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    modern spare


    The simplest answer would be; necessity.

    Modern Spare was born when I recognized a real need. I’m a passionate car enthusiast.  I love to spend time working on and of course, driving my C5 Corvette. This car was not originally equipped with a spare tire and, although I spent a lot of time looking for a good spare tire solution, no proper spare tire kits were available.

    On two separate occasions, while driving other cars, I found myself with a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. I had spotty cell phone service and was nearly 70 miles from the closest service station.

    Thankfully both cars had spare tires but these experiences left me feeling uneasy. I knew I’d be unprepared traveling in my Corvette. 

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    A few years ago, I had the chance to participate in a club road trip with some fellow Corvette owners. Our chosen route included several long stretches with very few service stations and little if any cell phone coverage. We knew how disastrous a simple tire failure could be for our schedule and the group’s overall enjoyment of the trip.

    Like other Corvette owners, I considered purchasing a full-size tire and wheel but it is known to be very cumbersome and just not practical. Even for cars with more than enough trunks space, this is not a permanent solution.

    Furthermore, I learned that the problem of car manufacturers no longer supplying spare tires is not exclusive to Corvettes. Many late model performance cars, family cars, and even all the current Tesla models are no longer equipped with spare tires. Not to mention, the spare tire alternatives they do offer are barely adequate. 

    Modern Spare – Spare Wheel & Tire Kits Supplier

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    tire case repair wheel and spare tire kit cases 2016-2017 Chevrolet Camaro Complete Kit – ZL1

    Having a background in product development, I was curious as to why no aftermarket options were yet available and wondered; why can’t a spare tire be as modern and advanced as the modern cars they fit?

    I soon learned there are significant challenges in developing a proper and practical spare tire kit. To design a truly modern spare tire solution, there are dozens of factors we had to consider. There is more to it than simply bolting on a wheel that happens to fit. A wheel design must have adequate brake clearance, have precisely accurate bolt patterns, have the correct wheel and correct tire diameters, just to name a few.

    The challenge: Can we take all these factors into consideration, build exceptional quality into a space-saving spare, and ensure that our design is safe for the sophisticated drive train of your modern car? Not wanting to back down from this challenge, a team of automotive engineers and wheel experts came together and we got busy.

    We began by assembling a variety of vehicles and over the course of 9 months. We used them to test and tweak our design for a viable space-saver wheel. After many variations and months of testing, we ended up with an ultra-strong  18×4 aluminum alloy space-saver wheel that fits as it should and is right for your car.   

    Because we strive to build exceptional high-quality into our products, we partnered with an industry leading alloy wheel manufacturer. They produce our exclusive Modern Spare space-saver wheel to hold the stringent DOT and European TUV certifications and exceed our rigid quality-control standards.

    With our perfected design in-hand, we then re-examined every aspect of the conventional spare tire kit and identified ways to improve them. When car makers did supply spare tire kits with your car, it’s safe to say, they were not ideal. The tires, referred to as ‘donuts” were the weak spot and are made strictly for temporary traveling of no more than 50 miles and a maximum of 50 mph. We removed these restrictions by pairing our kits with a special reinforced Maxxis space-saver tire which allows you the needed travel distance and at highway speeds up to 81 mph. This is truly a winning combination but we didn’t stop there. We thought, “let’s put as much thought into the tools and accessories used for changing a tire as we have in the spare itself.

    We developed a unique heavy duty scissor jack for low profile cars.  To make it easy to use we added a ratcheting handle that allows you to utilize its own leverage to easily lift your car.  To make sure stubborn lug nuts don’t keep you stranded, our complete kit includes an extendable breaker bar type lug wrench with sockets to fit four lug nut sizes. 

    For newer cars without a dedicated storage space, we have carefully designed our reinforced carrying case to hold the entire kit while using minimal trunk space.  

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    Bottom line, we are a company that cares about our reputation of building excellence into every product we offer. Our goal is to exceed your expectations for good service.

    You may be a passionate car enthusiast, a person who relies heavily on dependable transportation or you may be someone wanting additional peace of mind as you travel. You can drive with confidence with your Modern Spare kit.

    Should you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you!  Whether it’s assistance choosing the right kit for your car, special orders for cars not shown in our line-up or assistance with placing an order, feel free to drop us a line.  (801) 896-3395 or via email – info@modernspare.com