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Where to buy a used wheel for my car?

June 1, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
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Can anyone recommend a local (Metro Vancouver area) car recycler which has inventory and pricing on-line that I can also do pick-up from?

My new car has a stoopid space saver spare wheel which I'd like to replace with a full-size

June 1, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
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What size do you need?

June 1, 2017, 11:48 a.m.
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The other question is will a full size spare fit in the space designed for the space saver?  Most cars I have seen that have a space saver wouldn't fit a normal size spare....

June 1, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
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Ideally it would be a 17 x 7 alloy for a 2017 Subaru Forester as I don't know the BCD or offset etc but it's only intended to get me out of the shit when I get a puncture on the Hurley!


I also realise the floor plan in the cargo area would be compromised. If it's bad, I'll keep the space saver in general use and just swap out the full size for road trips but there has to be somewhere to store the punctured full size you just took off...

 Last edited by: SixZeroSixOne on June 1, 2017, 12:15 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 1, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
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Most tire places will sell steelies for winter setups at a pretty fair price. Often less than $100/rim. Call around to a couple of places and see what they can do for you? That way you will be sure you get a good straight rim and the tire at the same time.

Something like this?

Understood on being able to carry a punctured full size, but I imagine it would just sit in the trunk until you got it fixed?

 Last edited by: shoreboy on June 1, 2017, 1:30 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 1, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
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If you have cross bars you can make a super cheap rack for a full-size spare out of HD metal shelving hardware - no welding necessary. My Element has a space saver so I toss the full-size AT on the roof for ski or logging road trips so i don't have to drive on the doughnut in poor conditions. Drove form Bamfield to Victoria on the doughnut once, not fun.

This kinda stuff with carriage bolts holding it together has worked for me:

June 3, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
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Aldergrove autowrecking have always specialized in Subaru I have bought parts and had them instaled they are good and cheap,  you might get them used but up  here there has never been anywhere to buy used wheels so i always just buy them from Kal

June 3, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
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Yeah Kal quoted me 50 bucks per new for my Civic.

June 5, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
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also remember that if the other 3 are worn and the spare is new.... the difference in tire size stresses the AWD in Subaru cars. the tolerance is 1/16" or something... can't remember off the top of my head. so even if it is a full size spare.... you can't just put it on and rally.

Oct. 4, 2017, 3:20 a.m.
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Have you found the best answer?

 Last edited by: Jason9 on Oct. 12, 2017, 5:37 a.m., edited 4 times in total.
Oct. 4, 2017, 3:59 p.m.
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Just make sure you have the same tire in the same size on the spare, and you should be fine for longer than a short distance if its needed. If its not the same tire and the rolling diameter is off by >3% (standard rule for cars, might be different for Subies), you'll cook your diff.

Dont trust that at different tire of the same size will actually be within tolerance.

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