that is what my focus took.
Thanks for steering me to the Focus. A visiting relative happened to rent a 2014 Focus at the airport, so I was able to check that spare and it's a perfect fit! I mounted it on my Bird to confirm. The Focus tire is T125/80/R16.
According to an online tire calculator, the difference in diameter between that and my original T125/90/R15 is only 0.01" and difference in revs/mile is -0.56, so they're pretty much the same.
The problem now is, I can't find a dealer that stocks even a 2014 Focus spare. You'd think this year's
model would be supported, but nope.
One dealer told me they might be able to special order the wheel, but said I'm on my own in finding a tire for it.
The 2014 Focus spare tire is Maxxis brand and I discovered they still make the tire -- $144 shipped! The steel wheel alone is $175!
Clearly, automobile manufacturers don't wish to be bothered about a spare tire issue once the original has been used.
I haven't found any salvage yards with a 2014 spare, either. Earlier Focus years use a 4-bolt hub, though I've seen 2013 wheels that are 5-bolt and even 6-bolt, so I'm not sure when Ford changed to the 5-bolt.
Even if I find a recent one, there's no way to be certain whether it was ever used and if so, how many miles were put on it and how fast it was driven.
One other thing to note is..The spare wheel and tire had to be purchased separately..So the Ford Part Numbers I provided are for the wheel only..
Thanks for the info.
I found the Ford part number for the T125/90/R15 tire on a BMW forum, of all places. It's 9OO459970 and retails for $43.95.
The two USA dealers that I found listing it on their sites (discounted) told me they don't stock it. One vendor said they might be able to special order it (10-20 days) but couldn't tell me the tire's date of manufacture.
I don't know when the tire companies stopped making this size, but I'm not interested in wasting time and money only to discover that a "brand new" tire is 10 years old (for example).
It's beginning to look like if I can't find a new, late model Focus spare for a reasonable price, I might be better off just getting a used alloy wheel and normal, new tire. It would cost less and I wouldn't have to concern myself with speed or mileage limitations. The only problem is I'd have to modify the spare cover or build a new one from scratch.
It's hard to tell from your pic, but it seems as though I might have to elevate the cover even with the optional 6" spare. (?)
Is there room for the jack and lug wrench to be stored with the optional 6" spare, or must it be inverted as pictured?
If I'm going to have to put the jack & wrench in a box and somehow secure it elsewhere in the trunk (or keep it behind a bucket seat), I may as well go with a normal wheel/tire -- unless the cover in fact sits flush over the optional spare like it does with the space-saver spare and I can find a good deal on the optional spare wheel/tire.
Out of curiosity, I weighed the wheel/tire combos:
stock 15" alloy wheel/tire: 41 lbs. 12.4 oz. (balance weight, slight debris in treads, heavy brake dust, road grime included)
stock 4" spare (no air, obviously): 26 lbs. 11.8 oz.
2014 Focus 4" spare: 27 lbs. 11.0 oz.
Keeping a permanent load in the trunk of about 14 lbs. over design specs shouldn't cause problems.
However, according to the tire calculator, the 215/70/R15 is 2.99" larger diameter than the 125/90/R15. I think the spare well will accommodate the 215, but it will ride up on the sides, in turn making it further encroach on available trunk space.