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After removing the spare tire to secure the center brace on my subwoofer install, which gave me a chance to look at the mechanism, it's apparent that a full-size spare can be mounted down there. However, I couldn't really tell if this would hang down so low as to be a ground clearance issue, or just look stupid jutting out from beneath the bumper.

Has anyone tried this with an 08-09 model? I'd love to see a photo before hunting down a used alloy/tire. My concern about the compact spare is that, if I get a flat tire on a gravel road or out in the woods somewhere, driving on gravel the compact spare will probably chew it up pretty quickly.
 

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Since you go on gravel roads a lot, it might be better to hunt down a steel wheel and used tire combo so you don't ruin an alloy.

You can test the fitment by taking off one of your own wheels and seeing how it fits.
 
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