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Spare Tire - With you at all times or just on road trips?

7090 Views 27 Replies 18 Participants Last post by  Marspilgrim
For those of you who have decided to go the spare tire route (full size or compact), do you keep your spare in your Bolt at all times, only on road trips, or driving through areas with no cell coverage (i.e. National Parks)?

Based on your suggestions, I decided to go with an OEM full size spare that I bought from a used wheel shop. I cobbled together a tire changing kit by getting an old S-10 jack on eBay, a telescoping lug wrench, and a can of fix-a-flat. I now have peace of mind from my "spare tire anxiety." In the past, I had bad luck with tire punctures and because of that, I decided to keep the spare in my car at all times. However, I have a nagging feeling that the spare is taking up precious cargo space whenever I go to Costco. Usually I try to Tetris all the items in the hatch or fold down the seats if nothing will fit back there. I toyed with the idea of keeping the spare at home unless I drive out to the middle of nowhere. I should also mention that I switched to Riken Raptor ZRs so I don't really have the self-sealing line of defense of the stock Michelins. What works best for you?
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I keep in the car at all times. Learned my lesson when I hit a pothole a few weeks ago. Needed a tow and a new tire. Cost of tow: $195, new tire $100, + time wasted. Never again
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