what i got is 4 oem wheels and tires on and and 1 more extra oem wheel and tire in my balcony. i keep the spare in the trunk so if one of my tires goes out or my wheel gets bent (again -_-), i got an extra one and i can get the other fixed.
I voted spare tire hands down without a doubt. that sealant/goop stuff is a total joke. like others have said, if you have a blow out with anything larger than the size of a nail. you are screwed and forced to call a tow truck. the only reason they are doing this sealant stuff is to save themselves money and cut down on the weight of the vehicle. mostly to save the company money though. This is just a phase that prolly won't last long. people will get fed up with that crap and demand having a spare tire again.
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oh and I forgot to mention. A lot of the time when you install the tire goop stuff. it automatically makes the tire junk and unrepairable. even if it would have been able to be repaired before. and it also voids warranty on some tires that have that option. so now you are looking at having to purchase a new tire when it could have been repaired. and then on top of that, it is best not to only buy one tire, you should buy at least 2 tires at a time (one set per axle) so yeah it's a joke haha
I voted spare. I worked at tire shop for a few years and saw the damage the sealer crap did to wheels and tires. That stuff will eat chrome of the wheel and makes it hard to patch the tire correctly. It can be patched it just takes more time and a lot more cleaning.
Spare tire for sure. Brian was right that using the foam can void some warranties on some aftermarket tires. It's no big deal if you are running the Goodyear Integrity tires that came on your Balt, as GM worked that with Goodyear before doing the foam in the car, but if you change tires you could void those warranties.
When GM built the XFEs they were looking to get every mpg they could out of non-hybrid vehicles. It worked well, and has led to the development of other XFEs such as the Silverado XFE. The spare tire was eliminated to save the weight, as it's heavier than a can of foam. My point is that not all things done for mpg are worth keeping that way.
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