Spare tire that fits!

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by peekay, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. neal adkins

    neal adkins Active Member

    My scissor jack is rated at 1.5 tons. So the jack will handle one side of the car provided there is a suitable place to fit the jack. It would require a very stable surface under the jack and lots of precaution.
     
  2. bpratt

    bpratt Active Member

    Anyone know where good jacking points are front and rear.
    OK, I found them. There is a piece of angle iron welded to the frame about 10 inches behind the front tire and forward of the rear tire. It points toward the center of the vehicle and is only about 1/2 inches wide.
     
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  3. Rick Reagan

    Rick Reagan Member

    As promised, the official Honda spare donut tire kit from the Accord (with the rubber tray added $140). You can skip the tray or get it from WeatherTech or equivalent. The tray was meant to hold the tire but the tray from Honda is short, just the level flat part of the trunk, the tire is sitting up on the sloped part. Hope that helps a little. There are cheaper alternatives from eBay, etc. Be safe.. stay cool...
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  4. peekay

    peekay New Member

    Any pics of it installed?
     
  5. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Is it loose in the trunk or did the dealer find a way to prevent it from becoming a projectile in an accident?
     
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  6. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Ah, that explains the comments above about going thru the extra steps of moving the rear tire to the front in case of a flat on the front tire.

    Thanks!

     
  7. bpratt

    bpratt Active Member

    How about like this:
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    The round holes are about 1 inch in diameter and are very sharp inside. I thought it might cut the nylon strap so I ran a piece of 3/16 plastic tubing around them. I think I will try and find a rubber grommet that fits the hole. It fits very tight and will not move around at all. It also gives me plenty of trunk space.
     

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  8. bpratt

    bpratt Active Member

    I mounted the tire on the rear (plenty of clearance) and then drove the car about 1 mile. The car handled well, no message about a low tire pressure and no weird noises. I believe I will only use this spare on the rear of the car because the weight distribution is 57% front (2310 lbs) and 43% rear (1742 lbs). So if I get a flat tire on the front of the car, I will put the spare on the rear then use the rear tire to replace the flat tire on the front.
    I'm about to go on a fishing trip about 50 miles from the nearest town. I feel much more comfortable driving that far away from the nearest tow truck now that I have a spare tire.
    Thanks for this thread peekay!
     
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  9. Hi.Ho.Silver

    Hi.Ho.Silver Active Member

    80DF3C32-3AFD-4368-A8DC-9EEB421520B5.jpeg 1CCB50C7-02F3-4EED-868B-BA4DF5A0CA6C.jpeg 8C4C2F46-5D9B-4CD7-8ADF-9FAFDB73D5AE.jpeg I bought this temporary spare on eBay for $80 delivered. It was listed as for a 2008-2013 Infiniti and seems to fit well though I did not drive with it. I also got this tire cover on Amazon for $9.59. My intention is to carry it only for trips away from home and hopefully will never need it.
     
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  10. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    I just bought off eBay ($90 w/free shipping) the Infinity spare that @peekay started this thread with. Thanks so much for the research and posting! The size T145/80-17 is only a few mm (1/4") smaller in diameter than the OEM road tires and on my test drive with it installed it did not trigger the TPMS warning light. There were no handling or weird issues while driving with it installed on the rear and based on my 50 mph test, I would also be fine driving with it on the front to get home or a tire shop at that speed. The weight rating is 2149 lbs, which is ok for either the front or rear of the Clarity. A bonus is that the Infinity wheel is a light alloy and the entire wheel/tire combo weighs in at only 19 lbs. I'll "hang" it in the trunk like @bpratt did and keep a light Honda scissor jack and 19mm lug wrench in the "boot". I'll be much happier on road trips with a good spare, especially in the winter. It's light and easy to remove if I need the trunk space for a local errand.
     
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  11. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Please do post a report if you use it on the front. Earlier comments in this thread claimed that it would be a safety hazard to use it on the front. I don't have an informed opinion on the subject, but it seems wise to at least be careful if you choose to do that. If I was doing that, I'd try out the steering at all angles at very low speed, to see if the tire rubs on the inside of the wheel well, before driving out onto a public street.

    "And if you can't be good, be careful." -- Augie Ben Doggie, "Hardware Wars"
     
  12. Atul Thakkar

    Atul Thakkar Active Member

    I am wondering though , why not use exact same original tire what we currently have installed in lieu of this smaller tire recommended here ?
    Are we trying to save weight or make it lighter ? Am I missing anything? , Thanks
     
  13. Odobo

    Odobo Active Member

    If you want to use a large portion of the trunk space to store a spare tire then sure.... It's also more expensive to buy a extra full size wheel and tire than the donuts.
    And since most people here are talking about have a spare on a long trip, I would assume they need the trunk space to store something as well...
     
  14. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    The Infinity donut spare is about 4 inches thinner than the OEM road tire (about 5 1/2 inches vs about 9 1/2 inches). It is also much lighter. I didn't weigh the OEM road tire and wheel, I'd guess it might weigh close to double the Infinity donut spare. So, size and weight make it an easy choice for emergency use.
     
  15. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    Good advice, especially since it's never recommended to use temporary spare tires on any vehicle other than the one it came with. This is clearly an emergency work-around only and anyone doing this does so at their own risk and with their own testing.
     
  16. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    Does it use the same style (curved, not conical) lug nuts as Honda uses or do you have to carry Infiniti lug nuts?
     
  17. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    As I learned from the recent spare tire thread, the Infinity/Nissan wheels do take the acorn style lugnuts (not Honda) and the Infinity wheel I bought does need the 2mm hub spacer. I just received those parts today from an Amazon order and put them in the trunk's trunk with the jack and lug wrench. Which reminds me, I need to go check to make sure the lug wrench fits both the Honda and the Nissan nuts!

    And note, the link I posted in post #56 above is a Honda wheel, with a spare kit put together by someone on Ebay.
     
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  18. qtpie

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  19. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    No Clarity models come with a spare. Of the three current models, the Plug-In Hybrid has the most room in the trunk, so it would be the most likely to have a spare, but, alas, not even a convenient threaded hole to secure a spare in the trunk. Too bad this vendor is selling a heavy steel wheel instead of a lightweight aluminum wheel.
     
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