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Old 08-24-2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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Spare Tire vs Air Compressor and Kit

I currently have a spare in my 2014 Mustang but I was curious about everyone's opinion on the lack of a spare or even removing them in cars.

I'm preparing to install an Air Lift Performance Kit in my car and was thinking about putting it all inside the tire well. Getting a smaller tank or even a pancake style one and placing it, the compressor and control unit inside the well. If I do this I was going to get another line adapter and add a connection so I can tap a coil air hose up and air up my tires if needed. I would also add a plug kit.

If I install it as it comes then I can still add the line for air if needed but also have the spare. Granted removing it, then I'd save the weight of the spare and boost performance and MPGs.

This is a daily driver and I only put about 6000 or less miles a year on a vehicle... since I don't do a lot of road trips in it, I could always toss the spare in a bag and put it in the back when needed but then I'll have a spare laying around the garage most of the time.

What is everyone's thoughts on having a spare or not? Lots of cars now don't even come with one or it's an option so I understand it's feasible but do I want to sit somewhere if I have a blow out and a patch isn't an option.
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On mine I bought a plug kit. nice day toy 6k miles per year. If I go more than 75 miles from home I put one of my 2nd set in the trunk (along with jack/etc) I figure If I get a non-plugable flat I'll call one of my friends for a lift.
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That's kinda the situation I'm thinking. I drive less than 5 miles each way to work.

Just curious about the ear chewing I'll get if I get a flat while driving the wife around with me lol.


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I don't think you can fit everything in the wheel well
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This is with a smaller tank. Pancake one is closer to regular size and still should fit by the room available with this one.

And that is a dual compressor install also.

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This is with a smaller tank. Pancake one is closer to regular size and still should fit by the room available with this one.

And that is a dual compressor install also.

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Spare Tire vs Air Compressor and Kit

I got American Muscle to price match a website and got the Air Lift Performance digital kit which they sell for $3825 down to $3052.53

http://www.americanmuscle.com/airlif...-kit-0514.html

Pancake tank is another $100 roughly depending on where I get it.

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I have a 2012 without a spare and never have had a flat tire but I do worry about it; my next Mustang will have a spare as I drive on long trips. If you do not have a spare see about getting towing coverage on your insurance policy just in case you ever get stuck someplace. MY wife's care had to be towed about a month ago and it cost $282, I'm glad I had the coverage.
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I can understand that
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Performance pack Mustangs don't come with a spare. Well the 2015's anyway. Not sure about the older years. It came with a small compressor in the spare wheel well.
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Spare Tire vs Air Compressor and Kit

Yeah I figure with an extra connection and that coil air hose I won't even need an extra compressor and a patch kit is about the size of a deck of cards.


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Performance pack Mustangs don't come with a spare. Well the 2015's anyway. Not sure about the older years. It came with a small compressor in the spare wheel well.
My 2014 PP didn't come with a spare either; just the compressor & etc. I sort of want to put one of these in the empty spare tire well:

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I was astonished when I was putting my basic tool kit into my new '14 PP Mustang and found there was no spare. I make several long runs a year, including trips to NWS China Lake and Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert, so I bought a spare wheel and full size spare. I've read the full size spares don't fit in some recent Mustangs, but mine fits perfectly. Yes, I have AAA, but I don't care to wait in a desert backroad for a service truck - assuming they can find me - in 100+ heat or cold rain.
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I was astonished when I was putting my basic tool kit into my new '14 PP Mustang and found there was no spare. I make several long runs a year, including trips to NWS China Lake and Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert, so I bought a spare wheel and full size spare. I've read the full size spares don't fit in some recent Mustangs, but mine fits perfectly. Yes, I have AAA, but I don't care to wait in a desert backroad for a service truck - assuming they can find me - in 100+ heat or cold rain.
What comes in the Mustang tool kit, and where can I get one?

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There is no Mustang tool kit that I know of, Revv. I was referring to my tool kit, which is pretty basic: flares, duct tape, screwdriver set, etc. I pulled out many of the old tools as they couldn't even be used in today's cars!
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I was astonished when I was putting my basic tool kit into my new '14 PP Mustang and found there was no spare. I make several long runs a year, including trips to NWS China Lake and Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert, so I bought a spare wheel and full size spare. I've read the full size spares don't fit in some recent Mustangs, but mine fits perfectly. Yes, I have AAA, but I don't care to wait in a desert backroad for a service truck - assuming they can find me - in 100+ heat or cold rain.
I figured they did that because the spare wheels would not work with the calipers, and rotors. There's no clearance problems on the front wheels?
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It depends on what rotor/brakes you got....some v6's have smaller rotors (11"?) those will work with a 17" rim. Most times you need 18" rim or so.

Reminder to folks...the goo Ford gives you can damage the TPMS and even sensor safe Goo is hated by tire guys. Use it only in emergency hence my having a plug kit and a group of friends I do favors for that I can call for a ride.
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Yeah I read about the sensors and some fillers. Think I'd rather plug it and/or call someone then have to replace a sensor... Not that it really matters right now since I have 2015+ sensors in the wheels on my 2014 and they are incompatible. (Car syncs up to my old ones in the garage though lol)


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In my 45+ years of driving every flat I have ever had while driving has resulted in the tire bead seperating from the rim before I could come to a stop.

A compressor in the trunk and a can of goo is of no use in that situation.

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When i ordered my 2011 v6 Mustang in Feb of 2010 a spare wasn't even available as an option to order, just the standard pump with the slim crap. I ended up ordering a spare wheel, tire and jack for a 2010 GT. Cost me almost $500 because everything had to be ordered separate. Now you can factory order a spare tire Kit for something like $250
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Spare Tire vs Air Compressor and Kit

Yeah my mom bought a 2016 Elantra and got the inflator kit. Wasn't too happy when she realized there wasn't

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I figured they did that because the spare wheels would not work with the calipers, and rotors. There's no clearance problems on the front wheels?
I figure that if I need to replace a front tire I'll use a rear tire (same rim size) and put my spare in the rear. Buying a new rim from Ford would be an exorbitance.
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^^^ Warning!

using two sizes in rear puts wear on the LSD
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