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Post by 1800oldb » Tue May 21, 2019 10:43 pm

Test-fitted a 'skinny' wheel from a Volvo 480 to my 1800Ti today - no problems.
So, in future, the spare carried in the car will be a lot lighter and easier to handle. Also, there will be space to install town & country air horns - another bonus.
However, I wonder if there are any drawbacks.
I have the information pertaining the use of a 'skinny' wheel in general but is there anything specific to using this 'get you home' wheel on my Scimitar.
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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed May 22, 2019 1:12 am

The main thought that strikes me is that when you're using the space-saver spare, you are going to have to put the punctured full-size one somewhere. If your air horns have occupied some of the space under the bonnet, then it won't go there, so it will have to go in the car. I've read that it will go in the space behind the seats (assuming you've no other baggage there) but haven't tried it myself. Any other option is likely to involve the cooperation of the passenger (!) unless your weight saving means you've left them at home! :lol:



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Post by philhoward » Wed May 22, 2019 6:29 am

The use of an “Emergency Spare” - or space-saver wheel - is purely to get you to safety and the nearest tyre emporium to replace the original expired one. Therefore it should be no more than a temporary inconvenience..


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Post by reliant-reviver » Wed May 22, 2019 10:18 am

I've run golf and MX-5 space savers. Remember also that the Sabre has one as standard and that the 15x7j wheels (where fitted) will not fit back in the engine bay without deflating the tyre and persuading it into a flattened shape! Hence why Reliant supplied a vinyl cover to put the full size wheel in when removed so it could be transported in the passenger compartment.


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Post by dypcdiver » Wed May 22, 2019 10:42 am

My Mk 2 Sabre has the skinny wheel and vinyl cover, because as we all know punctures only happen at night in rain and muddy conditions. :-)


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Post by reliant-reviver » Wed May 22, 2019 11:49 am

That is usually the case isn't it! I think you're quite entitled to call your break down service out for any puncture and in many situations I certainly would.

The brother got caught out years back driving one of my Scimitars when it got a flat. No spare wheel as the space was occupied by an intercooler and the voice on the end of the line said that the computer listed the vehicle as having a spare wheel as standard. There would therefore be a not insignificant charge for attending the break down due to the omission!

That said things have moved on as so many cars now do not have a spare wheel as standard and I know for one that the AA patrols carry a universal spare wheel with interchangeable centres that I believe was developed by Weller Wheels.


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Post by 1800oldb » Wed May 22, 2019 10:04 pm

Thank you for the advice and information.
I, probably, am going to regret writing this but I can't remember when last I had a puncture in any of my wheels - push-bikes, motor-bikes or cars.
So, hopefully, the spare wheel will continue to be just insurance.
Luggage, normally, will be carried on a boot-rack or in the boot itself - the pax seat is for pies, puddings, sweets and drinks (give up smoking and replace one addiction with another).
On long trips the normal wheel assembly will be carried so 'tyre emporium' will only be applicable at other times and can be my garage where the normal-sized wheel assembly will be kept.
So, thank you all once again. Now, what's this about a vinyl bag for the spare wheel?



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Post by scimmy ben » Thu May 23, 2019 7:02 am

1800oldb wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 10:04 pm

Now, what's this about a vinyl bag for the spare wheel?
Similar, if not same question here. And I have 2 Sabres :)



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Post by scimmy ben » Thu May 23, 2019 7:03 am

reliant-reviver wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 11:49 am
That said things have moved on as so many cars now do not have a spare wheel as standard and I know for one that the AA patrols carry a universal spare wheel with interchangeable centres that I believe was developed by Weller Wheels.
Did not know this.. so much interest (or lack of interest of work) that I googled it...
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Post by scimjim » Thu May 23, 2019 7:13 am

scimmy ben wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 7:02 am
1800oldb wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 10:04 pm

Now, what's this about a vinyl bag for the spare wheel?
Similar, if not same question here. And I have 2 Sabres :)
Page 24 of the mk2 manual


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Post by scimmy ben » Thu May 23, 2019 7:23 am

scimjim wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 7:13 am
scimmy ben wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 7:02 am
1800oldb wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 10:04 pm

Now, what's this about a vinyl bag for the spare wheel?
Similar, if not same question here. And I have 2 Sabres :)
Page 24 of the mk2 manual
Anyone have a photo? Sorry for thread hi-jack :oops:



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Post by dypcdiver » Thu May 23, 2019 10:13 am

Here you go. No idea why they are sideways! I can't find a way to get them the rotated.
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