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Why do our vehicles come with a spare. It even says on the SRT sheet attached to the sunshade that this vehicle is equipped with run flats and does not need a spare tire. Have you looked at the spare? It is humungous. It must weigh close to 40 lbs plus the jack and other stuff to hold it in place. Even the piece to tighten down is probably close to 5 lbs. Would love to get the exact weight of everything but do not have a scale around here, but would not be surprised if close to 60 lbs. Also removing the spare has greatly reduced the clunk when I go over a speed bump. I see no point for the spare unless I go on a road trip, but then again you need an empty trunk just to transport a wheel, so screwed either way.
 

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Why do our vehicles come with a spare. It even says on the SRT sheet attached to the sunshade that this vehicle is equipped with run flats and does not need a spare tire. Have you looked at the spare? It is humungous. It must weigh close to 40 lbs plus the jack and other stuff to hold it in place. Even the piece to tighten down is probably close to 5 lbs. Would love to get the exact weight of everything but do not have a scale around here, but would not be surprised if close to 60 lbs. Also removing the spare has greatly reduced the clunk when I go over a speed bump. I see no point for the spare unless I go on a road trip, but then again you need an empty trunk just to transport a wheel, so screwed either way.
One of the explanations given for the spare was customers indicating that they would not be comfortable towing with a run flat that had failed and was in limp mode. I have the tow package so mine definitely includes the spare, do the vehicles without the tow package also include one?
 

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I like having both run flats and a spare :)


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193 miles on the new WK2 and I gort a very large nail in left rear, you will be gald you have a spare.
 

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Having had several blowouts it is always nice to have a spare. When BMW started eliminating spares many years ago in their M Cars I learned the hard way when I had a blowout. Since then I always purchased, and kept in the trunk, a spare, jack and lug wrench for every BMW I have had.

When I picked up my truck the dealer told me it didn't have a spare either. I was not happy until I got home and picked up the cargo floor and saw the spare. I am glad he was wrong.

Limp mode on a run flat is useless when you are in the middle of nowhere and haven't a chance in hell of finding a replacement tire.
 

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I shredded a runflat on a New Brunswick pothole last summer on a Saturday evening (on my 2006 SRT8) while driving back to PA. Everything was closed and I couldn't get a used replacement until Monday. I wish I had had a spare.
 

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True that. I ordered new goodyears on my WK1 they said a couple days. Took a couple weeks to get my tires. It's not always easy to get one of these big run flat tires ASAP


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Guess I have been lucky in the past. I have had a few cars without spares and never had a problem. Suppose its not worth it to shed a few pounds. But will be a pain if you need to change the front considering you can't use it there.
 

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A few points, if I may.

#1 Is it not true that on the 012' SRT, a flat on a front tire necessitates rotating a rear to the front and then installing the spare on the rear? If indeed true, practically no one has a jackstand in their truck to be able to pull this off, even semi-safely.

#2 Bonafide "blow-outs", meaning the tire has literally disintegrated, are something I personally experienced over 40 yrs ago. Since then? Flats, hell yeah. But irreparable tire shredding, no.

Based on my experience only (been driving since 77'), as well as 4 yrs with my 06' Charger SRT which had no spare but an OEM air compressor c/w sealant snot for roadside flat repair, I'm thinking that I may want to use the spare tire space in the trunk for my construction helmet, towel paper, tools etc. I have always repaired usual flat-by-nail leaks myself with tire plugs which are easy enuf to push into place if the tire is inflated.

And if indeed it is necessary to rotate a rear to the front and install the spare on the rear, screw it. A small air comp, tire plugs and CAA (Canadian branch of AAA) will do me fine unless I'm going on a long trip somewhere. Then I'll put the spare back in it's place, along with a jackstand.
 

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Don't need a jack stand to rotate. If the front tire is flat jack and replace the rear with the spare first. Then jack and replace front with the rear tire. Granted not a perfect solution, it's an option to have.


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That's so obvious that I'm truly embarrassed. Truly :p
 
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