Spare Tire Tightness in Well Question

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RussellK
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Spare Tire Tightness in Well Question

Post by RussellK » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:38 am

How tight is your spare tire fit in the well? I have a 165R15 and its really tight. Even when uninflated. I know the bug had front end damage but the trunk looks pretty straight.

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Post by bajaman72 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:57 pm

I have a 205/75 in the front of mine, slides in and out pretty good.
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Post by Hippie » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:57 am

Mine was pretty tight in the '69 Bus, but wiggled in all the way.
Same with the '64 Beetle I had...but in the Beetle I had to keep the air pressure down to 5-10 PSI to get the spare to squeeze in, and carried a smallish tire pump in the trunk in to fill it the rest of the way up in case I had to use the spare.
I think both cars' tire wells were designed for bias ply tires, and I was using radials. Radial are a bit rounder and fatter than the equivalent sizes of the old bias ply tires.
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Re: Spare Tire Tightness in Well Question

Post by dtrumbo » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:05 am

I have a 165R15 as the spare in my '79 Super and yes, if inflated to operate as the windshield washer pump, it's nearly impossible to get out. I think Hippie's right on with the theory on radial vs. bias ply.
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Re: Spare Tire Tightness in Well Question

Post by bajaman72 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:10 am

Sorry, mine is a baja with a (ahem) "modified" front end :geek:
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Post by RussellK » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:03 am

dtrumbo wrote:I have a 165R15 as the spare in my '79 Super and yes, if inflated to operate as the windshield washer pump, it's nearly impossible to get out. I think Hippie's right on with the theory on radial vs. bias ply.
That makes sense. I went out looking for a used 155R15 but there are none to be found. New ones online are $80 and I still don't know if one would fit any better. I think I'll just uninflate the tire and carry one of those pumps.

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Post by rallybug » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:30 pm

As I recall, from the mists of time back around 1989/90, a 155SR15 fitted fine in a '71 standard wheel well - I don't recall having to change the pressure to get it in or out. The '73 Super was easier, naturally :toothy7:

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Post by Amskeptic » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:56 pm

rallybug wrote:As I recall, from the mists of time back around 1989/90, a 155SR15 fitted fine in a '71 standard wheel well - I don't recall having to change the pressure to get it in or out. The '73 Super was easier, naturally :toothy7:
Stock VW tires sizes fit in undamaged wheel wells. My Squareback has modern slightly oversized tires and the spare takes a shove to get down in there.
Since MY pneumatic windshield washer system WORKS fine, I have to inflate the tire to 42psi . . . :cyclopsani:
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Post by Bleyseng » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:47 am

165-80-15's just fit in my Ghia with a little pushing and yes, I keep the spare at 42psi for the now working windshield washer system.
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