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Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Mon May 10, 2021 5:49 pm

Anybody ever hear of these guys?
https://ezsparewheel.com/

I will note that if I calculate the theoretical outside diameter of my P205/55R16 tires, I get 24.878 inches, which matches the 24.9 inch outside diameter of the spare they show for a 2018 Leaf. Whereas, some other donut spares I've seen in my research show a significantly smaller overall diameter.

And it's supposed to be lighter in weight than a regular steel donut rim. Assuming it's any good.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Mon May 10, 2021 6:06 pm

hbquikcomjamesl wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 5:49 pm
Anybody ever hear of these guys?
https://ezsparewheel.com/

I will note that if I calculate the theoretical outside diameter of my P205/55R16 tires, I get 24.878 inches, which matches the 24.9 inch outside diameter of the spare they show for a 2018 Leaf. Whereas, some other donut spares I've seen in my research show a significantly smaller overall diameter.

And it's supposed to be lighter in weight than a regular steel donut rim. Assuming it's any good.
Looks like a pretty nice spare at $270 but as the boot of my Leaf is already too cramped for my taste it would be a non-starter for me :)
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Mon May 10, 2021 6:19 pm

I don't see how 35lbs plus the weight of the tire saves any weight.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 8:29 am

LeftieBiker wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 6:19 pm
I don't see how 35lbs plus the weight of the tire saves any weight.
Not sure where you're seeing "35 lbs plus the weight of the tire"; all I see is "30% lighter than the traditional steel donut spares."

My concern is that if it fails a test mounting, the "10-day money back guarantee" could be meaningless, depending on the cost of return shipping.

Some years ago, as part of renovations to my bathroom, I needed a new medicine cabinet. The kind that mounts entirely on the surface of the wall, below the mirror, with two sliding doors on the front. The kind that is virtually extinct today. Nothing wrong with the mirror itself, or the outer shell of the cabinet, but the entire interior was rusted out. On a rather confusing website called "homeclick," I bought what I thought was a new mirror with that type of medicine cabinet. What arrived was just the mirror. They were happy to supply me with an RMA number. Probably because they knew that as soon as I saw that I'd spend more on return shipping than I'd be getting back in the refund, the RMA number would never get used.

I ultimately ended up disassembling my mirror/medicine cabinet unit, cutting the rusted-out cabinet interior free, and fabricating a new interior from stainless steel (and I had to fabricate a crude bending brake in order to do it). And the mirror, still in the box it was shipped in, remains in my office to this day, a reminder to make damn sure I don't buy another expensive white elephant with an even more expensive return shipping cost.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 12:44 pm

Not sure where you're seeing "35 lbs plus the weight of the tire"; all I see is "30% lighter than the traditional steel donut spares."
35lbs was there in the specs for the rim. Once you put in the make/model info, this comes up:
Tire Size Diameter Weight Max psi Max Load Speed Rating
125/80R17 24.9” x 4.9” 35.5 lbs 40 psi 1390 lbs 55 mph
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 1:00 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 12:44 pm
35lbs was there in the specs for the rim.
Oh, yes, of course. But given that the dimensions rather obviously include the tire, it seems likely to me that the weight also includes the tire.

But I've got an email out to the EZ Spare people, about the matter of return shipping in case I have to collect on the 10-day money-back guarantee. Along with the reason (i.e., the medicine cabinet story) why I'm paranoid about such things.

And I'll also note that when I made that cardboard test disk, to check for fit, I made it a full inch larger in diameter than the calculated outside diameter of a full-size tire, and the listed diameter of the donut. And so it should fit quite easily, standing on edge. I think I can come up with a stand for it, that will also keep the portable charger in place (the attach point for the portable charger bag on the side of the trunk seems to be more-or-less bovine scat).
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 1:03 pm

Oh, yes, of course. But given that the dimensions rather obviously include the tire, it seems likely to me that the weight also includes the tire.
It states elsewhere that the rim is sold without a tire. I think that those specs that seem to be for a tire are actually a recommendation for what type of tire to use. Since tires don't all weight the same, I disagree that the 35lbs includes a tire.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 4:14 pm

I just heard back from one of the owners of the company. It is as I understood it; dimensions, weight, and price include the wheel and tire. And the purchaser is only liable for return shipping if the problem is something silly, like not being able to store it where you wanted to. Not if it simply doesn't fit when test-mounted.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 4:52 pm

I sit corrected. I don't know where it was I thought I saw that they were selling the rim without tire, but they do say in several places that they are including a tire. I should have taken more time to read more of the site. 35lbs still seems a bit heavy for a wheel with a tire that are smaller than OEM and not rated for normal use.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of "EZ Spare"

Tue May 11, 2021 5:11 pm

And assuming the 35 pounds includes the tire, the retail cost of return shipping (California to Georgia) drops by about $20-30 (for Parcel Post). Of course, even the numbers I was getting earlier (over $120) weren't nearly as ridiculous as that damn bathroom mirror. (Ever since then, there's been a Post-It Note on my computer screen, with the name of the vendor from that fiasco. Just to remind me [1] not to do business with that vendor, and [2] to always consider the possibility of having to send a purchase back.

I figure I'll be able to buy the thing sometime in June. Assuming I don't hear anything bad about them between now and then.
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