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Just to add to the body of knowledge on Gen 1 Spare tires:

With just a little cutting of the rear cargo area floor cover, a spare can be mounted upright and held in place using existing cargo mounts. I use the portable charger at home, so it’s rarely in the car, and even if it is with me, I’m not going to take the time to manage it well enough to get it into its special bay. That leaves a nice bit of space that I thought could be used to fit the spare tire. Bingo! I cut 6.5” off of the driver’s side floor cover, and the tire slides right down in, and is bungeed to the side. Use a circular saw to cut the board, and a razor blade to cut the cloth hinge part at the front. I used a bungee cord with S-hook on one end, and a bit of rope on the other. The hook goes on the round mushroom-like cargo hold, and the bungee cord stretches over, and the rope hooks into the recessed cargo hold down.

I cut as little as possible, which means I have to either remove the spare or really wrangle it around the rim, which sticks out ~1” over the floor area. You could cut out more, or use a steel wheel, which may not give you that problem. I saved the cut off piece, and it sits behind the wheel. If I take the spare out of the car for some reason, it just lays back in that spot.

I’ll add a spare tire cover, and bam!

If others like it, I think this should be added to the Spare Tire Guide. The Mounting of the spare tire to the floor didn’t work for me, since it was always in the way of carrying cargo.

Peace!

Andy
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That is really slick. It makes me wonder if there is space behind the side panel there that could have been opened up by the car's designers so that the spare would be even more out of the way in that location.

I would consider doing this, but I often carry folding bag chairs (a large version) that fit diagonally. They would be blocked by the tire in that configuration. Flat storage has worked for me with fewer problems than I expected.
 

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One safety related note is that in an accident, you want that tire secure so it can't injure passengers. I use NRS tie-down straps rated at 1,500 lbs to tie mine to the cargo rings. There is no bungee cord that will hold in a serious inpact. And don't just pass the strap over the tire, as pictured by some onwers. Pass the strap *through* the spokes somehow.

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I have to check this out. I have a steel wheel 17" from a DTS and I remember this not working. Maybe it's just so close I was scared to close the hatch on it!
Did you try it without cutting? I've seen this before (not mine), seems a lot easier:

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Did you try it without cutting? I've seen this before (not mine), seems a lot easier:

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That looks like the 16" Cadillac mini spare listed in the spare tire guide. I'm wondering if it's still possible to get a new tire for that though. I had problems recently at Discount Tire since they said they didn't carry donut tires anymore.
 

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That looks like the 16" Cadillac mini spare listed in the spare tire guide. I'm wondering if it's still possible to get a new tire for that though. I had problems recently at Discount Tire since they said they didn't carry donut tires anymore.
I just answered my own question. Apparently Discount Tire can order a tire for that 16" wheel sized as 125/70R16 for around $120.
 

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Just to add to the body of knowledge on Gen 1 Spare tires:

With just a little cutting of the rear cargo area floor cover, a spare can be mounted upright and held in place using existing cargo mounts. I use the portable charger at home, so it’s rarely in the car, and even if it is with me, I’m not going to take the time to manage it well enough to get it into its special bay. That leaves a nice bit of space that I thought could be used to fit the spare tire. Bingo! I cut 6.5” off of the driver’s side floor cover, and the tire slides right down in, and is bungeed to the side. Use a circular saw to cut the board, and a razor blade to cut the cloth hinge part at the front. I used a bungee cord with S-hook on one end, and a bit of rope on the other. The hook goes on the round mushroom-like cargo hold, and the bungee cord stretches over, and the rope hooks into the recessed cargo hold down.

I cut as little as possible, which means I have to either remove the spare or really wrangle it around the rim, which sticks out ~1” over the floor area. You could cut out more, or use a steel wheel, which may not give you that problem. I saved the cut off piece, and it sits behind the wheel. If I take the spare out of the car for some reason, it just lays back in that spot.

I’ll add a spare tire cover, and bam!

If others like it, I think this should be added to the Spare Tire Guide. The Mounting of the spare tire to the floor didn’t work for me, since it was always in the way of carrying cargo.

Peace!

Andy
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what are the specs for the spare tire?
 

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