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I purchased an 2019 Outback and found that a full size spare and wheel won't fit in the well. As we are doing another 7000 mile roadtrip soon I decided to solve this dilema. I purchased a matching wheel on eBay from Hubcap Heaven for Aprox $160 shipped. I purchased a take off tire from Discount Tire, about $50 mounted and balanced. I later purchased a tire cover
on Amazon for about $20. Using the original spare tiedown ring, a large eyebolt and nut and a piece scrap 1x4, I made
an eyebolt location on the back side of the wheel (as shown in pictures) Then using the eye bolt and nut I threaded a nylon strap tirefrom a Reese light duty ratchet cargo strap (about $10) through the eye bolt and secured one of the supplied hooks to the driver side rear tiedown D hook. Then ran the strap forward through the winch raised the covered tire and with the left side rear seat down had room to fasten the other hook to the forward D hook tiedown, which according to the owners manual have 110 lb capacity each. Pull the slack from the winch and rachet it snug. Works very well so far and there are no noises or rattles.
I used a small tool bag to house the jack and other items that were under the tire compartment lid. Since the tire sits partially on the tire compartment lid, prior to installing the tire in it's new location I trimmed 6"off the left side of the tire lid
(even with the left hinge) see pictures. This free space under the deck lid is now free to use for additional storage IMG_20200222_130359929.jpg IMG_20200223_153206134.jpg IMG_20200222_123314803.jpg IMG_20200222_123245537.jpg IMG_20200222_123417362.jpg IMG_20200223_154119984.jpg
 

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There would be 14,580 Newtons of force, 243 times the weight of the tire, in a deceleration event from 60mph.

Please drive carefully!
 

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There will be much more force than those tie downs or ratchet strap can handle if you are in an accident.
That wire will be flying around inside the car and likely kill someone.

It's an interesting idea, but it needs to be way stronger. Not worth the risk.

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