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Hi All,

I have been looking into getting a Jeep Renegade for quite some time but one thing that has bothered me is the lack of a full size spare tire on any series other than the TrailHawk. I realize that I can purchase a spare tire as an option on the Sport, Latitude, and Limited to complement the tire service kit already provided standard. I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on having a spare tire as standard equipment versus a tire service kit. Would you keep safer with a full size spare or are you ok with just a tire kit. Does this go against Jeep's rugged look and feel by not providing a tire?
 

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A couple of vehicles ago, I had a car with only a repair kit. I knew it would only work for certain types of flats and I was okay with that. I've been driving for 34 years, mostly in New England, and never had a flat in any of my personal vehicles. I have had slow leaks that needed repair, but I've never needed to put on a spare (or been left stranded). I have always had AAA as a backup - for a little peace of mind.
I do think it makes Jeep look a little... well, less "Jeep" and more Fiat. That's just the way things are going.


Link to a little article on the subject: http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/the-disappearing-spare-tire.html
 

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Full size spare is important enough to me that when I changed wheels and tires I bought 5 of everything including TPS modules. I have AAA, and I know they'll get me home. The full size spare allows me to fix the issue at my place of choice/convenience rather than have to make a spur of the moment decision based upon where the flat occurred. As I also offroad with the Renegade, it's a must on that car, but I have one for all of my vehicles.
 

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it's just not a jeep without a spare tire. unlike rsanges though, i've had a few flats in my day. i actually got a normal tire rather than the full size spare that comes with the spare tire kit, so if i lose a tire on an interstate in the middle of nowhere, i can stick with the extra tire for quite some time. either way, no spare tire is not right for a vehicle carrying the jeep brand. it should have a winch on the front too and kc lights and all that good stuff.
 

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Funny - had my mini for 10 years, runflats - never a flat. Had my jeep a week got a nail in my Tire......woke up to 14psi was enough to get me to a close gas station for more air then to a shop for a plug. I thought the computer was crazy as the tire didn't even really look flat at 14psi. Sure enough when I measured it it was....

I didn't even know I didn't have a spare at all until I needed it - I was floored. So much empty space under my trunk floor.
 

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Good topic.

I've had nails in my tires that slowly deflated the tire but got me to a tire shop to fix. Never had an actual flat that I had to switch the tire for the spare which 2 of the 3 vehicles I've rode in had. I just rode to the tire shop (which are a dime a dozen here in NYC) I'm lazy to do it myself. As for my future Renegade, I'm debating whether if a full size or temp spare is needed. But on the other side of the coin, it good to know it will be there if a situation arises.

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I only really care about a full-size spare if I'm off-roading or on a long trip. For daily driving around town, a fix-a-flat, compressor, (or worst case, AAA) are sufficient to get me going.
 

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You cannot do a puncture repair after you have injected foam into the tyre (UK ) . I have ordered a full size tyre with mine as there are nails and screws in the worlds roads
 

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I am not sure where you all live, but when I inquired at our Jeep service department the spare tires were not in the system yet. What can I use as a alternative, I have a Renegade Limited with 18" wheels. Would rather have a full size wheel/tire
 

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I just used my employee discount (25%) to purchase the full size spare kit. With tax it was $238. Comes with tire, jack, screwdriver, bag & strap for something. Not cheap, but peace of mind. There is still a ton of room leftover for the inflation kit, jumper cables, tool bag, etc..

We are heading out for a 2500 mile round trip and didn't want to be worried about more than just a nail in the tire. Having both the tire and inflator is nice.
 

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I guess this depends on how where you drive. Basically if you use it as a daily driver with no highway driving, etc, then you may be fine with the kit. Again, that would be your call.

Personally, I would never own a vehicle ever again without a full size spare. When shopping for a mid sized SUV and being open to Ford, Honda, Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, etc, one of things on my "must have" list was a full size spare. While the GC's spare is full size, it's not a matching rim. If this becomes a problem, I will buy a 5th rim in the future.
As for the TH, it came with a full size, matching alloy spare.

A lesson I learn about 15yrs ago on a family vacation with a car with 4 people and luggage.
When you get a flat on Interstate on a Sunday, you are screwed. We had to limp down the Interstate for many many mile until we got to a large enough town to find a tire center open.
When we got home I went to the dealer and bought a rim and then a tire and never left home again without a full size spare. Years later when we purchased a use Chevy Astro, one of the first things I did was go to the junk yard and buy a matching allow rim and made a full size spare. A year or two later I was on a trip with my son (rugby tournament) 7 states away and again had a flat with the van full of gear. It was a great feeling to be able to put the FSS on and keep going until we found a place and time to get it fixed for the return trip.
Again, we travel frequently, usually with various gear (load), so I would prefer to spend the extra few hundred up front, because if you ever get stuck on the side of a highway out in the boonies on a Sunday, you are willing to pay 10x that to get going again. Just my 2 cents.
 

