Spare tire that fits!

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by peekay, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. peekay

    peekay New Member

    I bought a flat repair kit, one of those tire plug kits but I still felt uncomfortable on long trips with no spare tire. So I started to research to see what donut spare tires may fit.

    The various Accord models have donut spares but the problem is that they are only 15 or 16 inch wheels and the Clarity appears to have extraordinary large brake calipers and discs. By my eyeball test, it looked like it would be a really tight fit even with a 16 inch spare. The last thing I needed is a donut spare that doesn't fit, so I looked elsewhere

    I discovered that many Infinities and Nissans also share the same bolt pattern as the Clarity. More importantly, for some of the Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37 models, they come with 17 inch donut spares. One bonus is that some of them have alloy donut rims rather than the usual steel donut rims. This will save a little weight.

    Another benefit is that these donuts are fairly large. They are basically the same size as our standard tires. Normally, I would be fine with a small donut, to save on space, but given the electric motors on the Clarity, I wasn't sure if sustained differences in rotational speed will be bad for the car.

    So here is a G37 donut spare installed. I bought it on eBay for $97, plus an additional 15% off coupon that ebay periodically sends out. The seller, mullinsautoparts, was fantastic and shipped the spare immediately. It was also in new condition.

    The spare tire was listed as:
    2007 2008 2009 07 08 09 Infiniti G35 EX35 Sedan 17x4" Compact Spare Wheel 20180709_223427.jpg 20180709_223427.jpg
     

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  2. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member

    Great info. Having a spare would ease some minds on long trip. I wonder if there is a way to mount that under the car. I do notice quite a lot of clearance under the trunk.
     
  3. Gearhead

    Gearhead Member

    Great find, thanks for sharing. What do you plan to use for a jack?
     
  4. Nemesis

    Nemesis Member

    Good stuff. Thanks for your tenacity in finding this option for those wanting a spare.
     
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  5. peekay

    peekay New Member

    I took the scissor jack from my old Prius . There are several areas under the Clarity that can serve as jack points . I just keep the jack in that recessed compartment in the trunk.
     
  6. peekay

    peekay New Member

    There's space under the trunk? You mean under the car, but below the trunk area? If so, I actually have an old spare tire holder winch that maybe I can use to hoist up the spare there.
     
  7. Hobbesgsr

    Hobbesgsr Active Member

    Great sleuthing!! Kudos peekay!

    The wheel looks nice too. lol

    I'm curious how much it weighs...
     
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  8. peekay

    peekay New Member

    If you're really interested, I can weigh it. But I didn't have a baseline steel donut to weigh against so that's why I didn't do it. But it does feel a noticeably lighter than the normal steel wheel. Just as importantly, the rim spokes offer a nice handle to hold the rim without having to touch the dirty tire.
     
  9. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    I'd venture to say there is no car on the market with less unused space than inside the volume of the Clarity PHEV (eg. look under the seats). I believe the Clarity engineers crammed everything they needed into the car and then said, "Wait, we need to fit a gas tank in here, too." Hence the 7-gallon gas tank.

    If you're talking about mounting the tire below the Clarity's underbody panels, you'll have to worry about ground clearance and taking a big aerodynamic hit.
     
  10. Rick Reagan

    Rick Reagan Member

    The local parts guy looked up and we mounted and tested an accord spare 17" donut kit. I'll post the Honda part numbers and pictures soon.
    Rick in Austin
     
  11. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member


    I was thinking under the trunk like how most suv have their spare tires.
     
  12. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking "Continental spare" (ugh) might be your only option outside the trunk, but it might block your view through the trunk-lid window (along with taking an aero hit).

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  13. vicw

    vicw Active Member Subscriber

    I like your idea of a donut spare, but is there an advantage of the flat repair kit over the pump/kit that comes with the Clarity? I'm not challenging the idea, I just really don't know the answer. I just bought an extra pump since I'm apprehensive about using the Clarity one for just pumping air, rather than adding the sealant.
     
  14. peekay

    peekay New Member

    In my experience (offroading, mountain biking, and atvs), tire sealant, which is what the stock kit is, can only seal small punctures, e.g., cactus spikes, staples, thin gauge nails, etc. By contrast, a plug kit (the kind with a needle insertion tool and self vulcanizing tire plugs) can handle much larger punctures, say a 3/8" bolt.

    It's all about how much risk you're willing to take on. For me, a small plug kit is worth the costs/benefits.

    I haven't tried the Clarity pump yet, but a backup pump seems like a good idea.
     
  15. peekay

    peekay New Member

    Also, I think sealant may damage the tire pressure monitors. It definitely does on other cars, eg., Toyotas, but not sure on the Clarity.
     
  16. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    The Clarity doesn't have internal tire pressure monitors.
     
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  17. Rick Reagan

    Rick Reagan Member

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    pictures from the dealer as promised
     
  18. vicw

    vicw Active Member Subscriber

    Well I'll be.... Didn't know that was possible. That will be one fewer expensive repair events - presumably no battery involved, and easier recalibration after tire rotation or replacement . I wonder how low the tire pressure has to be to trigger the warning. My old Odyssey would give an error at about 28 psi.
     
  19. Chuck

    Chuck Member

    Thanks for the pictures. Is the outside diameter way different? I know the tire pressure monitoring is done by looking at the rotation speed between the tires, not that it matters it the car displays a 'low tire' warning while running a spare. I am thinking about the situation where you are running it on the front and how the differential would handle it if there was a large difference in the diameter. A friend had a bent wheel on the back of his truck and ran a car tire (somehow the bolt pattern was the same) and drove it 20 miles to town. The 'diff' was literally smoking when he got there and jacked it up. Granted it was probably a 20% difference in rotation speed but it did get me to start wondering???
     
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  20. peekay

    peekay New Member

    With my spare, the diameter is more or less the same as the regular tire.
     

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