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Old 08-26-2013, 03:37 AM
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Here is my spare tire. It was in the trunk when I bought the car. It small and light but I still have difficulty carrying it as it sits freely in the trunk. Mazda made no compartment for a spare tire. That 's inconvenient.

Try and see if you can find someone here on the forum who can sell you the spare tire mounting bracket for a good price. then it won't be sitting loose in your trunk
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:44 PM
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That looks good! The OEM Enkei spare weighs almost as much the OEM stock wheel, how much does that weigh?
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Do S1s and S2s use the same bracket?

I just bought a used 2009 with the R3 trim package and am a little sketched out about not having a spare. If someone near Oregon is looking to sell the bracket and/or donut for an S2, please PM me.

That said, I looked in the trunk where the mounting bracket is supposed to go, and that's where the Bose amplifier is mounted! Is there someone here on the boards that has both the Bose sound system option and a spare tire that confirm that they'll both fit? (The local dealership just hired a new parts guy who can't find his ńss with two hands. Calling him is useless.)

Also, the RX8 trunk is hardly what I'd call spacious to begin with. It's hard for me to tell from the pics that have been posted how far back the spare sits, how hard it is to get in and out, or how likely it is you'll ever fit anything larger than a toaster into the trunk with the spare mounted there.
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Originally Posted by JohnTheBastard View Post
Do S1s and S2s use the same bracket?

I just bought a used 2009 with the R3 trim package and am a little sketched out about not having a spare. If someone near Oregon is looking to sell the bracket and/or donut for an S2, please PM me.

That said, I looked in the trunk where the mounting bracket is supposed to go, and that's where the Bose amplifier is mounted! Is there someone here on the boards that has both the Bose sound system option and a spare tire that confirm that they'll both fit? (The local dealership just hired a new parts guy who can't find his ńss with two hands. Calling him is useless.)

Also, the RX8 trunk is hardly what I'd call spacious to begin with. It's hard for me to tell from the pics that have been posted how far back the spare sits, how hard it is to get in and out, or how likely it is you'll ever fit anything larger than a toaster into the trunk with the spare mounted there.
I've got a 2010 R3 the spare is an option and it does fit but uses alot of space, the bracket allows the spare to be (hung) on an angle and does not touch the bose amp.
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Originally Posted by JohnTheBastard View Post
Do S1s and S2s use the same bracket?

I just bought a used 2009 with the R3 trim package and am a little sketched out about not having a spare. If someone near Oregon is looking to sell the bracket and/or donut for an S2, please PM me.

That said, I looked in the trunk where the mounting bracket is supposed to go, and that's where the Bose amplifier is mounted! Is there someone here on the boards that has both the Bose sound system option and a spare tire that confirm that they'll both fit? (The local dealership just hired a new parts guy who can't find his ńss with two hands. Calling him is useless.)

Also, the RX8 trunk is hardly what I'd call spacious to begin with. It's hard for me to tell from the pics that have been posted how far back the spare sits, how hard it is to get in and out, or how likely it is you'll ever fit anything larger than a toaster into the trunk with the spare mounted there.
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Not near you, but he might ship. Pretty cheap.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:09 PM
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Thanks guys!
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinande View Post
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Not near you, but he might ship. Pretty cheap.
That picture is missing the "A" brackets. They are most likely still attached to the car. People tend to forget they're part of the kit ("B" brackets attach to the "A" brackets, which attach to the car through holes in the lining).

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Originally Posted by maskedferret View Post
That picture is missing the "A" brackets. They are most likely still attached to the car. People tend to forget they're part of the kit ("B" brackets attach to the "A" brackets, which attach to the car through holes in the lining).
Ooh, good catch. Thanks!

I'm also still not 100% certain whether 2004-08 models use the same mounting bracket as 2009-11. I called the local Mazda dealership with the part number (FE01 V8 360) off the instruction manual and they still couldn't tell me anything useful.
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Originally Posted by JohnTheBastard View Post
Ooh, good catch. Thanks!

