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Apparently Ford have changed the Alloy spare wheel in the XR series to a steel wheel.

Bit of a bugger really....

Does anyone know if the SS Commodore still has a spare alloy wheel? or are they steel as well???
 

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Back in the days when the 17'' were an option you had the choice.

Now that the alloys are standard you no longer have an option???
 

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My understanding is alloy is still standard on AU2. Maybe Tony or David F. can tell us if this is the case. If they've gone to steel it would be an unsavoury cost cutting issue, however look at the gain of 20kW. Ford has to pull cost out of the car somehow. My gripe would be not having the option to order five (always a good thing in case wheels get scratched, buckled etc).
 

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Sorry, but if I'm paying $50k for an XR8, I want an alloy spare. For the base cars I think it's ok but not for the XR's and T's. Jusy my 2c...
 

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I only orederd four when I got mine. The deal stretched me to the limit and I felt I needed all the options that I had selected. The fifth wheel had to go and I did regret it later. Although I have never had to use it, it would have been handy if I had ever damaged a wheel slightly
 

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Yeah i don't think a spare alloy is necessary, i mean how often do punctures occur???? At least we don't have that crappy space saver tyre, looks like the wheel of the old citroen. :eek: imagine puttin power to the ground with that :CraZ: :CraZ:
 

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Okay - 200kW cars have five alloys. The 220s are reverting back to steel spare. Damn!!!!!!!! Holden sell SS with five alloys so this is gonna be more money again. Bugger! (oh sorry, can't use that line, it's Toyota stuff).
 

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Not sure I would be too upset on this one. I think the Falcon matches up well in most areas that really make a difference in the fight for the new buyers dollar
 

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Yeah i have to agree with HSE2, we've bridged the gap to holden on the key things. But if they go to citroen wheel i'll be annoyed..
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HSE2 said:
Not sure I would be too upset on this one. I think the Falcon matches up well in most areas that really make a difference in the fight for the new buyers dollar
Look I agree. It's just that it would have been nice to know. Real enthusiasts pay attention to these details. One bonus of the steel spare is more boot room.
 

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Just thought of something (he he he)

I've optioned the Premium Brakes which if I am not mistaken require the 17 inch rims (says so in the brochure). That means the 16 inch steelie will not fit. This could be a loophole that means the brakes are a good bet after all. The 5th alloy must be part of the option.

Volvo used to get away with this when you optioned the big brakes because the jacking point was at the CofG on the car. Hence you had to put the smaller wheel at the back every time. Ford would have to supply two jacks.

Maybe I'm on the wrong track here.... Maybe I'm onto them too!
 

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Aussie Pete said:

Look I agree. It's just that it would have been nice to know. Real enthusiasts pay attention to these details. One bonus of the steel spare is more boot room.
I don't doubt that people will see the difference but I question if it will make much of a difference. How do you come to the conclusion of more boot space with the steel wheel?
 

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How do you come to the conclusion of more boot space with the steel wheel?
The 17 inch and 18 inch rims are wider so they sit above the level of the surrounding boot floor. The steel rims are thinner with 205 tyres so they sit flush. Hence height is the issue.
 

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Ahhh yeah, good point there Pete, no use havin a spare if it ain't gonna fit "clicks" <-using pritesh quote there.
Hmmm maybe you'll get your spare alloy after all, or they have to give one to you, but beware it will be a prized possesion..
 

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Ahhh yeah, good point there Pete, no use havin a spare if it ain't gonna fit "clicks" <-using pritesh quote there.
Hmmm maybe you'll get your spare alloy after all, or they have to give one to you, but beware it will be a prized possesion..
Tickford Tony; if you are reading this you are not reading the email I sent you. Get to work! :wink2: :eek: ;)
 

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Aussie Pete said:

The 17 inch and 18 inch rims are wider so they sit above the level of the surrounding boot floor. The steel rims are thinner with 205 tyres so they sit flush. Hence height is the issue.
I have put 17' in the spare well of mine and have not noticed the intrusion at all. I don't doubt 18" would though.
 

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Well in my wagon i got 15's but the alloy 15's are 7inch wide rims and 215 wide tyre and it bulges when i put it in.

Buggger, Novell is chuckin a spat sayin server it nearly outta disk space, bloody annoying, could it be tooo much ford forum posting??? :WH: :WH: :WH:
 

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IMO ALLOY SPARE WHEELS ARE GOOD FOR NOT MUCH EXCEPT GOING MISSING. BEING A PARTS SELLER TO REPAIRERS WHO SPECIALISE IN STOLEN & RECOVERED THAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT GOES MISSING..FINALLY MY FIRST POST ON FF. BON IS REALLY DEAD!
 

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jaytyn said:
Apparently Ford have changed the Alloy spare wheel in the XR series to a steel wheel.

Bit of a bugger really....

Does anyone know if the SS Commodore still has a spare alloy wheel? or are they steel as well???
but what does this mean?

Bigger fuel tank???

I recon the smaller spare is better, at least you can now run a second exhaust out the left hand side as well!!!
 

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I am going to go pull the golf gear out and have a look myself.

I have 330 mm front rotors and 16" wont fit anymore so I think there might be a chance that the spare might be 17''
However it wouldn't surprise me to find out the you would have to remove a rear wheel first in the event of a front failure and still have a 16 spare!
 
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