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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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speedy_911
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:19:43 AM

I have a 'donut', not a full size spare in my vehicle
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:30:23 AM

A bit disconcerting that some manufacturers don't include a spare tire any more.
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Gabilondo
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:10:59 PM

And when you have a flat in the middle of nowhere?
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:51:46 AM

It's not a good idea.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 6:08:35 AM

not worth the risk
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:17:28 PM

Big measure of Luck needed! Maybe 24-7 X years.......
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kilowatt2
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:09:42 PM

Sounds stupid, but I know there are people out there that fit the bill

Points please.
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roadrunner7669
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:22:04 PM

no
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VWDeeZel
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:24:38 AM

Your average North American would be far better off removing some of the fat around their gut if they want to lighten their vehicles to save gas.
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ray44512
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:38:16 PM

While removing weight always helps mpg, your spare does not weigh enough to make much difference. I carry a full size spare.
New Camaros have a small compressor in the trunk, but no spare. In a case like this you will need to rely on roadside assistance of some sort.
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ecsojay
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:52:35 PM

nope
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pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 12:01:31 PM

Not worth it.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 9:54:45 AM

I can only say what works for Me. One might keep their spare handy, flat or not(spare) that is. I often saw more cars in distress when traveling, most had their hoods open instead of the trunk lids.

Not to say there were no flat problems but that seemed a bit strange, most were fine looking late model vehicles. As far as saving gas, the spare was never seen by me or a downed tire problem. Verbal Sixty seconds help chat, I drove on ahead my way.....
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 8:40:38 AM

no
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 7:57:03 AM

" Topic: Removing the Spare Tire to save Gas? "

.....

Seriously??

I can't imagine anyone being so strapped for cash they felt they had to resort to such stupidity in order save a few drops of gas just to get by...



[Edited by: LibertyGuardian at 1/15/2015 8:01:54 AM EST]
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 6:10:41 AM

Oh no you didn't.
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46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:56:36 PM

no
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VFS37
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:00:31 AM

No
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:28:59 AM

No, the only time it is removed is when I have a flat tire. I had a flat this morning & was glad the spare was where it belongs!!
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:09:00 AM

not worth the risk of being stranded.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:42:23 AM

Stupid idea??
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:35:42 AM

Not a good idea.
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GBMAX
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 5:22:10 PM

not worth the risk
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 4:00:20 PM

Not me. . .
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lilmx5guy
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 3:16:02 PM

Not worth the marginal savings to me.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2015 2:08:02 PM

No never...
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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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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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poetdog73
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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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redfish67
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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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luvmyburgi
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 9:23:11 PM

No
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46chief
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 3:26:36 PM

Only at the drag strip!
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