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Old 17 Jul 2006, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Spare wheel doesn't fit!

Just wondered if any of you guys have experienced this problem - or whether it's new to 2006 models..

Got a puncture in my rear driver-side tyre on thursday evening (pretty annoying as we were going away for the weekend on friday - so it was a rush to get it fixed)
Anyway, went to put the factory-supplied spare wheel (space saver) on in place of the flat, and to my surprise it was an EXTREMELY neat fit over the rear caliper - so neat infact that it actually chewed some of the paint off the top of the caliper while driving.

Didn't do any damage except a couple of scratches but i'll be pointing it out to subaru at my next service...
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Old 17 Jul 2006, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats ridiculous, i hope they fix ur caliper up again to top spec...blooming joke!
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Old 17 Jul 2006, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have never used the spare, hopefully wont need to if that is the case....
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Old 17 Jul 2006, 11:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have used mine on my MY05 Impreza GX, but as it is slow and has brakes the size of a digestive biscuit, there was no problem! I know there is sometimes a problem getting alloys to fit because of the big brembo callipers on the STi.
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bought a 5th alloy, boot space doesnt bother me and the rest being 18`s didnt fancy using the spacesaver, aswell as the looking a tool part with it on and driving at about 50ish mph.
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Just wondered if any of you guys have experienced this problem - or whether it's new to 2006 models..

Got a puncture in my rear driver-side tyre on thursday evening (pretty annoying as we were going away for the weekend on friday - so it was a rush to get it fixed)
Anyway, went to put the factory-supplied spare wheel (space saver) on in place of the flat, and to my surprise it was an EXTREMELY neat fit over the rear caliper - so neat infact that it actually chewed some of the paint off the top of the caliper while driving.

Didn't do any damage except a couple of scratches but i'll be pointing it out to subaru at my next service...
def get subaru to fix it and also supply spare with correct offset.
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Old 19 Jul 2006, 07:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just hope I don't ever get another puncture!
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Old 21 Oct 2006, 01:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I got a front-tyre puncture on the M1 a few days ago, and promptly wrecked my sill & trim by positioning the jack in the wrong place (there is a recess hole right behind the arch at the bottom of the front wing panel that seemed a perfect fit for the jack).

To make things worse, it turned out that my space-saver spare wheel completely jammed on the calipers and wouldn't turn at all! Had to be taken home on a flatbed truck.

My UK classic's only mod is some 17in BK Racing wheels (previous owner). There were no spacers in the car - however the tyre shop told me there was no chance of that wheel fitting no matter what.

Does it mean my brakes might be non-standard? The spare wheel looks as if it belongs - it has a solid yellow middle and fits the boot recess perfectly.
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Old 21 Oct 2006, 06:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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with most modern cars/brakes you are only able to fit the s/saver to the rear of the car..........................

so jack up rear, take off good wheel, fit s/saver...............then use the good std size wheel for the punctured one!!
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Old 22 Oct 2006, 11:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks Stockcar, a guy in a local car accessories shop told me the same thing when I went to panic-buy an emergency repair kit this weekend (for future events).

I'm a bit annoyed now that the GreenFlag guy didn't know that on the day I got my puncture. I could have got home in an hour rather than 4 hours! (But then again, neither did the people I got a new tyre from).

Sometimes it seems like all we have is each other. Aaaah.
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Old 23 Oct 2006, 09:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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spare wheel supplied with my car doesn't even fit over the calipers properly on the rear hubs(!)

Ditched it anyway in favour of a sealant spray repair kit. Saves a fair bit of weight too - that space saver was at least as heavy as my alloy wheel.
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