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 Post subject: Re: Needs a Spare
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:30 am 
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Good dissucion..:)

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 Post subject: Rear Door with Spare tire
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:31 pm 
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Edit: Wow apparently somehow I missed the sticky on this thread. Even with a forum search... anywho I will read up on it :)

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Sorry if this has been posted before... I did a forum search for "spare" and received no results.
Has Toyota ever given us a reason why they didn't include the rear door with attached spare tire?
I know we get free Toyota Care which includes towing to the nearest dealership in case of a flat... but that only lasts for 3 years. Afterwards I guess our only option is to Tow it to a tire center?

I'm curious if we can simply add the Tire Mounts to our door or better yet find a junked door from the ICE version and replace it completely.
I guess the roof is another option to place a spare but that's an awful big waste of space and you have to get a rack.

Any other ideas for spare tire placement (or alternative) once our 3 years are up?


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:01 pm 
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What about something like this?
http://www.amazon.com/Curt-Manufacturing-31006-Spare-Mount/dp/B0009YIE1O/
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Of course you'd have to first install the trailer hitch using Tony's great write-up.

There might be a problem with opening the hatch, so you could try one not angled so much:
http://www.amazon.com/Draw-Tite-6715-Spare-Tire-Carrier/dp/B001E8U714/
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Or perhaps this would give it the space it needs?
http://www.amazon.com/CURT-Manufacturing-45791-Receiver-Extender/dp/B000BROATE/
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The advantages to mounting a spare on the receiver hitch include:
- cheaper, easier than finding a wrecked Rav4 the same color to get the door with mounted spare
- easy to remove/leave off when not going on long trips to save weight and improve efficiency
- keeps dirty tire out of your vehicle, and keeps it from being a projectile in an accident


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:43 pm 
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The real problem is there is no safe way to jack the car up without a floor jack. The battery is too close to the frame to allow access to jack points.

This is in the manual and the reason there is no jack provided with the vehicle (unlike the Prius Plugin in that has no spare, but does have a jack as that can be lifted with a standard jack)

Manual specifically states to only use a lift, or a floor jack.


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:50 pm 
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You should be able to jack right underneath the lower control arms, or you could install a rear trailer hitch and use that to lift the whole rear of the Rav off the ground :)


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:29 pm 
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From the manual

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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:15 pm 
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klaus wrote:
You should be able to jack right underneath the lower control arms, or you could install a rear trailer hitch and use that to lift the whole rear of the Rav off the ground :)


Right, I know the manual says that. If the above statement doesn't make sense than I would recommend you just forget trying to change a tire yourself and leave it to the pros.


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:56 am 
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anyone thinking of installing a run flat tire instead of regular tire?


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:39 am 
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How about keeping a cheap Hydraulic bottle jack?

http://www.amazon.com/Torin-T90403-Hydraulic-Bottle-Jack/dp/B000CO9YPG/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1385879898&sr=8-8&keywords=jack


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 Post subject: Re: Spare Tire Thread; all spare tire posts here
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:40 pm 
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hendry98 wrote:
anyone thinking of installing a run flat tire instead of regular tire?


I know run flats weigh and cost a lot more than non run flat tires. Im not sure by how much though. Has anyone swapped to run flats on their Rav?

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