Space Saver Spare tires
When space saver wheel/tires started coming out on production cars, I thought, "How cheap". These were mostly on economy cars as the premium cars still had full sized spares. The full sized spare was advertised as a plus. I always hated the idea of the space saver.
But now I don't feel that way. With all the application of aftermarket wheels, we won't want to spend much time on the steel spare. We'll probably head right for the tire repair shop if we get a puncture. Freeing up some weight and room in the trunk is looking like something I'd like to do.
For my GTV, I can look for a 4 lug Ford space tire, but for my Alfetta, with the 4x98 pattern, I'm looking for ideas. I've thought of getting the 4x100 rim and filing out the inside of the hole a mm or so and if the time came, I'd make sure to tighten the nuts down tight. I'm not sure that is a good idea though.
I could find a shop that could narrow the existing steel spare and put a skinny tire on it. There are shops that will widen steel wheels, so I suppose they could narrow them. Then get a 155 or 145 wide tire for it. Tires are limited. Maybe start with the Fiat rim?
I doubt many people have giving this much thought. I sometimes have odd ideas that nobody shares, so I anticipate many or most people would say, why bother? I'm looking for some constructive (and cheap) ideas. I know anything can be done for a price, but if that is too much I'd certainly abandon this idea for the Alfetta. I'm exploring it right now. Anyone?
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