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#1 OFFLINE   bujoecool

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:39 PM

Has anyone upgraded to a full size spare? I'm about to start towing a 21' travel trailer (under the 4,500 lb limit) and I don't like the idea of only having a doughnut spare. Sure, the two package came with the handy tire inflator with leak-stop built in, but that will only help if you have a small leak. If you get a blow-out you are stuck using the spare.

I'm curious if a full size will fit in the wheel well (where the doughnut is now), and also curious if anyone has suggestions on the most economical way to get a reliable full size spare.

#2 OFFLINE   mmsstar

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

A full size spare will not fit in the well.

#3 OFFLINE   Waldo

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:19 AM

It's a bummer, but a full size spare will not fit in the well. You'll have to find somewhere else to put it. Also note that the mini-spare is not to be used when towing - ever!

#4 OFFLINE   bujoecool

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:35 PM

OK - so I'm searching for a used rim to use for my full sized spare. There are a lot out there, most of which do not have the TPMS. Obviously if that is missing, the Flex can't detect a tire pressure problem. Will that just light up a warning light on my dash board, or will I get an audible alarm as well? I don't mind driving around with an extra light on the dash illuminated, but an audible alarm would drive me crazy.

Also, a lot of the rims are missing the center cap with the Ford logo. Does that serve any function other than aesthetics?

Does anyone have any words of wisdom for things I should be looking for / questions I should be asking when looking at used rims?

PS. Thanks mmstar & Waldo for your replies!!!

#5 OFFLINE   Waldo

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:12 AM

Well the mini-spare doesn't have a TPMS either, so you wouldn't have anything different. It sets an audible alarm once, when it detects the problem, then the light will stay on.

The most important factor to consider for a full-size spare is to get one that has very close to the same diameter as the other tires, unless you have FWD. The AWD system can be damaged by running tires with different diameters.

Center caps do protect the hubs and halfshafts from road debris and salt, but for the presumably short time you'll be using your "temporary full-size spare", it isn't anything to worry about.






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