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What spare tire size for my 96 legacy wagon?

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So I put some 205/55/16 wrx wheels on my 96 legacy l wagon, and need to find a spare tire that is the same diameter and will fit in the spare tire compartment in the hatch.  I used to be able to carry a full sized spare with the 14's, but I tried one of the 205/55/16's and the diameter fit perfect, but the width was to thick and the lid won't close.  The factory spare/donut is over an inch smaller diameter than the 205/55/16.  I figure that's not good on the AWD  if I have to go very far on it...  I thought, just get a factory spare from a 2002-04 wrx, but they appear to be the same size as the one I have (T135/70/D16)?

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You could still use the donut if need be. Just put the donut on the rear axle, and insert a fuse into the FWD fuse holder under the hood. Inserting the fuse, changes the car to front wheel drive only.

 

Once tire is repaired, and all 4 tires are the same size again, then pull the fuse to have all wheel drive operational again.

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If you rip the foam blocks off the bottom of the cover over the spare does it sit down low enough? I put an outback size spare in my 96 and it fits pretty close. Had to re-arrange one of the tabs at the back that holds the spare cover up.

 

A 195-70-14 should be pretty close and still fit in the spare tire well.

 

Tire size calculator here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tirecalc.php?tires=205-55r16-195-70r14

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Thank you, for all of the replies!  Great thoughts.  I'm gonna check to see if I can take out some foam or anything to make it fit, and if not I'll find an outback spare or a 195-70-14!  Sorry for the slow response, got busy....

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