Vette(s): Purchased a 1986 Convert August 2013, Bright Red color with a black top, it'd already received a Tremec 5 speed upgrade along with a disc upgrade prior to purchase.
Having just had mine out a few weeks ago to check it out (hadn't even looked at it since buying the car last year), I'd have to agree with everything said so far. A full size spare will drag alot, maybe even on speed bumps if you have to deal with them.
I admit I'd like to find a new one as the one in my 86 looks to be original to the car.
Vette(s): 1985 Coupe-L98/Auto,Bright Red/Carmine.
1974 Coupe-L48/4speed, Medium Red Metallic/Black Deluxe.
A full sized tire/rim in the carrier will definitely dragon speed bumps, on dips in the road, and even on angled driveways. You have to be cognizant of it being back there....best to use the space saver when needed, and repair/replace the full size asap...
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Vette(s): 96 Vette with extensive list of mods, many one-off and custom.
When's the last time you had a flat? Puncture resistance is much better these days, flats are rare. My OEM mount is gone anyway but even in my daily, unless I'm doing a road trip, a spare is just weight to drag around. I went 300K on my old daily and in all that time picked up one nail that resulted in a slow leak. Besides you all have cell phones for the boss to bring you the tire and jack if it happens!
The space saver spare is an integral part of the rear crush protection design of the car. Eliminating the space saver spare will compromise the safety of the car! I'm sure you have noticed how close the front bumper of that big SUV/truck is to the back of your seat when they finally come to a stop behind you!!
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