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    Default Spare Tire Carrier ???

    For an 81, has anyone ever actually had to use it?
    Why ?...Because I can't imagine the OE sized tire from a 81 fitting in there!

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    I've never used my itty bitty spare tire, but I follow the advice of why I have insurance too..

    "It's better to have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it" With AAA and other car club road assistance programs, this old saying may be a bit dated.. But at least I know it's there and ready if I do need it

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    What I'm talking about it the spare tire (carrier)...I can't imagine the wide FULL size tire on the 81's will fit up in it...if needed.
    Know what I mean?

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    its not a full size tire. full size stock tires were either 225/70/15 or 255/65/15 (or is that 60?)

    either way, the spare in mine is a 195/70/15 i think. I'm sure on the 195 and 15, as i had to use mine last summer.

    Flew out of detroit, and when i got back, one of the back tires was flat and missing some chunks of the tread. I could see the steel belts. : Kickers were, i didn't have a jack, lug wrench, or air in the spare. I borrowed a jack from some kid, a lug wrench for airport staff, and they also provided me with air for the spare.

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    Ok, let me put it to ya this way...when you get a flat...where do ya put the flat tire???

    Because I don't see the running tire fitting in that small spare tire carrier.

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    i dunno if it fits the tire carrier, i just tossed mine in the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by 81 Corvette
    i dunno if it fits the tire carrier, i just tossed mine in the back
    Now were on the same page. as I don't think it would fit...beats me thats why I asked the question. Maybe someone knows for a fact if it will or won't.
    tossing it in the back would be well....ewwwww.
    Hope ya don't have any luggage back there...or you would have to leave something on the roadside.

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    Ah

    Good question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerDown
    ...or you would have to leave something on the roadside.
    Let's see... leave my original aluminum mag wheel by the roadside? No.

    Leave my luggage by the roadside? No.

    That just leaves kicking the passenger out. Yes! Brilliant.

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    i put the luggage, see duffle bag, on the passenger floor. The tire didn't make a mess. I'd be willing to bet it fits tho, but i didn't have a sock to properly remove the spare carrier hold on bolt, so i couldn't put the tire in it and close it. As it was, i had to force the carrier back into place after prying it open.

    If you saw the tire, you be less concerned about the back getting dirty, and more thankful that it didn't blow while doing 70 on the highway.

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    yeah, my spare is one of those early 90's gm 105/40-14's. but it doesnt fit right. lol .the front driver side tire almost leaves the ground with it on. and i dont have a jack either. i put my amp in the jack storage area as to not cheapen the look of my car like some people (you know who you are).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black81Vette View Post
    yeah, my spare is one of those early 90's gm 105/40-14's. but it doesnt fit right. lol .the front driver side tire almost leaves the ground with it on. and i dont have a jack either. i put my amp in the jack storage area as to not cheapen the look of my car like some people (you know who you are).

    yup..interesting point..you can of course carry the small spare in the under carrier..page 3-6 in the 81 owners manual says the take off tire/wheel can be temporarily carried in the carrier..if..deflated..and a diagram shows the placement..tho I don't get it..maybe the lower carrier parts don't get put back on..but it says and shows..it can be done.
    I don't carry it at all..I do carry the AAA card, my Hagerty road service flat bed card, and a hi limit credit card.
    BTW..i don't even have any of the spare carrier parts..let alone the small spare..if anyone has this stuff sitting around....let me know.
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    Once in a while I think about taking down the spare tire to see if there is any air in it. It's never been out. But like you said, that's what Hagerty is for.

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    A '78 spare tire carrier will hold a stock aluminum rim with a deflated P255-60-15 tire.

    If I'm not mistaken, '75 or '76 was when GM went to a reduced size spare. Before that, you got a full size tire on a stock steel rally wheel.

    The spare tire rim for my '78 was painted bright yellow. Looked sweet mounted on a dark blue car...

    AAA does all my away from home flat changing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bryant View Post
    Once in a while I think about taking down the spare tire to see if there is any air in it. It's never been out.Tom
    Wow..that is quite possibly original as left the factory air in that spare !!
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