Date registered: Aug 2010
Vehicle: '84 Euro 500SE, '85 Euro 2.3-16, '51 Euro 170S, '97 Jeep Wrangler Sport, '15 G63 AMG
Location: San Antonio, Texas/Gulf Breeze, Florida/Neustadt a.d. Aisch, Deutschland
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
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Manufacturers are trying to reduce weight (to increase fuel economy) by eliminating the need for a donut (or even a full-size spare).
I think it's a ridiculous move. Both the '84 and '85 have fresh full-size spares that are ready to go at a moments notice. Oh, and I have all that awesome trunk space still!
The E350 has a donut, and when I had to use it and adhere to the 50mph speedlimit for such a tire, you can believe that impatient Texan drivers weren't happy with me not doing 80 in a 65 with everyone else!
It's been discussed before that there are adverse affects in vehicle handling as well as the overall ride quality when switching from run flats to conventional tires. Is there a way to have the suspension dialed in for conventional tires? With all the fancy electronics, there's almost certainly a way. The question is how much will it cost and is it worth it?
'85 Euro 190E 2.3-16
'84 Euro 500SE
'51 Euro 170S
'15 G63 AMG
'97 Jeep Wrangler Sport
'98 Dodge Durango SLT+ 5.9L Magnum V8
'96 Ford F350 7.3 PSD