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So this afternoon I swapped my wheels over to the winter set. Seemed a bit daft thinking winter kneeling on the drive in the sunshine, 13 degrees and sweat on my back with the sun. Just decided not to leave it any longer in case the weather changes suddenly and we’ve had a few chilly nights already after all.

 

I think I might need to get a new trolley jack as I had to drive up onto a plank of wood to get the thing under the jacking points with the rubber puck in place. Didn’t have this trouble before though it was tight so I guess the car is settling just a little on its springs.

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I used to use the Halfords short wheelbase trolley jack which came in a set with some axle stands etc. It worked okay with Mazda 6 many years ago and the F10 non msport. After having the G31 in msport, I have to get the low profile trolley jack so that it can fit under the jacking point. Also, it may sound a bit overkill but I also got an impact wrench after I decide to have two sets of wheels, although the imact wrench now can do more than just changing the wheels.

 

I've put the winter wheels on the car in late September. Not because of the weather though, it's mainly due to my wife starts driving the G31 after I sold the F10. She is capable of buckling the 17inch wheels with non-RFT tyres on the F10. Therefore, I have no doubt that the 19inch wheels on the G31 will be destroyed in no time under her hand.

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10 hours ago, Black said:

Sounds strange. Issue with the self leveling?


No I don’t think so, mainly at the front end. It was always a tight squeeze and needed coaxing but this time it was just too tight to get the jack under. As I said it’s probably just the front springs sinking a few mm., no big deal, I just lay a 1” plank of wood across the drive and put the front wheels up onto it. The back is a bit tight too but doable and if I get stuck I can just do the same thing there.

 

Maybe I just need new tyres with a bit more meat on them? :lol:

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Picked up a set of 19" winters last week and put them on. Couldn't get the jack under the driver's side. Just luck of the draw how the car was parked on the hard standing outside my garage. Definitely lower than my f11 mSport!

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On 13/11/2021 at 17:04, Boba said:

So this afternoon I swapped my wheels over to the winter set. Seemed a bit daft thinking winter kneeling on the drive in the sunshine, 13 degrees and sweat on my back with the sun. Just decided not to leave it any longer in case the weather changes suddenly and we’ve had a few chilly nights already after all.

 

I think I might need to get a new trolley jack as I had to drive up onto a plank of wood to get the thing under the jacking points with the rubber puck in place. Didn’t have this trouble before though it was tight so I guess the car is settling just a little on its springs.

I used to do that but ended up creased up and aching for days after. I get mine done by local tyre company for £5 a corner; bargain! 

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20 hours ago, sjb993 said:

I used to have an old classic car that I couldn't get my trolley jacks under so bought these to lift the car a bit. Cheaper than getting another jack. 

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I've got these too; had them for my E39 touring and they were superb. No need for them on my F01; the trolley jack gets under the pads just, but I think I'd still need them to get to the front subframe jacking point though...

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1 hour ago, FIBAMAN said:

I used to do that but ended up creased up and aching for days after. I get mine done by local tyre company for £5 a corner; bargain! 

Me too! Which is why I was getting BMW to do them for me (and store the "off car" wheels/tyres). Now BMW have stopped storing wheels/tyres I'm trying to find somewhere else to do this for me but cannot trust the local tyre fitting specialists. Funnily enough, I doubt the dealer who does the wife's A3 would be interested! :mrgreen:

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22 minutes ago, Mr H said:

Me too! Which is why I was getting BMW to do them for me (and store the "off car" wheels/tyres). Now BMW have stopped storing wheels/tyres I'm trying to find somewhere else to do this for me but cannot trust the local tyre fitting specialists. Funnily enough, I doubt the dealer who does the wife's A3 would be interested! :mrgreen:

I bought a proper wheel stacker at Aldi or Lidl years ago; it sits out of the way in a corner of the garden and I just cover it with a wheelie bin liner and tape it up, and it does the job very well.

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1 hour ago, FIBAMAN said:

I used to do that but ended up creased up and aching for days after. I get mine done by local tyre company for £5 a corner; bargain! 


I get the tyre companies to change tyres as I can’t do it myself but I prefer to remove/refit wheels myself to avoid gorillas with windy guns and knackered security bolts. It’s only an hour or hour and a half.

 

11 minutes ago, FIBAMAN said:

I bought a proper wheel stacker at Aldi or Lidl years ago; it sits out of the way in a corner of the garden and I just cover it with a wheelie bin liner and tape it up, and it does the job very well.

 

Mine just sit in the corner of the garage half the year.

 

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17 hours ago, Boba said:

I prefer to remove/refit wheels myself to avoid gorillas with windy guns and knackered security bolts.

Security bolts are safer to be removed and tightent manually. Other bolts are safe with impact wrench when remove. However, I always found the garage use the impact wrench to over tightent the bolts when refit the wheels. I set my impact wrench to auto cut off two or three seconds after the impact. Then, torque up using torque wrench (usually, a quarter turn is enough to reach 130Nm). Have to say my impact wrench is too weak compared to those "gorillas with windy guns"

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11 minutes ago, q96169we said:

Then, torque up using torque wrench (usually, a quarter turn is enough to reach 130Nm). Have to say my impact wrench is too weak compared to those "gorillas with windy guns"

 

140Nm is the BMW recommended torque for wheel bolts.

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57 minutes ago, Matthew Ashton said:

 

 

140Nm is the BMW recommended torque for wheel bolts.

Okay, Re-torqued to 140Nm although the bolts hadn't turned (at least not a lot) under new torque setting. Maybe I've torqued to 140Nm when swapped the wheels and my memory is bad. Anyway, thanks.

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23 hours ago, FIBAMAN said:

I bought a proper wheel stacker at Aldi or Lidl years ago;

I've got a shed to keep them in and have already got two stackers for the kids car wheels; I still do theirs as 15" and 16" wheels I can cope with (and they have to help as well - learning life skills I call it)! I did have a stacker for the wheels off my SQ5 but it was not up to storing those 20" bad boys (it collapsed) :mrgreen: Also I find that when torquing above 120Nm (as I had to with th SQ5) does lead to stripped security bolts no matter how careful I am hence another reason for getting someone else to change the wheels on the G31. 

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9 minutes ago, Mr H said:

I've got a shed to keep them in and have already got two stackers for the kids car wheels; I still do theirs as 15" and 16" wheels I can cope with (and they have to help as well - learning life skills I call it)! I did have a stacker for the wheels off my SQ5 but it was not up to storing those 20" bad boys (it colapsed) :mrgreen: Also I find that when torquing above 120Nm (as I had to with th SQ5) does lead to stripped security bolts no matter how careful I am hence another reason for getting someone else to change the wheels on the G31. 

 

Same; we've one of the Keter plastic sheds for all the gardening equipment, spiders & their pals and my wheels :lol: 

 

I over inflate them by a few PSI; give them a good wash, dry and wax and then store them on some offcuts of our living carpet with a deep pile; keeps them nice and dry :) 

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