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Spare tire idea

Discussion in 'Model X' started by bobfisk, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. bobfisk

    bobfisk New Member

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    For people who want a spare tire for their model X, but don't want to carry it inside the car, is any firm working on a technical solution which uses the trailer hitch mount as a point of attachment for an external spare tire carrier? If not, does this idea have any merit, or is it impractical? Thx..... Bob
     
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    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I suppose if I were going on a long trip somewhere remote where Tesla service or AAA might be out of reach, then I might stick a wheel on the back of my beautiful Model X, but for every day use, unnecessary and too ugly.
     
  3. engle

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    Jeep Grand Cherokee Hitch-Mounted Extra Wheel Example

    This has been done before for Jeep Grand Cherokees, so I see no reason why one couldn't be designed or applied to a Model X that is going somewhere off the beaten path. (It should look better than this one, since there would be a stylish Model X extra wheel and tire mounted on it.)

    Jeep Hitch Mount Tire Carrier 1.jpg
    Jeep Hitch Mount Tire Carrier 2.jpg
    Jeep Hitch Mount Tire Carrier 3.jpg
     
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    I can't imagine it would do anything good for aerodynamics/range.
     
  5. engle

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    Agree 100%. Personally, if I were to drive off the beaten path, then I would try to find one of those temporary spares, such as those provided with a Mercedes E Class that could fit into either the Frunk or the recessed rear storage area, that is size-compatible with Model X. They are rated at 50 mph and I've driven on one for 100's of miles while waiting for a replacement from http://tirerack.com since their prices are better than a Benz dealers.

    Curious if anyone has used a temporary spare with their Model S?
     
  6. bobfisk

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    Yes Engle, thx, functionally something like that, but more elegant, aerodynamic, & of course, compatible with the overall styling of the model X. Maybe offer small temp tire or regular tire versions?
     
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    Does the X not come with a spare?
     
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    I'm not so sure it would be a problem, it might even help slightly since filling in the space behind the car is generally good. I suspect though it would have no measurable effect at all because the sharp end of the roof lines seems like it would produce a lot of turbulence just behind the car where the tire would be mounted.
     
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    We don't know for sure. Considering the fact that the S doesn't though means it likely won't.

    Many new cars do not come with spare tires though. This isn't something Tesla is doing that's different.
     
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    Actually the other brands that I am aware of (e.g. BMW) come with "run flats". Tesla does offer the compressor/tire sealant accessory, but I don't know how effective it is.
     
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    Good point. Neither do I. Are there any reports in the S discussions?

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    I found this an interesting read...

    Spare Tires in New Cars: What You Need To Know on Edmunds.com
     
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