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Old 07-26-2020, 07:31 PM
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Default Spare tire options

I don't have one at the moment but I am considering one for those long hauls in the Cobra. What are my options?
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Depends on your tire sizes front and rear, but a space saver of the same rolling diameter as the rear could still be fitted to the front, and get you to the next tire shop for repairs.
A 4 inch rim that matches your wheels and a tire like eg: 155/80/17?
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:57 AM
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I take a list of dealers and locations for overnight shipment. I also carry plugs, glue and a air pump.
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Fortunately, flat tires are not common. Kinda rare, actually. I carry a plug kit, compressor, and AAA card.

A space saver spare can be somewhat difficult. Getting the right diameter and shouldn't be too hard. But you also have to find a wheel big enough to fit over your rotors and calipers.

It takes up a lot of limited trunk space, too. First you have to find a spot for the space saver. Then, you have to find space for the flat tire.
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Many long road trips in Cobras and no flats. I carried a plug kit and two cans of fix a flat.

If I shredded a tire I had my phone.

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A plug kit is a good idea. I do carry a can of fix-a-flat as well.

Yeah, I kinda figured that trying to carry around a spare is alot more difficult on these cars. I guess the next best option is preparedness - plug kit, fix-a-flat, 12V air pump and my AAA card,
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I have a plug kit, but this reminded me I never found a good canister based air refill kit. Those foam based fix-a-flats make a horrible mess at best and can cause some real damage in unlucky situations.

Did a little research just now, and think I'll pick up one of these:
https://powertank.com/products/ptm-0125
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I have a plug kit, but this reminded me I never found a good canister based air refill kit. Those foam based fix-a-flats make a horrible mess at best and can cause some real damage in unlucky situations.

Did a little research just now, and think I'll pick up one of these:
https://powertank.com/products/ptm-0125
You can save yourself quite a bit of money if you just buy a plug kit and a 12V air pump. But of course, you'd have to have a 12V receptacle wired to the battery which is what the previous owner did on my car. I guess he wanted the convenience of charging his phone when needed.
But I paid under $30 for my pump and $15 for the plug kit. Some additonal money and time to wire the 12V source and you've saved yourself quite a bit of money
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three cans of flat fix and 42,000 miles later. I still had not used them.
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Cordless Milwaukee M12 compressor. $100. We use it for a lot of things.
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Default Options from old thread.

Oh no!!!I have a flat.
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Harbor freight Air compressor and tire patch kit. $15.
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Oh, and almost forgot. I also carry a low profile scissor jack that I kept from my Acura Integra before I junked the car. Just in case.
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Default Combined compressor and slime

New Mercedes and Porsche cars come with a small briefcase device that has the compressor and repair glue that injects thru the same hose. Slime is one brand that is readily available. Less Han $50. I used one once and it was ok.
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I have used a similar product in the belief it could stay in there, until another puncture in the same tyre required removal. I nearly couldn't use the wheel because of the corrosion it caused.

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Slime tire sealants are designed to be easy to use, safe for consumers and the environment and designed to keep your wheels moving. No more flats with Slime!
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Default Flats

Flats are common or for me they are but not when driving. Three of them in two years because of nails in tire causing slow leaks.

There are no spare tire options if you have pin drive wheels.

I do like others- carry plug tire kit and small cheap air compressor along with a bottle jack.

Fix a Flat can or Slime is a nice option to car, too.
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...But of course, you'd have to have a 12V receptacle wired to the battery which is what the previous owner did on my car.
Or you could buy this from Amazon like I did!:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Default You want to see a pissed off tire guy

Bring him a tire/wheel full of fix a flat. Iver heard that they will dismount then hand the gooey mess back to you for cleaning...of course with so many kraut cars coming with the silly repair kit some probably will clean the mess up.

Picture a quart of spilled rubber contact cement...

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(I have a spare)
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A large number of new cars come with the tire inflation kit instead of a spare.

My 2012 Mustang has one.

I just picked one up on Ebay for the next Cobra. You can get them from virtually all makes. The GM variant was the cheapest for the style I like. It is a nice compact unit with air compressor and sealant in one package.

The inflation kit and a package of tire plugs should be all that is needed for some long road trips.

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Just been through this myself. Bought a new car, and it had no spare....just the little compressor and the "goo". We do a reasonable amount of country driving (I'm in Australia, big distances between major cities) and I figured that "goo" won't be much use if I have a blowout or a damaged tyre, so went the expensive way and bought a new full-size wheel and tyre for a spare.
Couldn't buy one from the dealer, but luckily could easily get one from a local tyre/wheel retailer. Not cheap, but I now have peace of mind.

Are skinny pin-drive wheels available for our cars?

Cheers, and good luck with the "goo"
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