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Grounding with 17” spare wheel and Sparesafe

liaoyang

liaoyang

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I’ve badly grounded twice on drop kerbs after fitting a 17” spare wheel and a sparesafe. I was not heavily loaded, though admit I did pull away sharply. I initially thought it was a drawback of the sparesafe but it’s just occurred to me that the spare may be too wide. It’s a 235/45 r17 and I guess it should be a 215/60 r17 which is 20mm thinner but can anyone confirm what size VW supply. Also, has anyone experienced this issue?

My next job is trying to straighten and remove the bolt as the sparesafe has twisted.it.
 
Meoncoast

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Our T5 came with 235 55 17s . Our T6 came with 215 60 17 main tyres and spare (the 215's I have since changed to 235s) Only ever grounded the safe lock once which was the 215s
 
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WelshGas

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I’ve badly grounded twice on drop kerbs after fitting a 17” spare wheel and a sparesafe. I was not heavily loaded, though admit I did pull away sharply. I initially thought it was a drawback of the sparesafe but it’s just occurred to me that the spare may be too wide. It’s a 235/45 r17 and I guess it should be a 215/60 r17 which is 20mm thinner but can anyone confirm what size VW supply. Also, has anyone experienced this issue?

My next job is trying to straighten and remove the bolt as the sparesafe has twisted.it.
I have 235 x 55 x 17 steel spare. Never grounded anything. 4Motion and standard suspension. Always loaded apart from water.
 
Bellcrew

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I’ve badly grounded twice on drop kerbs after fitting a 17” spare wheel and a sparesafe. I was not heavily loaded, though admit I did pull away sharply. I initially thought it was a drawback of the sparesafe but it’s just occurred to me that the spare may be too wide. It’s a 235/45 r17 and I guess it should be a 215/60 r17 which is 20mm thinner but can anyone confirm what size VW supply. Also, has anyone experienced this issue?

My next job is trying to straighten and remove the bolt as the sparesafe has twisted.it.
Might be worth checking the rear springs, they have been known to break.
 
Rich20

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I have 235 x 55 x 17 steel spare. Never grounded anything. 4Motion and standard suspension. Always loaded apart from water.
Same here but not 4 motion. Never grounded even when fully loaded.
 
AlanC

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Mine did with lower suspension.

Alan
 
Sandyvan

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Never grounded, even lowered -30mm 18" rims fully loaded bike rack on the tow bar with a spare safe.
 

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