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I Was Out Shopping With My Wife At A Second Hand Store (one of my wife's "hobbies") This Weekend. They Had A Ford Spare Saver And It Looked Like It Would Fit My Alfa Spider So I Bought It - It Didn't Fit (it was a 4 x 100 lug pattern) But I Went To A Local "pick-n-pull" The Next Day (armed with a measuring tape this time) And Purchased An Unused 4 x 108 Spare Saver (from a late model Ford Focus - it's a 125 x 80 x 15) For $4.25. They Are Pretty Much An Unwanted Item Hence The Cheap Price. I Think I'm Going To Go Back And Buy A Set Of Them So I Have The Ability To Roll A Car Around In The Shop. Of Course This Spare Saver Would Also Fit Gtv's, Berlina's, Supers, etc. (and probably 750 & 101 series cars).

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It appears it clears the brake calipers - good find.

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Old news! That must have been mentioned a decade ago on the old Yahoo group. Still, they are good and cheap over here too.

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There were other Fords with 4x108 wheels. I know a guy who runs Ford wheels on his race car - obviously not the bagels.

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One of my sons cars is a Pontiac solstice. It has no spare at all, not even a space for one. The car came from the factory with a can of goop inflater. Seems just about the lightest solution short of carry no protection.

Are there any downsides to this strategy?

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With older type tires that had a decent sized sidewall you could easily detect when a tire was deflating. It is not so easy with low profile tires. A few years ago I had a new tire deflate on the interstate and it was destroyed before I realized what was happening and brought it to a safe standstill. A can of inflater would have been useless.

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Old news! That must have been mentioned a decade ago on the old Yahoo group. Still, they are good and cheap over here too.
Old news can be good news!

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The car came from the factory with a can of goop inflater. Seems just about the lightest solution short of carry no protection.

Are there any downsides to this strategy?
It might work for a small puncture (nail) but not a major blowout. But it seems as long as you run decent tires in good condition, major tire failures are uncommon.

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This year I started winter at what would normally be my post winter weight, and then gained a little weight during the hibernation. Needless to say, the car is going to feel a little slower this Spring, so to offset this gain, I need to remove an equal amount of weight from the car. So.... can you tell me how much that spare weighs?

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can you tell me how much that spare weighs?
It will depend upon which wheel and what size & model of tire. My original steel wheel with a standard size tire weighs 36# and my Ford mini spare weighs 25#

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It will depend upon which wheel and what size & model of tire. My original steel wheel with a standard size tire weighs 36# and my Ford mini spare weighs 25#
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I have one of those wheels as my spare, with what my memory tells me is likely the original tire (size). 11 lbs!!!

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That's a lot of cookies (or beer).

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There were other Fords with 4x108 wheels. .......
The Mustang II had the same 4 by 108 bolt pattern, and the right offset as well. My first set of Minilites were from one.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-12-2015, 06:32 PM
I seem to recall reading that the spare is part of the crash protection (such as it is) system. Of course half the time I'm driving without any spare at all so I'm not exactly the poster boy for safety...

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