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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 05:29 AM
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Thanks much for sharing coregrind! I had nearly given up on the idea of a full sized spare until I saw this very clean solution you posted. Due to low garage height at home, me forgetting that I would have put a spare on my roof (yeah, I'd be that guy at a local parking garage), poor gas mileage with a cargo basket + spare, and with a bike rack laying claim to the hitch (gotta bring the two wheeled whips on trips), I wasn't sure where I was going to put a full sized spare.

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Thanks much for sharing coregrind!
Keep in mind your Sport has a slightly taller tire than my Premium had. My aftermarket 215/65R17 (28.00") is taller than the stock 225/55R18 (27.74") of the Sport but mine is slightly narrower now. Regardless, I think you'll still have room. Here's a pic of the fit with my stock Premium 225/60R17 (27.63") that has the same tire width as the stock Sport.



And, I had to source a longer bolt to properly secure the bigger spare wheel & tire. My local hardware store had the proper length in stainless steel and I added a lock washer as well.

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Hi All,

I am new to this forum but thought I would jump in on this thread. Just today I added a full size spare tire to my 2019 Subaru Forester Limited. It has the 225/55 18" inch wheels and I was able to fit a full size spare (oem wheel from a 2019 Subaru Forester Sport) in the well without making any alterations other than installing it with the outside of the rim down and I had to remove the foam tray. The foam with the jack etc still fits inside the wheel. I was even able to store my Pelican tool box, torque wrench, wheel chocks, 12v tire pump, tow strap, and jumper cables back in the well with the full size spare. I did not need to add any supports but you could if desired. I did not have a chance to road test the car yet so I am not sure if I am going to have road noise from the spare tire well due to the removal of the foam insert. If so I will add some sound proofing foam. Only down side is that the privacy cover will no longer store in the spare tire well and to check the spare tire inflation it must be removed as the valve is facing down. You could get around this by getting a longer threaded rod as suggested by others on this thread and having the spare wheel face upward however you lose a lot of storage space and the jack with foam insert would no longer fit. Here are some photos showing the details of my install.

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Does anyone know where you can get a longer rod to screw down a full size spare tire in the trunk?
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Does anyone know where you can get a longer rod to screw down a full size spare tire in the trunk?
Try a hardware store. I got mine in stainless steel at a local ACE Hardware. Depending on the wheel used, you may still be able to use the fastener from the factory. My aftermarket wheel has less offset so I needed to source a bolt that was about 10mm longer.
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[QUOTE=coregrind;7542443]Here's a pic of the fit with my stock Premium 225/60R17 (27.63") that has the same tire width as the stock Sport.

Way cool see you used the Subaru stock rim instead of an ugly generic rim.

I am still waiting delivery for a barely used Touring rim found on eBay ($202 included shipping a new one was $420 with tax (Ouch!)) and the Falken tire I bought from Simple Tire (great price!).

If the old gashed 2019 Touring rim can still be used with a cheap new tire. I want to place it in the spare tire well too! The only thing not sure of yet is how to mount it down in wheel well since center of rim isn’t exposed?

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Way cool see you used the Subaru stock rim instead of an ugly generic rim.
The stock wheel and tire was only used for test fitting. I have aftermarket wheels & tires now and the spare matches. Regardless, I’ve got it secured in the factory location.

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The only thing not sure of yet is how to mount it down in wheel well since center of rim isn’t exposed?
The center cap of any wheel should pop out and allow the use of the large diameter washer supplied with factory spare. With that OEM wheel its likely you’ll reuse even the factory bolt to hold it in place. Otherwise, just locally source a bolt that fits your needs.

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May I ask what was the width of the bolt that was able to screw into the spare tire tie down hole? I found a 5/16 that appeared to fit but the threads only screwed in part way.
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Does anyone know where you can get a longer rod to screw down a full size spare tire in the trunk?
I did not have to get a new rod, I got a matching 19`sport wheel and was able to screw it down with the original rod. Just removed the foam piece and everything else fits perfectly fine, didn't even need to raise the trunk 'floor', everything just fits fine.

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I found a 5/16 that appeared to fit but the threads only screwed in part way.
It's metric: 8mm. That 5/16" is so close but the thread pitch is different.
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Thanks for the info. I have a 2019 Touring model. Before I gave away my 2009, I took the spare tire from there and it fit easily into the 2019 spare well. But when I got a p255/55 R18 tire, the back end did not quite fit flush and the original tie down rod is about an inch or so short. A piece of 2 X 4 across the back of the well makes the floor cover fit, so now I just need to find a rod long enough with 8mm threads to secure the tire to the well.
I haven't tried partially deflating the spare to see if if will fit that way. Seems like if I was changing a flat, I would not want to also have the hassle of inflating the spare.
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Before I gave away my 2009, I took the spare tire from there and it fit easily into the 2019 spare well.
Uh...maybe I'm a little confused with what I read. The 2009 has a different bolt pattern than the 2019. Have you confirmed your spare is compatible?

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Coregrind, Sorry for the confusion.
I did not intend to use the 2009 tire as a spare for the 2019. I just put it in the 2019 for a minute to see if it looked like a full size tire would fit in there. Since that smaller tire seemed to have plenty of room, I figured an 18" wheel would fit in there also. It does squeeze in there, but not perfectly.
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Great details in this post. Thanks for sharing. DBAstro, where did you get that Sport rim? I may be interested in buying one to do as you did.

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