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Hi all,

Currently running 225/65/17 tyres on the Rav 4.3, 4x4 but I need a spare, ( can of gunk jobbie, which I'm not happy with ) so on the lookout for a space saver.  What size is the "official"  space saver please ?

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The space saver that came with mine is 165/80D17. I believe that the 4.3 and 4.4 share the same rolling circumference so the same space saver can be used across the range irrespective of the original wheel size.

I've seen space savers advertised at 155/90/R17 as well and I'm pretty certain that those would be just fine too.

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I have a space saver for my 59 plate Rav which I got from a chap specialising in space savers on eBay which is 155/90 17 as stated above, have not had to use it yet but have fitted it to make sure it’s ok and it does seem fine.

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If you look up the various sizes on a tyre size calculator you will find that the  225/65/17 tyres that Les has have an effective diameter of 724 mm - you want the temporary spare to be pretty much the same size! 😉

  • A 155/90/17 would have a diameter of 711 mm - that's 1.8% smaller
  • A 165/80/17 would have a diameter of 696 mm - that's 3.9% smaller

So the 155/90/17s are actually a better fit, but both are perfectly within tolerance.

Both my RAVs - 4.3 and 4.4 - ran/run on 235/55/18 tyres which have an effective diameter of 716 mm - that's 1.1% smaller than Les's tyres. So a 155/90/17 would be 0.7% smaller than mine, while the 165/80/17 as supplied is 2.8% smaller than mine. Again, any of these sizes would be perfectly OK as a <50 mile, <50 mph get you home spare ...

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I take it you meant 155 not 115 ? Confused me that lol.

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6 hours ago, Grumpy stumpy said:

I take it you meant 155 not 115 ? Confused me that lol.

I do indeed! ... 😀

I'd edit it if I could but I've left it too late ...

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17 minutes ago, philip42h said:

I'd edit it if I could but I've left it too late .

Done

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7 minutes ago, FROSTYBALLS said:

Done

Thanks Frosty ... I made the same typo twice, so if you could get the second one as well ... ?  😀

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OK

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Hi Les.

After a chat with the main head office of Toyota they said to me even though Toyota don't approve of it people buy a 'normal' sized spare wheel, cost me £300 + for a wheel and even more for a Yokohama tyre and I just lay it in the boot horizontally but I have heard of people that stand the wheel vertically behind the  back seat and the metal bar curtain. So personally I have 5 proper wheels and matching tyres, handy if the Mrs scuffs one so I can swop it over and get the damaged one refurbed. I have a Rav 4.3.5 model.

Hope this helps, Mike169.

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Also means you can bring the spare into play when buying new tyres so you don't end up with the perishing space saver (in more ways than one!) after sveral years.

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