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1st flat in 8 years was a sidewall blowout. It was the second time, though, I was glad I did the footwork to convert to a donut tire from just foam/inflator. And I would never go offroad without a 5th tire spare. That's where you always see sidewall gashes.
 

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Personally I would opt for a spare tyre and not the sealing stuff.

Currently I have a 2013 Scenic and last year I had a hole in the sidewall. Unfortunately I had no spare tyre. As I have RAC breakdown cover, I had to call them. I was only two miles from home. The guy turned up and took the front near side (left front in the UK) with him to locate a new tyre. As my car is on motability, the tyres are supplied by Kwik Fit. The RAC guy couldn't locate one in the surrounding area. None of the branches had them in stock. Apparently the size and load rating is particular to the Scenic with 17" alloys. Arse!! So I had to wait for a recovery truck to collect me, my missus and the car and take me two miles back home. All in all we had a four hour wait while one guy tried to locate a tyre and then wait for a recovery truck. Had the car come with a full size spare or a small get you home spare, I could have been back on the road in a few minutes. 24 hours later the mobile Kwik Fit van came to my home address with a replacement tyre.

So the moral of the story is, carry a spare wheel as well as a can of 'fixit' as you never know what awaits.
 

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Ate my words...

A couple of vehicles ago, I had a car with only a repair kit. I knew it would only work for certain types of flats and I was okay with that. I've been driving for 34 years, mostly in New England, and never had a flat in any of my personal vehicles. I have had slow leaks that needed repair, but I've never needed to put on a spare (or been left stranded). I have always had AAA as a backup - for a little peace of mind.
I do think it makes Jeep look a little... well, less "Jeep" and more Fiat. That's just the way things are going.

I had to put my spare tire on today. First flat that I've had in one of my cars. Ran over something with a hole in the center of it. Punctured the tread and let all the air out within a block. We had just left our vacation rental in Belfast, Maine for the 6 hour drive home. It sure was nice having the full size (matching) spare for the trip.
I had it repaired when I got home. At the tire dealer, I overheard a phone conversation between the proprietor and someone who had to repair a flat with the goop. He sounded like it was quite a hassle to get the sealant out in order to properly repair their tire.
 

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I just used my employee discount (25%) to purchase the full size spare kit. With tax it was $238. Comes with tire, jack, screwdriver, bag & strap for something. Not cheap, but peace of mind. There is still a ton of room leftover for the inflation kit, jumper cables, tool bag
[bold]Retiredguns[/bold] do you recall the part number of the full-size spare kit you purchased?

I've been able to find the "Spare Wheel - TIRE AND WHEEL ASSY, Full Size Spare, Part # 68263082AA" at the Mopar parts site, but not an entire kit consisting of the jack and extras you mentioned. I've also been able to find the bits-and-pieces to make up a "jack-kit".

But if there was a part number for the whole shibang - full-size spare, jack-kit, etc. - that would make ordering it a ton easier, :)

Thnks, :)
 

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[bold]Retiredguns[/bold] do you recall the part number of the full-size spare kit you purchased?

I've been able to find the "Spare Wheel - TIRE AND WHEEL ASSY, Full Size Spare, Part # 68263082AA" at the Mopar parts site, but not an entire kit consisting of the jack and extras you mentioned. I've also been able to find the bits-and-pieces to make up a "jack-kit".

But if there was a part number for the whole shibang - full-size spare, jack-kit, etc. - that would make ordering it a ton easier, :)

Thnks, :)
Surely, Part # 82214679

My dealer had only one in stock. Retail is $295, but I see it on eBay and other sites for at least a $40 discount.
Since I get EP, I stick with the dealer.
 

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Hrm... So I just got an Email from the seller and apparently the kit is "on hold" by the manufacturer (I'm assuming that means by FCA/Jeep) until 8/11/2015, as they're making changes to the kit.

I'm thinking about cancelling my order now. Either this is legit, and the kits are being changed - which means, I can't be sure I'll get what I expect. Or this is garbage - which means the seller is just having trouble getting inventory, and I should go look elsewhere.

Any words of wisdom? I really would like a spare in my Renny-Lat before we take our trip to Lake Placid, 3rd week of August. But at this rate it looks like I might be stuck relying on the fix-a-flat kit it came with, :(
 
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