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#59 of 67 dash kit and seat covers '07
Nov 11, 2012 (9:38 pm)
has anyone done business with this company for the dash kit and seat covers?
CARID IN Cranberry Towship NJ
Please give me your evaluation and/or recommend another competent company for these items. thanks
#60 of 67 Spare tire carrier
Nov 14, 2012 (5:18 am)
Comments about this product:
I got a pucture sometimes ago in a muddy and raining situation. This may help. Perhaps forum members should write to this company to ask for a similar model for the Outlander (swing-away spare tire carrier)
#61 of 67 Re: Spare tire carrier [batman47]
by steve_ HOST
Nov 14, 2012 (6:40 am)
That may be okay if you leave it in the garage most of the time (mount a second spare or just call an auto club when you're in town?). But I use my hatch thousands of times more than I need to fix a flat* and having to swing the spare out of the way every time would get old fast. Out wheeling it could make sense.
(* I seem to average about one flat a year, and I know the rain and mud drill. )
#62 of 67 Re: Spare tire carrier [steve_]
Nov 15, 2012 (4:18 am)
This toy is not to be used permanently in the car. I think it is applicable only when the user wants to adventure out of tarmac roads (e.g. gravel, rocky paths, mud, snow or ice). It is much better to have a full size spare tire to continue the adventure than the replacement OEM spare tire.
However after a phone with the manufacture technician I was told that the OEM Outlander tow hitch is Class II and their spare tire carrier require a Class III hitch with an opening square drawbar: 2 "(51 mm). The OEM Outlander tow hitch has a drawbar: 1.25” (32 mm).
Class III tow hitch provides the torsion capability to support the total weight of a full size 225/55R18 tire or bigger. The Class III tow hitch sold for this manufacturer is able to carry a full size spare tire as well as towing a boat or a caravan at the same time.
#63 of 67 Re: New All-Weather floor Mats [piast]
Nov 15, 2012 (4:30 am)
The Outlander OEM all weather floor mats (MZ314175, $ 124) front and rear area is a good bet. Perhaps the set is $20 above after market prices but they fix neatly onto the Outlander area and they have the Outlander logo and they are washable.
#64 of 67 Re: Spare tire carrier [batman47]
by steve_ HOST
Nov 15, 2012 (6:29 am)
I should know better but it's been so long since I bought a new car I forget that they don't come with full size spares any more (even SUVs). I had to get one for my van back in '99 but luckily it fit underneath where the compact one lived.
Interesting about the torque, but it makes sense. A heavy tire would want to bounce around back there, especially on the trails.
Can't say I've ever seen a tire bag for protection underneath.
#65 of 67 Re: New All-Weather floor Mats [batman47]
Nov 15, 2012 (6:55 pm)
I mounted a Reese class III hitch on my '07 Outlander this year, I don't think I saw an aftermarket class II. I have the Weathertech mats in mine, they fit good and are wearing well. My 2012 Mustang came without a spare, just a can of fix-a-flat and a small compressor.
#66 of 67 Re: Spare tire carrier [steve_]
Dec 08, 2012 (8:31 pm)
It's my understanding (could be wrong though) that it's not an SUV thing but an AWD/4WD thing. 4WD has to have the same size tire on all corners so spares have to be full size. Of course, the fix-a-flat option would be valid for 4WD if the carmaker wanted to save a few dollars & pounds.
#67 of 67 Re: Spare tire carrier [fushigi]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 08, 2012 (9:12 pm)
Hm, I think it's the circumference that's critical, not necessarily the footprint for AWDs. My AWD wagon has a compact spare for example. A full size fits in the spare tire well okay but it's too fat for the little shelf to fit in there with it. My old CJ-5 had a full size but I don't even know if they had compact spares back in '74.
The first accessory I got for my '99 minivan was a full size spare (and it paid off too). I threw away one of the bench seats so the extra weight of the spare was offset.