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Radi0chik
11-06-2012, 12:23 AM
I didn't like the idea of not having a spare tire in my Abarth, despite having the wonderful can of goop and an air compressor. I still wanted an old-fashioned wheel. So my brother and I got busy and I figured I'd post pics of what we came up with. Granted I have a rear-seat-delete already, so if you want to keep your back seats intact, you may need to find another way to do this. Otherwise, remove the two bolts under the back seat, and create something similar to what we did, and voila! you have the mount!
The wheel/tire is a take-off from a Pop model that wanted upgraded wheels. I got it for a song. Square tubing, and some random other bits, plus some welding and paint, made this mount match the rest of the car nicely!

Pics:

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Robert Nixon
11-06-2012, 12:01 PM
That looks really well done! Does it make the inside of the car smell like new rubber? :clap:

Radi0chik
11-06-2012, 04:15 PM
Actually it smells more like paint at the moment :D

deathshead
11-14-2012, 11:10 PM
Still absolutely retarded that they did not do a shallow vacuformed spare well in these cars, there is plenty of room plus keep it strong. Check out the golf r spare tire well.

deathshead
11-14-2012, 11:12 PM
http://www.vwvortex.com/features/project-cars/superbeetle/super-beetle-cutting-and-splicing/attachment/vwvortex-super-beetle-077/


2012 beetle left, golf R right,

Fiat500USA
11-15-2012, 02:35 AM
http://www.vwvortex.com/features/project-cars/superbeetle/super-beetle-cutting-and-splicing/attachment/vwvortex-super-beetle-077/


2012 beetle left, golf R right,

There was not a lot of room left once they got done redesigning and reinforcing the rear of the car for the much more severe US rear crash tests, the rear EVAP plumbing and the redesigned fuel tank and filler tube. It was a trade-off they had to make.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-K8lxZ99WI58/UKSDAo5sgeI/AAAAAAAAOTc/r2GFzFTPGOo/s640/Fiat500USA-Event%2520102.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5EcEUx87nas/UKSDRi6yYmI/AAAAAAAAOTk/g1-PPTkZK7A/s640/Fiat500USA-Event%2520099.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o0yP3pMwKpE/UKSD51UXzXI/AAAAAAAAOT4/Ym33A1Tc4D4/s640/Fiat500USA-Event%2520194.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Amuusw-lZhA/TQ9gvHk0gII/AAAAAAAAEzM/BbnhbXXnmtE/s640/Fiat500USA-Fiat_500_Spare_Tire.jpg

Pinecone
11-15-2012, 10:24 AM
This is my third car that came without a spare.

And in the cars with a spare, I have not used a spare in some 20 years.

Nothing like carrying around that extra weight and taking up space for something you don't use.

deathshead
11-15-2012, 10:32 AM
This is my third car that came without a spare.

And in the cars with a spare, I have not used a spare in some 20 years.

Nothing like carrying around that extra weight and taking up space for something you don't use.

Good point!, but I wish they were atleast able to have some kind of well in there, to store stuff like a fire extinguisher, etc.
I thought thought there was somthing under there, kind of like the Euro version that has a styrofoam filler panel with just a jackhandle in it.

If you open the hatch, pull up the carpet and knock on it with your knuckle its not very thick in the middle..

Mini Cord
11-15-2012, 01:03 PM
But, did you check if the steel rim fits the front?

As far as I know, 15 inch will not fit the Abarth, only 16 and up.

Zack Hurst
11-15-2012, 01:33 PM
But, did you check if the steel rim fits the front?

As far as I know, 15 inch will not fit the Abarth, only 16 and up.

Not sure if it supports what you say or not, but tirerack.com doesn't give an option for 15" at all for the Abarth

Pinecone
11-15-2012, 03:57 PM
From reports, SOME 15" wheels do fit. But not all.

Radi0chik
11-15-2012, 07:13 PM
hmm no, I ASSUMED since the parts guy sold it to me, it would. However I'll go home tonight, and test it. :D I'd hate to find it out the hard way when I needed it! :)

Radi0chik
11-18-2012, 11:42 PM
Update: Checked the wheel, it does NOT fit the front. Brakes rub on it. However it DOES fit the back with no problems. So I guess if I ever get a flat on the front, I can move a back wheel to the front, and put the spare on the back. Or go find a 16" wheel :)

MAZ
11-21-2012, 07:09 PM
Still absolutely retarded that they did not do a shallow vacuformed spare well in these cars, there is plenty of room plus keep it strong. Check out the golf r spare tire well.
100%

When I got my car home, I started to hunt down where they kept the spare. As a VW guy, First thing I did was pull back the rear trunk carpet to reveal my spare and kit to only become utterly shocked there was no wheel well under the carpet....
I nearly want to cut a hole out in the trunk and make one.