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    Trying to decided if i should just install audio or pc in the spare tire compartment of my Honda element

    make a fake floor what would be flushed


    or try to hide equipment on the side and fabricated a box

    heres a few pic of a similar car with everything taken out of the spare tire compartment.

    plenty of pic

    Its not my car but you get the idea

    Do i really need that spare tire???
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    Do you have any type of AAA or car hall Service? If you get a flat or a blow out do you have someone that could in an emergancy drop everything and bring you a tire? or can you risk waiting around all day?

    I personally would prefer to keep a tire in case of an emergancy. Esp if im driving far
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    good point... I would hate to take a long drive and then waste the whole day just for someone to help me out... or just stuck buying another tire ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by eversavage View Post
    Trying to decided if i should just install audio or pc in the spare tire compartment of my Honda element

    make a fake floor what would be flushed


    or try to hide equipment on the side and fabricated a box

    heres a few pic of a similar car with everything taken out of the spare tire compartment.

    plenty of pic

    Its not my car but you get the idea

    Do i really need that spare tire???
    No you don't need it... until you blow a tire. I don't have a spare tire, because when I bought my car there wasn't one. I have a jack though, so I can pretend to change it when a tire blows. You never know when you'll hit that big pothole of doom, and blow a tire in middle of nowhere. Since i have no spare tire, I keep a couple fresh cans of that pressureized tire filling goop. Good for like 50miles and will inflate the tire and everything. But be warned that if you use that, there is absolutely no way to repair the tire afterwards, you must replace the tire. Good for emergencies though with no other solution.

    I would keep the spare, or get one of those cases that fit inside the spare tire. I think they only make it for the G35, but you would probably be able to adapt it or build a suitable ripoff.

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    keep the spare, It just makes more sense, even if you have AAA, you'd be stuck without it.

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    If you make local trips mostly, then there's no reason to have a spare if you don't want to carry it around.

    The box I plan on using for my audio install is a Q-Logic specifically for Neons and it mounts in the spare tire well. I have AAA already and if you are really paranoid, then you can let the air out of your tires and re-fill it with Slime. That will automatically seal up anything that happens. It also distrubus evenly in the tire if put in correctly and won't cause balance problems.

    For longer trips, I would take my spare with me.

    Doesn' seem like a big deal to me...

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    There is a difference, of tire puncture and really breaking the tyre. if there is a tiny puncture you can use these pressureized thing cans, whatever they are in english. But when you brake the tyre there is no use of it. Eaven when there is a hole the size of grown mans thumb, you won't be able to use any of these temporary things.

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    As long as the sidewall isn't damaged you can seal it with Fix-A-Flat, Slime, Prestone Flat Fixer, whatever.

    If you damage a tire your not paying attention to road conditions obivously.

    I have a Class A, I used to drive for Schnider National and JB Hunt, what I see on the road is NOT what you see if you have driven Class C all your life.

    I also live in Southern California, we have messed up roads but generally not as bad as the rest of the country. In 11 cars owned and 1 truck, I have used my spare a grand total of 4 times since 1986.

    Sticking to areas that cars usually drive on cuts down on "stuff" entering the tire. If you make a habit of shortcutting, riding on the shoulder in a drunken stupper or generally run over things, you might damage a tire. If you drive a like a normal human being you seldom have tire issues.

    Like I said before, if you find yourself traveling noman's land then you might wanna carry your spare tire with you.

    I travelled about 50,000 miles in one year in a truck - No Flats

    I travelled about 70,000 miles in 2.5 years being a courier - No Flats

    In between that, I used the spare in my Izusu once, the spare in my 1st Neon when one of my poor Yokohamas AVS tires wouldn't hold air anymore and maybe 2 other times I can remember, it doesn't happen often enough for me to be concerned about it.

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    Fix a Flat really screws up your tire. As your local tire shop about it

    Murphey's Law:
    You never need a spare until you take it out of your car......

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    yea its everything every one said, is true....

    Need to see if i can work away around it first but its was just easier to locate the pc component in the spare tire area. I don't think i've ever had to use my spare on my old car.
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