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Old 04-16-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Full Size Spare Tire

I'm not 100% sure if this is in the manual or a topic discussed her before but can you fit a full size 17' tire where the spare is in the trunk/hatch of our cars?

I'm about to get to the point where I need new tires and was thinking about getting a 5th tire for the spare since I feel a bit uncomfortable with a smaller spare in the back.


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Old 04-16-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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I can't say from experience, but considering the cars have a full sized spare option I would assume it would fit.
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take a 17inch rim off your car and put in the back, see how it goes
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take a 17inch rim off your car and put in the back, see how it goes
^this.

or just break out the tape measure...
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #5
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It will fit in the hatch at least. . .I must admit that I was annoyed to find out that the "full size spare" is a 16 inch. I have the handling package with the 18's and was hoping to find that instead haha
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It will fit in the hatch at least. . .I must admit that I was annoyed to find out that the "full size spare" is a 16 inch. I have the handling package with the 18's and was hoping to find that instead haha
Full sized spare as in not a temporary duty spare tire, they never said it would match the other four, although that might be nice, it would also eat up more trunk space as well as weighing more since all that extra aluminum weighs more than rubber and compressed air. And technically speaking if you had the 16" steel wheels and the full sized spare it would be a direct match.
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You'll likely need the thicker (6" or so) foam spacer but it appears possible.

Here's a picture of the 1.75" foam spacer you may have now...




Here are pictures of the full size spare setup...





Here's the post these photos came from...
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...3&postcount=45
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...88#post4078088
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just curious, if you flip over the spare wheel and make adjustments for the attachment, do you gain any room? Like i have some tools i would like to keep in my car at all time, but there isnt much room to put it in there, so if you flip it over maybe you gain some room but putting stuff in the spare basically.
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Full sized spare as in not a temporary duty spare tire, they never said it would match the other four, although that might be nice, it would also eat up more trunk space as well as weighing more since all that extra aluminum weighs more than rubber and compressed air. And technically speaking if you had the 16" steel wheels and the full sized spare it would be a direct match.
I feel that the term is misleading then. The last two vehicles I had with full size spares were identical to the stock wheels and tires. A 16 inch wheel as a spare with 18's the rest of the way around would, in fact, be a temporary duty spare. I understand it would weigh more etc. but that's not the point.

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Tire diameters (just for reference)

SEL...
SEL 17" wheels - ContiProContact - 215/50R17 - 25.5" dia
SEL spare - Maxxis Spacesaver Spare - T125/80R16 - 23.5" dia

Ti (from another thread)...
Ti 18" wheels - 235/40 - 25.4" dia
Ti spare - 16 steelies 215/55 - 25.3" dia
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