Re: [DML] Re: Spare Tire.
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Re: [DML] Re: Spare Tire.

Did you happen to note the donor car of your "new" spare rim?

On 10/31/07, content22207 <brobertson@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>   People put aftermarket rims on their DeLoreans all the time. There's a
> current message on the List from a new owner seeking to do just that.
> I assume he's planning to do all 4 wheels, rear as well as front.
> The original spare rim was engineered to clear two different sizes of
> brake hardware. A 14" rim simply will not fit over the rear calipers.
> You need a 15" rim for the back, no exceptions. Of course a 15" rim
> with a normal height tire will not clear the front wheel wells (won't
> fit in the spare tire well either). Hence the factory 15" rim with low
> profile donut. The factory rim is also quite narrow so that it will
> not protrude above the trunk floor when nestled in its well.
> The biggest challenge I faced was finding the right combination of rim
> diameter, width, and lug pattern in a junk yard. I'm sure a suitable
> rim can be custom ordered new, but I needed a cheap one in a hurry (my
> car had no spare). Took all afternoon, but I ultimately found one.
> My spare is a 2+2 bias 50,000 mile performance tire. It's made to be a
> primary tire. I doubt factory donuts even have steel belts. They sure
> don't have my tread rubber. My spare would survive a very long trip to
> repair a flat rear (assuming I could find somewhere to put that rear
> to carry it with me). Handling would probably be squirelly as hell,
> but that's a function of the smaller overall tire diameter and width
> -- an unavoidable consequence of our unique wheel differential and the
> spare well as cast.
> After FFT I'll throw my spare on the rear, test drive the car, and
> post my impressions, if I survive the experience.
> Bill Robertson
> #5939
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