No spare, no jack, NOT ME, NO MORE!

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    No spare, no jack, NOT ME, NO MORE!

    I understand that the main use of our cars is supposed to be as a
    city car, but driving around without a spare and a jack, with only a
    fix-a-flat kit, doesn't give me a warm fuzzy. And, Roadside or no
    Roadside assistance, I don't want to be sitting on the side of the
    highway waiting for someone to show up.....around town, maybe
    not so big a deal. And I sill don't want to use the fix-a-flat kit as
    it will ruin the TPMS sensor which is a $200+ dollar item....so:

    1) I went down to Harbor Freight and bought a 1-1/2 ton scissor
    jack for $20....it and the correct lug-socket fits perfectly in that
    rear compartment, in the same box the jack came in, and it doesn't
    rattle around either.

    2) I had an extra matching mag wheel already, so I went and had
    another tire mounted and balanced on it. I then bought a nice black,
    vinyl spare tire cover for the wheel and tire, so that it looks nice
    laying in the back of my car.

    Now, if I'm gonna do any kind of road trip, I will slip that baby in
    back, and then have the assurance and piece of mind that it won't
    turn in to a bad road trip.

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    Great idea. Pics please
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    I think somebody needs to find one of those tires that is flat and small that expands when you air it up. That will fit in that area ?
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    Where is the spare in back on top of one of seats folded down
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    Quote Originally Posted by YAMAHA_R1_RIDER View Post
    Where is the spare in back on top of one of seats folded
    down
    That's where it will be on any road trips, but around town, probably left in my garage. That's why
    I bought a black vinyl spare tire cover....so it at least looks decent when it IS in my car sitting on
    the folded down seats. Either that or strapped down on my roof...(lol)
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    Actually, I think this is a good idea and have thought of doing something like this when I get my new rims one of these days. It'd go in back only for road trips.

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    Weight reduction to save gas mileage. Luckily usually with Low pros you can go quite far on a flat tire. especially with the weight of this vehicle. I have driven my xb 5+ miles on a flat in the front with out any problems... multiple times.

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    Did the exact same thing but I used one of my "spare" steel wheels that were left over from FINALLY getting they alloy ones.

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    Now I'm picturing someone mounting a Jeep-style spare tire swing-arm to the back of their iQ ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinsonbar View Post
    Weight reduction to save gas mileage. Luckily usually with Low pros you can go quite far on a flat tire. especially with the weight of this vehicle. I have driven my xb 5+ miles on a flat in the front with out any problems... multiple times.
    Power to ya.....something I would not want to do unless I couldn't avoid it, and in this case, I
    can. Light weight vehicle or not, driving on a flat tire is hard on the tire....and that's a fact. You
    were just lucky you didn't have that far to go....
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    My concern with driving on a flat isn't the tire...the tire's a writeoff if you're running on a flat, my concern would be thrashing the rims
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    Hey guys... how funny - exact same goes for me

    I mountain bike on week-ends; that could sometimes get pretty remote.
    I like mistergib cannot afford any of these problems.

    This is when I pack a Saturn space-saver on the folded seats; it is tied down with a safety belt thru-the-hub contraption which buckles onto the floor anchor receptacles through the seat gap. It is desirable to secure any heavy object inside of a car if you were to have an accident.

    Bits and pieces are carried in a yoga mat stuff bag inside of the trunk (trunk?)
    A camping-like strap and buckle secure the lid closed at all times.

    I normally leave the space-saver at home for common city driving... though it's been forgotten in the car many times in the past; not awfully obtrusive while laying flat when not needing the rears seats.
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    Waste of time, space, and weight IMO.

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    Nice job. I'm a long time AAA member and Scion has three years road side assistance. I'd rather let someone else change a tire or tow me in than take a chance on getting hit while changing a tire on the freeway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfcitylocal View Post
    Nice job. I'm a long time AAA member and Scion has three years road side assistance. I'd rather let someone else change a tire or tow me in than take a chance on getting hit while changing a tire on the freeway.
    And i have personally had the pleasure of using this service allready,a tow,to scion, a couple coffees while i waited, and i was on my way.I LIKE THIS.



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