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Should I remove donut spare tire and replace with it other things?

I am thinking about getting rid of the donut spare and filling the space with tire repair tools and other things. I would like for somebody to do their best to convince me otherwise. My reasons for getting rid of the donut spare would be the following:

-Outback’s AWD does not like it because it is a different size than the other wheels and tires.
-Drive distance is 50 miles (I think), which is the same as my run flat tires.
-It is heavy and unnecessary weight.
-It takes up space that can be used for other things, like a more substantial first aid kit, air pump, etc.
-Tire repair tools and/or run flat tires can probably get me out of a situation just as well.

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I done did this years ago bro.

Full sized spare just floats around being in the way.



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I done did this years ago bro.

Full sized spare just floats around being in the way.

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Imagine being in a situation where you need to access the equipment you've now placed where the spare tire used to be. Your car is fully loaded and you now have to take everything out to get them.
While I like the idea of using it for something else, I dont know that tools or emergency equipment is the best for that location.

I've seen dudes in jeeps add a spigot underneath their spare wheel wells and fill the inside with beer and ice.
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I've seen a number of people place a subwoofer in there. I've debated it but my gear's a bit big for that area. Just the weight saving wouldn't be a bad idea though.

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Imagine being in a situation where you need to access the equipment you've now placed where the spare tire used to be. Your car is fully loaded and you now have to take everything out to get them.
While I like the idea of using it for something else, I dont know that tools or emergency equipment is the best for that location.
Yes, I am aware of your point, and it is valid. But not everything can be quick access. A lot of my gear down there would just be redundancies. The slow access problem is there with the spare tire anyway.
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Interesting tidbit, the floor of the spare tire compartment is so strong, you can mold it with bare hands. Ask me how I know. And I am far from strong.

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Yes, I am aware of your point, and it is valid. But not everything can be quick access. ...

Although I've never needed to use one of those donuts, I still carry mine. But I reconfigured the compartment back there by taking out the styrofoam insert and cutting a thin, plywood disc to fit on top of the tire. Now I have all sort of other (hard-to-get-at) stuff in there in addition to the tire changing kit, including a 12-volt air pump, a tow strap, a little tool kit, etc. Everything's wrapped in shop rags to keep things from rattling (and, of course, to have shop rags on hand). HPH
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Yes, I am aware of your point, and it is valid. But not everything can be quick access. ...

Although I've never needed to use one of those donuts, I still carry mine. But I reconfigured the compartment back there by taking out the styrofoam insert and cutting a thin, plywood disc to fit on top of the tire. Now I have all sort of other (hard-to-get-at) stuff in there in addition to the tire changing kit, including a 12-volt air pump, a tow strap, a little tool kit, etc. Everything's wrapped in shop rags to keep things from rattling (and, of course, to have shop rags on hand). HPH
I am about to go this route before I completely remove the donut.

EDIT: I just took out the styrofoam. Wow, it was taking up a lot of space. I can easily get all of my slow access stuff in there now. If I need anymore space, I will take out the donut.
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NLPP, air compressor, tire patch, ARB deflator, tool bag, and bottle jack....

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