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    No Spare Tire...

    New to Porsche and new to this site. Just purchased a 2007 Cayman S. No spare tire! I have always had a spare - either full size or baby tire. The inflator and goop will not always work. How does everyone handle this? Do you recommend something like AAA?

    Thanks!

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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    New to Porsche and new to this site. Just purchased a 2007 Cayman S. No spare tire! I have always had a spare - either full size or baby tire. The inflator and goop will not always work. How does everyone handle this? Do you recommend something like AAA?

    Thanks!
    Many cars have dispensed with the spare nowadays. Annoying, but these cars have no room for one anyhow.

    1. Roadside assistance like AAA is pretty cheap insurance for any type of breakdown. Highly recommend some form of it. I have coverage through my VISA card.
    2. I keep a tire plug kit in the car. Many punctures can be repaired on the spot. If I am going anywhere out of town, I bring a charged power pack which has a compressor and can also boost the car if required. I also carry a scissors jack.
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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    Get a good plug kit, I prefer the mushroom type plugs, a decent jack and anything else you may need to plug a tire properly.

    In some cases it’s easier to get a plug in the tire if you remove it from the car.

    https://www.partsheaven.com/product_...2121100n1b.htm

    Here’s what I carry Incase of a puncture, the long “ pin like object “ next to the razor knife is a “ tire locator pin “, you screw one or two of those into where the lug bolts would go - makes it some much easier to get the tire on.


    Here’s the plug kit I carry

    https://www.stopngo.com/pocket-tire-...ubeless-tires/
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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    New to Porsche and new to this site. Just purchased a 2007 Cayman S. No spare tire! I have always had a spare - either full size or baby tire. The inflator and goop will not always work. How does everyone handle this? Do you recommend something like AAA?

    Thanks!
    See the FAQ. Don't trust the part # or prices, its been 14 years. Or call Suncoast https://www.suncoastparts.com/product/CSTK.html

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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    The lack of a spare, which has become optional equipment on many cars today, is only half the issue. The other half is where to put the flat tire/wheel if you had a spare to mount. None of my passengers are particularly inclined to wait along side of the road until I return while I haul the flat in the passenger seat, nor are they inclined to try and hold the flat on their lap. It won't fit in the frunk and if squeezed into the trunk, the lid won't close. Hide it in the bushes? I'm not interested in doing that either, particularly if far from home. AAA and what has already been suggested are the only worthwhile options. I had fear of not having one but you'll get over it.
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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    Quote Originally Posted by Budman View Post
    Hid it in the bushes? I'm not interested in doing that either, particularly if far from home. AAA and what has already been suggested are the only worthwhile options. I had fear of not having one but you'll get over it.
    Noted in the FAQ. That was also discussed quite a bit back in the beginning around 2006/07. There is no place for the tire, especially the rear. I remember some people actually thinking about "hiding" it in the bushes!

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    For years I’ve driven around with the factory goop and a tire plug kit thinking I was covered with that.
    When I stay local with the car it’s probably enough, but what about a flat out on some backroads deserted highway in the great Northwest where I live?
    So I recently searched and found a used spare tire and tool kit, probably from a 986 or 996, and I will put this in my frunk whenever I take my CS out of town. I was very fortunate to find this entire kit for $75 locally from someone who was simply trying to get rid of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokayman View Post
    For years I’ve driven around with the factory goop and a tire plug kit thinking I was covered with that.
    When I stay local with the car it’s probably enough, but what about a flat out on some backroads deserted highway in the great Northwest where I live?

    So I recently searched for and found a used spare tire and tool kit, probably from a 986 or 996, and I will put this in my frunk whenever I take my CS out of town. I was very fortunate to find this entire kit for $75 locally from someone who was simply trying to get rid of it.
    Pics of the wheel/tire and styrofoam tool holder that fits into the recess in the wheel.
    It all fits into a factory vinyl bag for cleanliness.
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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    I've had this factory spare since '09 when I bought my '06 CS, transfrerred it to the '16 CGTS when I got it 3 years ago. I had occasion to use it on my CS immediately after buying it, only 1/2 mile from home. I keep it in the frunk on out-of-town trips, with a big garbage bag for the damaged tire. I also have a plug kit in my car, never had occasion to use it yet. If the worst happens and I need to mount the spare I'll put the flat in the trunk and tie the lid down so I can motor slowly to someplace I can get it repaired, or at least leave it in a secure place. I bought a scissors jack from a junk yard (came from a Mustang) that is almost identical to the Porsche one, then a few years later I found a genuine Porsche one on eBay and bought it, I have less than $150 in my spare and jack. The goop route would be my last choice, it destroys the TPMS sensor and the tire techs hate the stuff. AAA is a possibility, but service is spotty in less populated locations, so I'd much rather have some way to drive my car to the nearest town to begin my search for repairs. YMMV.

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    I have that in my trunk too. You also need a lug wrench. 19mm I think. I learned the hard way in a area without cell service.
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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    If you've got a 986 or 996 spare check the manufacture date of the tire. If original it would be 15+ years old. May work fine or may not. Half way between No and Where is not a good place to find out. A new tire isn't that expensive.
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    Get a Bluetooth TPMS sensors. You can't plug a tire that is damaged and a mess from being driven on with no air.

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    Does any one make a compact roof rack that can be kept in the trunk and used to carry a flat tire on if needed?

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    Re: No Spare Tire...

    Quote Originally Posted by KKiani View Post
    Does any one make a compact roof rack that can be kept in the trunk and used to carry a flat tire on if needed?
    I've had my Cayman about 5 years now and lack of a spare still makes me nervous. I've been driving about 50 years and have been disabled on the road maybe a dozen times, and all but one time it was tire related, once with a blow-out of a new tire that no amount of goop would have rescued. I have also been thinking about some kind of roof rack, but it is pricey. The feet and crossbars should not take up much space, but I think cost is around $400. You'd have to fabricate something to hold the tire, but that seems doable. Next time I pull the wheels off I thought I'd check and see if I could actually lift the tire high enough to get it up onto the roof - that may be the weak point.

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