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Old 08-20-2014, 01:42 AM   #1
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Spare Tire

Should I remove the spare tire for weight reduction or will it be pointless since I might lose a little bit of traction? Would I be better off keeping or removing it?
PS. Not really worried about having to use it in case of an emergency


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Old 08-20-2014, 02:34 AM   #2
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if your just going to call a tow truck if you get a flat anyways and don't plan to use it in any situation then sure take it out, why not. For a daily driver car weight reduction, meh.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:29 AM   #3
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Not really worth unless you have a track car. You will need that tire if you get stranded somewhere. And what if you don't get service there?... Not good


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Remove IMO. I keep a 12 volt air pump in all my cars and a highway plug kit in all my glove boxes. Way easier/faster/safer and is a permanent fix. Only thing it won't fix is a sidewall blowout but the only way you're really going to have that is if you HARD impact your tire or some ******* slashes one.

Also, many insurance companies offer a really stupid cheap roadside assistance package if you need a tow.
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Id keep the spare.
Its going to be a pain in the *** to patch a tire on the side of the road because it will undoubtedly happen when you don't have the time or the patience to do it.
That leaves option number two: Call a tow truck. This will be fun getting your car towed home because of a flat. Again, on your way to somewhere...
Option three: Call the wife and have her grab the spare tire and a jack out of the garage, load them into the "grocery getter", and then drive them out to you. Once she gets there, you get to explain to her that the reason you don't have the spare tire in the car is that you're pretty sure that the weight reduction has taken like a billionth of a second off of your quarter mile time and that you've picked up a solid 1/10th of a mile per gallon increase in your fuel economy.

Leave the spare in the trunk

And make sure that it has air in it!
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Took my spare out same time I took out the back seats. Noticed a difference in the cars pick up.


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Id keep the spare.
Its going to be a pain in the *** to patch a tire on the side of the road because it will undoubtedly happen when you don't have the time or the patience to do it.
That leaves option number two: Call a tow truck. This will be fun getting your car towed home because of a flat. Again, on your way to somewhere...
Option three: Call the wife and have her grab the spare tire and a jack out of the garage, load them into the "grocery getter", and then drive them out to you. Once she gets there, you get to explain to her that the reason you don't have the spare tire in the car is that you're pretty sure that the weight reduction has taken like a billionth of a second off of your quarter mile time and that you've picked up a solid 1/10th of a mile per gallon increase in your fuel economy.

Leave the spare in the trunk

And make sure that it has air in it!
Unless my sidewall blows out I can patch the tire faster than I would jack it up and change to the donut. Roll forward till screw/nail/whatever is exposed, rip it out, ream out the hole, plug it and then let the 12v air pump do its thing. Did it to the 98 2 years ago when a screw got into one of the 555s and same thing with my Expy when one of those tires went flat last year.

That's just me though.
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I mean what does it hurt having it in your trunk. Like stray said gains are very minimal. I feel like it would be pointless on a DD... It would be better for a weekend track car. If you have a blow out on the highway your toast.. The gains aren't worth you having a blow out and callin a tow truck or the wife.


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