RE: [DML] Abandon the spare?
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RE: [DML] Abandon the spare?



My spare was removed and a fairly hefty amp installed in the well by a
previous owner.  Also, ballasts/relays for my high output headlights are in
there as well.  It has occurred to me from time to time to get some sort of
fix-a-flat, but I've driven it thousands of miles cross country and (knock
on stainless) haven't had a tire problem.  BUT - my tires are relatively
new...I would feel less confident with old rubber.  When my current tires
are worn, I intend to buy run flat tires, assuming appropriate sizes are
available.   Have you considered choosing one of the front corners of the
trunk?  I don't think that many of us really use those corners for much, as
they're not terribly deep, but they are deep enough for your amp.  It
wouldn't be completely hidden away when you open the hood, but you could
still save your spare.  You might even build a vented cover for the amp and
cover it with matching carpet.

Kermit P.
#4547

-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Marty Galbreath
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 10:07 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DML] Abandon the spare?

I presently have my stereo amplifier in the passenger's footwell, 
covered by my nice DMCH floormat. This is certainly not an ideal 
location - heat, untidy wiring, reduced legroom, etc.

I originally had installed it in a beautiful custom panel behind the 
parcel shelf along with my new rear speakers. But that location
proved 
unusable due to the fact that the distributor is only about 8 inches 
away through a fiberglass wall, and the RFI was impossible to
overcome.

Now I have my ac/heater unit out and have been looking towards 
moving the amp to the trunk. The front wall is right there, nice and 
bare and wiring through it would be easy. The amp is too large to 
fit beneath the spare as others have done. So I was wondering how 
may of you have removed the spare to get more trunk room? Would 
carrying a small compressor or Fix-a-flat or both suffice in most 
instances of a flat tire? In 32 years 
of driving I have yet to have a flat tire while on the road. (I'm
sure it will happen tomorrow now) I'm looking for reassurance here.

Please voice your opinions about driving sans spare.

Thanks,

Marty Galbreath
3765 






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