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2014 Forester & full size spare?

Can 2014 Foresters accommodate a full size spare in the spare tire compartment? (I am thinking of buying a 2014 Forester, and since I intend to take it on backroad trips, this is important to me.)

If it can carry a full zise spare, are there any features that must be sacrificed to do so?

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My understanding from what my salesman told me is, the included spare is the same diameter as the stock tires, but not as wide.

If you want to put a full size spare in, it would fit. You would have to remove the storage tray that is located on top of the spare tire and below the floor. If this is removed you can fit a full diameter, full width spare tire.

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Can 2014 Foresters accommodate a full size spare in the spare tire compartment? (I am thinking of buying a 2014 Forester, and since I intend to take it on backroad trips, this is important to me.)
I live in Phoenix too, and share your sentiment. For traveling on the back roads of the Sonoran Desert a full-size spare is essential, since being stranded can be fatal.

How much would a full-size spare cost?

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How much would a full-size spare cost?
You could go with a 16" (17" for XTs to clear brakes) steel wheel with the full size tire and it shouldn't cost too much.

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I thought about getting a full sized spare but I love that cargo tray. I have all my emergency supplies and car stuff in there. Luckily I don't have as much remote offloading as y'all do.

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We get a full sized spare in Australia so it is possible.
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You could go with a 16" (17" for XTs to clear brakes) steel wheel with the full size tire and it shouldn't cost too much.
The 2014 2.5i models have 17" wheels, so where would you get a 16" steel wheel with the correct bolt circle?

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We get a full sized spare in Australia so it is possible.
This makes me wonder if Subaru USA can order the spare wheel and tray you get on your Australian models. That could be a hot seller in the American West.

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The 2014 2.5i models have 17" wheels, so where would you get a 16" steel wheel with the correct bolt circle?
Also: Wouldn't using a different size wheel screw up the transmission of an AWD vehicle anyway?

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Also: Wouldn't using a different size wheel screw up the transmission of an AWD vehicle anyway?
No, not if the outer diameter of the tire was unchanged. That could be accomplished by using a tire of higher profile.

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I thought about getting a full sized spare but I love that cargo tray. I have all my emergency supplies and car stuff in there. Luckily I don't have as much remote offloading as y'all do.
You can find a round plastic pan to sit insite the full size spare. You can get a lot of stuff in there even without the tray..trust me. Also you can get stuff in the long compartment just in back of the seat. I can't imagine not being able to get enouugh emergency stuff in the backl of the subaru with a full size spare.

Its so nice going on a trip, knowing if you have a flat its only a few minutes to get back on the road again. I keep a 18" breaker bar with socket handy and have put on the spare as a dress rehersal.

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You can find a round plastic pan to sit insite the full size spare. You can get a lot of stuff in there even without the tray..trust me. Also you can get stuff in the long compartment just in back of the seat. I can't imagine not being able to get enouugh emergency stuff in the backl of the subaru with a full size spare.

Its so nice going on a trip, knowing if you have a flat its only a few minutes to get back on the road again. I keep a 18" breaker bar with socket handy and have put on the spare as a dress rehersal.
Hmmm... I hadn't considered that.

For those that do have a full sized spare, do you include it in the tire rotation, to try to keep the wear even and not fubar the AWD when you have to put it on?

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We get a full sized spare in Australia so it is possible.
would you be able to take pictures of it?
the tray and tire?
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Hmmm... I hadn't considered that.

For those that do have a full sized spare, do you include it in the tire rotation, to try to keep the wear even and not fubar the AWD when you have to put it on?
Mine isn't in the rotation. The small difference shouldn't be a problem for the time it would take you to get to a tire shop (at least compared to the space saver).


I despise that "cargo tray"... You know why? Because it isn't a cargo tray, it's a lie. Seriously, putting a space saver spare in, and then putting a big chunk of styrofoam to take up the extra space is crazy to me...
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How much would a full-size spare cost?
I'd like to know this too - any vendors out there that could shed some light on this?

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