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Reading an article on the SS, I found out instead of a 19-inch chrome wheel in the trunk to match the rest of the wheels on the SS, we will be getting an alloy wheel in flat black as our spare.

Within all my years of driving I never had to use the spare tire in the trunk, at most I used a tire repair kit, which is all I think we need.

With tire repair kits being so cheap and road side assistance being so affordable, having a spare tire just seems like a waste of space and an necessary weight adder.

What would you rather rely on, a full size spare or the full size spare replaced by a tire repair kit & roadside assistance?
 

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Reading an article on the SS, I found out instead of a 19-inch chrome wheel in the trunk to match the rest of the wheels on the SS, we will be getting an alloy wheel in flat black as our spare.

Within all my years of driving I never had to use the spare tire in the trunk, at most I used a tire repair kit, which is all I think we need.

With tire repair kits being so cheap and road side assistance being so affordable, having a spare tire just seems like a waste of space and an necessary weight adder.

What would you rather rely on, a full size spare or the full size spare replaced by a tire repair kit & roadside assistance?
I think I would prefer the full size spare due to the fact that if you get a flat at 70 MPH your tire is going to be ruined and no repair kit is going to fix it. Also I would hate to have this happen out in the middle of no where and have that roadside assistance not be too readily available. At least with the spare you can replace it and be on your way. My G8 came with a can of flat fix and a pump and I just didnt feel too secure so I found a 19" wheel and tire to use as a spare just for peace of mind.
 

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If i lived out of the city and out of the suburbs and in country like roads then I would keep the full size spare but since i live in the suburbs and frequent the suburbs and city a lot, a spare would be useless to me.

tire patch kit and AAA
 

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Reading an article on the SS, I found out instead of a 19-inch chrome wheel in the trunk to match the rest of the wheels on the SS, we will be getting an alloy wheel in flat black as our spare.

Within all my years of driving I never had to use the spare tire in the trunk, at most I used a tire repair kit, which is all I think we need.

With tire repair kits being so cheap and road side assistance being so affordable, having a spare tire just seems like a waste of space and an necessary weight adder.

What would you rather rely on, a full size spare or the full size spare replaced by a tire repair kit & roadside assistance?
When I bought by G8GT, the first thing I did was buy a spare tire and wheel. Even if I call AAA to change the tire, I want to be able to drive off afterwards. Odds are these summer-only tires will be destroyed, especially if you're driving at speed when the tire fails, not inflatable with a can. I haven't had too many blowouts in the last few years, but once is more than enough. Besides, with the G8, it stored below the truck deck, and I'm assuming the SS will too.

Compared to what I'm going to be paying for the car, spending a bit more for a spare is negligible, as will be the drop in fuel mileage with the extra weight.
 

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To answer the OP's questions, yes.

I bought an extra wheel/tire combo when I had to replace one of the G8 wheels just so that I could have a real spare. Check out the G8 forums and see the demand for the "spare tire kit".
 

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To answer the OP's questions, yes.

I bought an extra wheel/tire combo when I had to replace one of the G8 wheels just so that I could have a real spare. Check out the G8 forums and see the demand for the "spare tire kit".
Thanks for your feedback, I'll take a look on the G8 forum for that thread. From my experience I just never had the need for a spare, but I have used a tire patch kit once while on the road and it worked awesome.
 

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Are high performance run flat tires a viable choice? Seems to me you could then drive (at lower speed) to repair facility, and have no need for a spare.
 

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Are high performance run flat tires a viable choice? Seems to me you could then drive (at lower speed) to repair facility, and have no need for a spare.
their are two types of run flat tire i know of, an extra hard sidewall tire or an internal ring inside the tire, whichever way you go it is more money per tire.
 
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