I'm also still not 100% certain whether 2004-08 models use the same mounting bracket as 2009-11. I called the local Mazda dealership with the part number (FE01 V8 360) off the instruction manual and they still couldn't tell me anything useful.
yes they do mount the same.
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That's what happened to me, the seller traded in his R3 and left the mounts for the bracket with the car, so I just have the spare on the trunk floor; but hey, for $10, why not



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That's what happened to me, the seller traded in his R3 and left the mounts for the bracket with the car, so I just have the spare on the trunk floor; but hey, for $10, why not


holy **** thats cheap
I paid like $100 for used.
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It sat in Craigslist for three weeks at $20. When he changed the price for $10, he responded to my email and I picked it up the following morning. I was about to pay $120 for one, also, from a member here the same week.Not mounted, nevertheless, I'm happy I have one.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:56 PM
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At the speeds we reach in these cars, I'd never use a plug for more than just getting somewhere to get a new tire. If I ever go on a long trip, I'll think about getting a spare. Until then, I'll just hope nothing happens to my tires. I prefer to have trunk space in case I need it.
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Last one I saw, the guy wanted $100, and was not willing to take a cent less than that!
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hey r u still selling the spare tire??
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Originally Posted by moneymikepr21 View Post
hey r u still selling the spare tire??
I believe no one is selling the optional spare tire in this thread. Use the SEARCH option or go into the FS thread section.

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Old 02-08-2014, 07:07 AM
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how much r u selling it for??
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[QUOTE=Leesha;3959626]I have one and don't even use it cause it takes up too much space and I need all my trunk space. I have the original one that come with my car.[/Q
how much r u selling ur spare for??
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I think the "preferred" spare might be the bright yellow one, because it might be a bit lighter than the others. Harder to find, of course.
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Bottom line first: The compact spares from the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6, model years 2010 forward fit RX8s, at least they fit S1s. I picked up a compact spare from a 2010 Mazda 3 for a total of $11.98 and it fits my 2008 RX8.

Forgive me if this is old news. I once owned an RX7, but I'm new to the RX8, so this word might be well-traveled. In addition to a 2008 RX8, I own a 2010 Mazda 3 Sport. With a tape measure I checked the bolt pattern on my RX8 wheels and the that of the compact spare in my Mazda 3 and they appeared to be the same. So I tried mounting the spare from my Mazda 3 onto my RX8 and it fit (see photo). So I went to an area salvage yard and purchased a compact spare from a Mazda 3 for a total of $11.98. The tire has never been on the ground and does not appear to be dry rotted. When I searched the inventory of the salvage yard online for the spare, the results for a search of that spare also returned Mazda 6s on the yard, so I presume the spares on those Mazda 3s and Mazda 6s are interchangeable.

As to mounting the spare in my trunk, I did it easily and securely with a couple of bungee cords (see the other photo). I hooked the cords in two holes on the upper part of the trunk sort of near the rear speakers in the cabin. I ran the cords in an X pattern under the spare and hooked the other ends in a slot in the aft portion of the upper trunk. For additional secureness, I added two shorter bungee cords running from the center hole of the spare to the same aft slot that in which the longer cords are hooked. I think the first two cords would hold it fine, but I added the other two to tighten things up a little.

I should point out that I got a little noise from the front hooks on the two long cords when I hit a bump. So I went back and put a small, old towel over the front hooks and re-hooked them ( I ran one small towel over both hooks). This eliminated the noise.

Shopping bags still drop into the trunk easily with the bungee-mounted spare in position. But there's no way a suitcase of any size would go into the trunk with the spare sitting where it is. I'll have to put suitcases or coolers on the back seat or remove the spare to haul them in the trunk.

By the way, I would be surprised if this compact spare weighs even 30 pounds. I carried it under one arm out of pick-you-own-part salvage yard and I'm not big guy. Somebody can look up the weight, but I was surprised by how light it is.

One more thing--prior to model year 2010, Mazda 3 spares are 15"-17". From 2010-13, they are 16"-17". From 2014-16, they are 16"-18". Spares for 2009 back might work, but you might want to stick to 2010 forward to be on the safe side.




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