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flybigrc

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 4:36:19 PM

So anywone try removing their spare tire to lighten the load and improve their MPGs?

My 2013 Ford Focus ST came with a full size spare. I was thinking just for the daily commute. I would put it back in if I am taking a road trip somewhere.

I have AAA road service so if I got a flat I would call them up and they would tow the car home. (under 100 miles is free tow)
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 1:09:57 PM

Every time I drop in to check the topics and read this one it makes we wonder just how lamebrain can a person be to try something so stupid or how hard up they'd have to be to even give this idiocy a second thought.

But then again, most of the topics are lamebrain to begin with...
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weddy11
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 9:37:34 AM

No
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 8:29:12 AM

Seems that action is frequently for those that often forget to wipe Egg off their face, OOPS!
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 6:22:35 AM

No, I want my spare!!
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BCNU
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 1:52:06 AM

no
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 9:47:36 AM

Never
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 9:17:06 AM

no
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 8:34:35 AM

The more one drives at a constant pace say for long distances as highway travel then there will not be a noticeable savings. It's all about the repeated constant changes in speed during city/suburb type driving, such as shopping routes with heavy traffic.

The more one deals with Inertia forces, >>> acceleration/resuming speed plus >>> stop/go intervals (city stuff)driving requires this>>> an extra Engine Energy Requirement needed Repeatedly, then accounting for over a More Lengthy Time Span, say (monthly) or when refueling if one tops off their tank, checks/tracking costs, should reveal noticeable results.

No A big NO, you probably won't see saved fuel dollars jumping right into your pocket/hand but there is the problem >>> The Inertia System Laws of motion... X repetition X minutes X choice, X wind, hills, X errors, ETC. = total used-up cost $/% X WEIGHT!.... HAGD!
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 6:31:57 AM

Not gonna happen here!!
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twt
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 3:24:44 AM

The little bit of weight won't offset the mileage, enough to notice.
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 12:39:21 AM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2014 8:10:18 AM

Never.........ever............
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 8:20:10 AM

Dumb idea
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 6:36:38 AM

N-E-V-E-R!!
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 2:36:02 PM

If you have a newer car the manufacturer may have already removed the spare for you.
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luvmyburgi
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 2:31:21 PM

No
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 9:52:50 AM

No.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 7:20:39 AM

Never...............ever do this stupid thing.....
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 9:12:26 PM

no
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joeyanne
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 7:53:52 PM

No, It is a necessity(like insurance) no good till you need it. Try getting rid of all the junk in the trunk.
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ace12012
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 4:33:42 PM

no.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 12:15:37 AM

no
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 10:45:10 PM

No
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chipperd1
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 8:27:24 PM

No way makes no sense
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gbfriedemann
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 2:05:07 PM

If I took out the spare, that just leaves more room to carry beer.

If you really want to save, remove the engine. The gas tank will stay full for years.
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ballotmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 11:57:04 AM

Remove brain to save weight?
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sh1361
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 8:29:32 PM

Why stop at the spare tire? There's carpet and unused seats to consider.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 6:27:04 AM

N-E-V-E-R
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:46:09 AM

I did when my stop-and-go commute was closer to home...

How about fill our tires with helium instead...
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 10:55:37 PM

Long duration highway trips where hardly any stop/go use is the case, then no or very little savings will be noticed. Hardly worth the risk of a flat.

Keeping all tires proper inflated is a much better way to save fuel at any speed for any duration doing short/long travels in any traffic conditions.

Local heavy stop/go conditions, yes, then a savings over a longer time period one concerned, can notice a fuel savings, risk of being stranded is reduced for local trips. WFMe!
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 8:54:09 AM

no
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 7:21:58 AM

No
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 8:08:37 AM

Dumb idea
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contiki
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 7:21:46 AM

"The traditional spare tire has been replaced with a can of fix a flat in these vehicles."

Not in all new cars....................

My wife just bought a brand new 2014 Honda Civic LX that has a spare and jack in the trunk.............
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cv
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 6:19:01 AM

I would not do that for the meager savings I would get.
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 6:19:16 PM

"The traditional spare tire has been replaced with a can of fix a flat in these vehicles."

Good luck on fixing a wall slit or a large puncture with that stuff. Fix-a-flat is a joke.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 3:25:01 PM

never
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 8:53:24 AM

dumb idea
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twt
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 5:20:18 AM

I agree, with Vin63.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 2:44:16 AM

Years ago I've found that "Any kind of Weight" removed does benefit mileage. I once removed a complete truck bed, and still drove that truck for a month bedless. The vehicle actually felt like the engine had gained nearly 75 extra horsepower! Peppy! Real peppy!

The main problem was the truck became too light in the rear section, causing spin-outs and skids on wet/dry pavement with that much weight removed, also the front to rear balance was a stability handling problem.

Human "Spare Tires" weight counts into the make-up of the total drivable cost factor weight. Removing my truck bed also caused Me to lose sleep.....
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 8:02:35 PM

I did when my work was close to home. These days, I'm 30miles from home, so the spare goes back in.
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Vin63
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:51:48 AM

How about the driver losing the spare tire or beer belly (body fat weight)?

[Edited by: Vin63 at 8/29/2014 9:52:41 AM EST]
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:40:22 AM

There are some drivers that realize that removing any type of weight from a vehicle then will naturally reduce cost of energy used to propel that vehicle.

The tricky part not always realized, and then the reduced cost is not a quick happening to be noticed. Reduced weight is in effect but often the benefit action is controlled by the Driver's environment/use of each vehicle.

Driving up/down any grades, driving in stop/go traffic, resuming back up to speed/quick acceleration, all these factors plus how many times over a given/monitored time interval, Repeats of these conditions, these all add cost when repeated, then realized.

The tricky part is the more active times that these mentioned factors become common occurances, then the vehicle weight plus/minus factor by any lbs. factor determines the savings gained or lost.

The other factor that comes into play heavily, is any low inflated tire/tires noticed or not, at any speed, also this factor only joins up with the amount of vehicle total weight in motion factor gets compounded for more loss.

The OEMs know all this, the tricky part, when they design lighter vehicles for economy operation. Drivers/owners often overlook the tricky part by sticking with their less thought habits or don't want to be bothered by the savings concentration thoughts it seems.... or puzzled by how the weight factors combine with the others involved with motion..... HAGDay!
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 5:59:10 AM

Bad Idea
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 12:38:43 AM

no
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RealtorJeff
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 7:47:35 PM

don't have a spare with the new run flat tires.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 5:32:46 PM

no
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 5:07:03 PM

Dumb idea
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Maintroll
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 9:37:18 AM

You are wrong, leave the spare tire in tact.
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

No way
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