For a while I've been thinking that I wasn't happy not having a spare tyre on the GT and relying Holts tyreweld so I decided to do a write up on this topic to help other GT owners.
A few weeks ago I bought myself a 156 space saver tyre with tool kit but I hit a stumbling block as the threaded rod was not long enough to screw and hold it down. I also notice that compare to the 147 you can put a full size tyre. I thought instead of keeping the space saver I might as well put a full size tyre, that way I'm not restricted to drive a maximum speed of 50mph specially if I'm travelling around Europe.
In my garage I have a set of 4 steel rims and a set of 15" alloy wheels with tyres gathering dust. The set of alloys was meant to be used during winter time and replace it with a set of winter tyres for my 147. Two of the tyres had really good thread so I went to my local tyre fitter and got them to remove and swap it into the steel rims.
Afterwards I went to Wickes and bought myself a 500mm M8 threaded rod and m8 wing nuts. I cut the rod 12-13cm to size and voila my customise rod tyre holder
. Here is the list of items and cost to do the job.
Steel rims - Free
Tyres - Free
Washer - Free
swapping tyres to rims - £5
156 space saver with tool kit - £15
Rod and wing nuts - £6
For a total sum of my £26 I got myself full size tyre with tool kit and knowing I feel more safer specially I will be taking the GT for the first GT meet to Preston and Alfa Spring Day next month.
Picture 1 - Inserted the rod with wing nut
Picture 2 - 15" steel wheel full size tyre
Picture 3 - Added tool kit with washer
Picture 4 - secured with wing nut
Picture 5 - gap between the wheel and cover