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Old 06-21-2002, 04:43 PM   #1
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Too out my spare. Good Move or Bad Move?

So i decided to take out my spare today. turns out, i saved 30 lbs. Figure that my Vert is rather heavy compared to the Coupes, a little weight saved here and there can do wonders. So what do you guys think? Good move or bad move?
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Old 06-21-2002, 04:48 PM   #2
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good move until you have a flat then it will be a very bad move.
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Old 06-21-2002, 04:49 PM   #3
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keep in mind the spare tire also placed there to absorb the impact on a rear end collison.
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:04 PM   #4
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dame u guys gonna make me second guess my move. does it really?
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:05 PM   #5
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yes..and the 50/50 weight distribution is also with a spare...
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:15 PM   #6
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i understand the concept of 50/50 weight distribution. But with my vert, the rear is obviously heavier. so by revoming the spare (30lbs) i should be closer to 50/50 not away from it.
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:16 PM   #7
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Good move....make you feel faster now

Just don't forget to put it back for long driving...
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:29 PM   #8
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Re: Too out my spare. Good Move or Bad Move?

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So i decided to take out my spare today. turns out, i saved 30 lbs. Figure that my Vert is rather heavy compared to the Coupes, a little weight saved here and there can do wonders. So what do you guys think? Good move or bad move?
30lbs? Try 45lbs. My type 44 sport pack rim and tire weighed 47 pounds.
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:30 PM   #9
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the spare????
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:45 PM   #10
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the .02 seconds your gonna save on a 0-60 run is not worth being stranded for hours waiting for roadside assistance to arrive

take it out for track and autoX but it really makes no sense to remove for daily driving
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Old 06-21-2002, 06:07 PM   #11
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LEAVE IT IN!!!!!!!!!!

Take a look at my sig to see what a spare can do for you. The body shop guy said that good thing I had the spare tire in b/c it lessened the force of the collison. It took some of the blow from bieng rear ended.

Are tenths of a second that important??
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Old 06-21-2002, 06:11 PM   #12
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LEAVE IT IN!!!!!!!!!!

Take a look at my sig to see what a spare can do for you. The body shop guy said that good thing I had the spare tire in b/c it lessened the force of the collison. It took some of the blow from bieng rear ended.

Are tenths of a second that important??
yep... I agree with first323 and with jAb...


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Old 06-21-2002, 06:12 PM   #13
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... i'm not in it to save .02 seconds off my 0-60 time. I was doin it to make the car more leveled. But after seein the accident thing.,..... guess i'm putting it back. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-21-2002, 06:25 PM   #14
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read the article in the current Automobile magazine...

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i understand the concept of 50/50 weight distribution. But with my vert, the rear is obviously heavier. so by revoming the spare (30lbs) i should be closer to 50/50 not away from it.
they say 50/50 is not all its cracked up to be. More weight in the rear in rear or AWD cars is better becasue it sticks the wheels to the gournd. Check it out.

pg. 58. "A popular motoring myth is that 50/50 distribution os the ultimate"

The Porsche 911 turbo has 38/62 weight distribtuion...

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Old 06-21-2002, 07:36 PM   #15
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Have you heard of Murphy's Law? Welcome to your next flat tire.
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funny...

I got a huge bolt in my tire a few months back so I replaced it with my spare and never fixed my flat tire so I kept it out because it was useless until I had it fixed. But after I lowered my car on H&R race, I needed extra weight in the back to help push the back down so I put it back in. Anyways, I say leave it in because flats come at any time and sometimes it's just NOT the thing you need.
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I guess this post proves that there are more benefits to having the spare in than not.
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Old 06-23-2002, 03:40 AM   #19
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i took off the spare for the past 4 months and have'nt had a flat since.
If you have not had a flat or a accident since the past 2 years or so then no problem take out your spare tire.
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i took off the spare for the past 4 months and have'nt had a flat since.
If you have not had a flat or a accident since the past 2 years or so then no problem take out your spare tire.
So you can foresee the future, eh? Wish I could.
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