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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
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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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
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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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
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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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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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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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.
....and what if it happens when you are 100 miles from anywhere?? you will
be spending a longer time beside the road waiting before you get to the couple
cups of coffee and back on your way. Unless you never plan on going out of
the city? But, to each his own....
 

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My car will never be more than 20 minutes from home. Road side service is all I need. In my 32 years of driving on many cars I might have had 2 flats. So few and long ago I can't truly remember them.
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Thats what I said earlier, if you are not gonna do any road trips of any size, then
I wouldn't concern myself with it either..... But, if you are, then all it takes is ONE
time to make you wish you had a jack and a spare.....(Murphys law....)

It's the same with me too, my spare will stay in my garage if all I'm doing are short,
local jaunts (plus there wouldn't be enough room for both the spare tire and my
golf cart and clubs)....
 

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....and what if it happens when you are 100 miles from anywhere?? you will
be spending a longer time beside the road waiting before you get to the couple
cups of coffee and back on your way. Unless you never plan on going out of
the city? But, to each his own....
im very patient and allways have physics and evolution literature in my car,i will read,maybe look on this forum with nmy phone,and if it happens to or from work,i got a great government job that will pay me for any of that time.
 
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