2012 Subaru Outback Full-Size Spare Tire

2012 Subaru Outback Full-Size Spare Tire


So I’m sitting in the cargo area of the
2012 Subaru Outback and it’s a good sized cargo area it even
has a stow-away spare tire, problem is it’s a doughnut size spare and last year
we actually had a flat tire on this car and had to use that doughnut size spare
and it doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence so today we’re going to talk about
how I’ve solved that problem and put a full-size spare inside of the well
of the cargo area. So first thing we’re going to do is take everything out so
we’re going to take out this mat, lift out this guy which will go back in we’re going to remove this foam insert this will not end up going back in got our
jack and tools which we’ll get back in and then we’re gonna remove the doughnut spare So here we have kind of side by side the
doughnut size spare and the new full-size spare which is a continental
terrain contact AT. It’s the same size as my stock tires on the car. it is side by
side taller than the doughnut spare Not sure how much you can see that in the shot
and then if you come around this side you’ll be able to see it it’s nearly
twice as wide so it’s going to give a lot more stable performance when we need a spare tire. I actually bought the tire new on a new wheel and the tire has been shaved just down to the point where it will fit inside the wheel well. You might accomplish the
same thing if you’re replacing your tires and using the best tire you have
from your old set and mounting that around a new wheel and putting that in
your spare tire well but this is slightly smaller diameter but much much
better ratio than the doughnut size spare alright we’re gonna try and drop the tire in here the goal is not to use
this as part of the rotation with my other tires it’s still just an emergency
spare but it is something that will give us a lot more confidence if we need to
use it. It’s a tight fit but there she is so we’ve got our full size spare in
there, we’ll drop our tool set back in and our jack and then just put the cargo cover back
on we’re not going to use that foam insert, It won’t fit now with that tire in
there but it fits nice and flush so we’ve got a full size spare that’s been
shaved a little, but it fits inside the cargo area and will keep the extra weight and center of gravity low. It’s not exposed on the outside of the car and there’s a lot more confidence if we need to use our spare tire! So that’s a wrap.
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