instead. I DO want the correct factory supplied spare though. I knew my first instinct was right when I raised my eyebrow after looking in there.
Mitch P, if you are going to swap the rubbers off your current 20s, check out my Michelin Latitude Tour HP review in the E53 forum. They are one of the first all-season W-rated tires on the market. Not a substitute for dedicated winter tires but good for urban driving during the winter.
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