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Discussion in 'Mondial' started by RichardAguinsky, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. RichardAguinsky

    RichardAguinsky Formula Junior

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    I have a 1984 Mondial cab, US version.

    It has 4 new rims and tires. But the spare is the original 31 year old metric tire which is cracking. The last two times I had to use it, I was worried it would burst on the way to the tire shop.

    I would like to buy a regular, thin wheel with same diameter as the others, use only as a spare. By being thin, I would have room in the front compartment for the car cover, tools, etc.

    There are threads talking about hub patterns, offset, etc, but no cross reference to similar vehicles. What vehicles have a similar wheel hub pattern? Volvo looks similar.

    Again, only as a spare to drive a few miles to fix a flat.
     
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  3. 123howie

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    If its night time you might be driving more than a few miles to get it fixed. Even in the daytime.
     
  4. braq

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    You need 5x108 pattern and 67mm hub diameter, as for a spare I would not worry too much about the offset, the tire is going to be thin anyway and you only plan using it to limp to the "fix a flat"
    A possibility is Volvo, the XC90 and earlier 40 series seem to have used some of the aforementioned dimensions, maybe with some machining the centerbore can be widened or have the bolt pattern drilled (in case of the earlier 40 series).

    cheers

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    #5 YELO T, Aug 13, 2015
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    Ferrari replaced the conventional spare tire on the Mondial with flat fixer in a can. Personally, I like the added cargo space and reduced weight.
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  8. Alden

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    Don't tire shops hate that stuff?

    I have seen signs in shops that say:

    Flat repair $20

    Flat repair if you used Fix a Flat $50

    Don't know why, maybe the material inside the tire makes it more difficult to repair, balance or whatever.

    Or maybe the shops hate the Fix a Flat for taking away some of their business.

    Anyone know the risk/benefits of using this product for a temporary repair?
    Alden
     
  9. hank sound

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    Spare Tire - - a tire in reserve, ready as needed.

    Imagine - a beautiful blue sky day ....... many of your weekend car buddies are accompanying you on a "drive".

    Pshhhhhh - baboomp - baboomp! What the F, was that???? Moments later, we are made aware of what that was.

    Well baby, if that noise you heard was caused by anything other than a perfectly placed nail in the tread portion of your tire, your can of "stuff" in the boot, is just that - - "STUFF".

    Stop with this "if no spare tire, it makes my car lighter". Yeah, the flat bed driver will love the fact that your car is lighter.

    My take - - if you're on the track, you don't need the can. If you're on the road, you'll wish you had the tire.

    You just can't make this stuff up, :):):)

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  10. 123howie

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    Lets not forget you will need a jack and tools to get the job done.
     
  11. YELO T

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    I guess carrying a spare tire is a generational thing. My grandfather was always concerned that his spare tire was inflated correctly and the tools were easily accessible.

    Nowadays, with cell phones, roadside assistance, tire inflator in a can and run-flat tires, there's really no need to risk your life by changing a tire on the side of a road. Ask any highway patrolman how many 'tire changers' they scrape off the road each year.

    Even if your car comes with a spare tire, I would strongly recommend subscribing to AAA.
     
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  13. FCnew

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    I think I have changed one flat tire in the past 40 yrs.

    I had a few slow leaks... but never needed any roadside intervention.


    Call me lucky, or chalk that up to improvements in tire technology. Either way I would still prefer a spare; I am the old school kind of guy.
     
  14. hank sound

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    That's the deal ......... a spare tire and a Premium AAA membership. They'll change it for you ! :)

    Cheers, Hank
     
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  16. RichardAguinsky

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    #13 RichardAguinsky, Aug 15, 2015
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    See picture below, which is why I am asking for a spare.

    I haven't driven the car for a long time. Surgery for me, then bad starter, then bad ground disconnect switch, then bad battery and now this. The first day I take it to work, it has a flat. The tow truck put air and I made it to the tire repair shop. I did not even dare using the 31 year old metric, cracked tire.

    The nail not only punctured the tire, the bent made it to the side wall; the side wall cannot be patched. The tire will be replaced under warranty, road hazard. They will also replace the other side.
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