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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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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2014 7:09:48 AM

N-O-T!!
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 10:23:19 PM

I can only speak for My economy vehicle, in stop/go traffic over a month interval I can save some fuel driving with 115 lb. or less reduced vehicle weight.

Also proper tire pressure has a lot to do with it, wind direction, driver's habits, and of coarse traffic/interferences/light timing, final is actually how many city miles driven in a months time counting idling periods and restarts also.

Winter/Summer makes a difference on the outcome along with passenger weight now/then..... The 115# is the full size spare/hardware and less 1/2 tank of fuel weight which changes to the lesser as I drive until needing refueling. A full tank>>>> 87.5# V/S 25.# minimum @ 4 gal aboard >>> 37.5.# nominal, and not counting the spare wt.

Spare mount bracket/cover weight not included as removed(wt. unknown?)HMmmm...... another venture..... Maybe?
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Foolingurself
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 3:09:48 PM

This doesn't save gas.
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twt
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 3:36:39 AM

Dumb idea. Why not remove the doors and the trunk lid too?
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 12:37:49 AM

no
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 11:19:41 AM

no
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 10:56:24 AM

no...to much work
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 8:04:50 AM

Just how hard up does one have to be to do such a dumb thing anyway?

Especially with the price of gas falling the way It is...

"A little education can go a long way"
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 11:55:08 AM

a dumb and dumber idea
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 11:37:07 AM

Not me, I have a sub woofer box, tool boxes, etc... & still get WAY better MPG's than good ole Uncle Sam predicted.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 10:21:39 AM

No way.
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RealtorJeff
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 5:41:02 PM

no
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 7:33:31 AM

Why don't you remove the spare tire, jack and all of the seats plus the windows as well.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 1:46:44 AM

no
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:33:16 PM

You guys must drive through lots of nails and glass- I so rarely have had flats that carrying the spare often does seem a waste. I went spareless for a long time and had a can of Fix-A-Flat on board. Couldn't quote a fuel savings figure but wow it sure freed up a lot of trunk space which I needed at the time.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:02:50 PM

No, I don't think I would do this either...
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 9:51:17 AM

Never
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JunGleJimBo
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 9:48:57 AM

No, I would never remove the spare to save fuel If I could get "run-flat" tires installed, I would ditch the spare, but I don't know if they exist form my little Honda CIvic.

Jim

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dalexis12
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 8:18:03 AM

The little bit of gas you save is going to be lost on the tow bill.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 6:47:02 AM

No, but I do drive naked to cut down on weight. Seriously, removing the spare tire to save gas is just plain dumb.
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pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 9:57:08 AM

Do you remove the back seats, jumper cables, sun visors, tools, cup holders, and go on a diet? All these together can save more weight than the spare tire.
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 9:47:24 AM

dumb idea
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:32:53 AM

Ridiculous . . . .
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 9:23:11 PM

No
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 3:26:36 PM

Only at the drag strip!
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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 7:36:53 AM

I would never do this stupid idea..............
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 3:47:37 AM

Even with a free tow you would have to count the inconvenience of the process
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weddy11
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2014 12:16:45 PM

No way.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2014 11:10:03 AM

How much gas does it really save? If I have a flat, I don't want to have to go home to get my spare tire; talk about a waste of time.
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ballotmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 10:27:22 PM

Remove brain to save weight?

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contiki
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 7:11:22 AM

Never..........ever do something so crazy....
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2014 10:48:52 AM

K...G... I was noticing the topic comments post was about a 2013 vehicle, plus the driver afforded AAA coverage into their budget, of course that is maybe considered an economy vehicle. The latter being He was also trying additional ways to conserve on fuel, I considered that as not trying to make his road coverage a rough time on a called repair/tow.

This may be hard to believe but I have only had one running flat tire in near very soon to be 60 years of driving. That flat was nearly 1500 ft. from home(left rear) went down in 10 seconds. The most recent flat(2nd. one)some 36 years later was the very next morning of last winter, the morning after I heard a flopping sound at the right rear of my econo vehicle 14 years old nearing 80K miles.

Actually drove it for about 2 hours after noticing the sound had stopped. Well the R R tire went flat at home that night(small sheet metal screw)I believe from a discarded yard sale sign found in the school traffic area torn up in pieces lying around.

That flat could have been a running flat (not), anyway it was my second in about 60 years, no blow-outs. Never even bothered the full size spare, but removed the flat one for the repair shop 2.4 miles away at a $14.+ dollars fix. I remounted it on vehicle.

Yes I've had other vehicles over time drop pressure as a flat from a non driven, stored, standby vehicle seldom used, that type flat. even lawn riders/wheel barrows/ utility hand trucks, ETC.

I've had AAA coverage in the past, never made a call, just used courtesy maps only. Note...... Alum... beverage cans once were worth $.04 cents each when prices were $.68 per #, that's the small size 12 oz. Would that make the large cans $.08 each on reclaiming, rather 24 oz. ones? I Hope so.....! I gave away a partial load of firewood weeks ago small loss....
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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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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 1:52:06 AM

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

Never
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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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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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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2014 2:31:21 PM

No
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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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