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Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

Can somebody tell me what is the difference between:
"Compact full-diameter spare tire" (standard on Laredo, Laredo E and Limited) and "Full-size spare tire" (standard Overland and Summit).

What is exactly "full-diameter"? I would imagine both spares are not the same as normal wheels. If they are the same diameter is the difference the actual tire width?

If somebody has any photos that could be posted it would be great.
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Think donut spare only the same diameter as the real wheels...a full size spare is the same tire as the others on a steel wheel.

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Re: Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

The full size spare is a slightly narrower OEM 18 inch tire on an 18 inch wheel, regardless of road wheel size. Compact is a donut same diameter but a lot narrower with a 50 mph speed limit.
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Re: Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

Got it, thanks a lot.
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Re: Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

You cannot tow with the donut spare. The full size spare is pretty much a regular tire/rim combo.
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Re: Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

The full size spare uses a sized tire 245/60/18 which is still smaller than the 265/60/18 size tire.
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Re: Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

Yep, just found this out - Thought that I had an un-repairable tire (at least at Firestone Store), took to a different company (who fixed the tire) and found out that the spare was a 245 and not a 265 (even a different brand). Tried to trade the spare to the tire dealer for a matching tire of brand and size and he told me since it was an off size tire that he did not want it and that the standard size tire (265) would not fit properly in the spare tire area - go figure
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Re: Compact vs Full Size Spare TIre

How is the 245/60 18 and off tire when it is the standard size for the 2011 up Ford Explorer with 18" the problem is its a Kumho. If you wanted to tires to match your other michelins then michelins has that same tire on the Equinox and Explorer.
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