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If you own a 453 Good Luck finding a decently priced hitch here in the US. Most have been CUSTOM made. $$$$
I believe you can order a hitch for the 453 model from Europe and have it shipped here, again $$$$
 

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The hitch from Europe is not a receiver hitch so won’t work with the spare tire carrier. I would like one on my 453 but will probably have to get it custom made.
 

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Would the minispare from a gen 1 Honda Insight work?

It has the 4x100 bolt pattern and the standard size wheels/tires for the gen 1 Insight were:

165/65R14 5.5JJx14 ET45 4x100 M12 x 1.5 56.1

(from wheel-size.com)

and 453 (for smaller of front/back):

165/65R15 81T 5Jx15 ET32 4x100 M12 x 1.5

We aren't always driving near any help...

Thanks - if anyone knows the answer!

(from wheel-size.com)
 

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Would the minispare from a gen 1 Honda Insight work?

It has the 4x100 bolt pattern and the standard size wheels/tires for the gen 1 Insight were:

165/65R14 5.5JJx14 ET45 4x100 M12 x 1.5 56.1

(from wheel-size.com)

and 453 (for smaller of front/back):

165/65R15 81T 5Jx15 ET32 4x100 M12 x 1.5

We aren't always driving near any help...

Thanks - if anyone knows the answer!

(from wheel-size.com)
The Honda wheels that you mention have a 56.1mm central bore. The Smart 453 has a 60.1mm central bore. so the Honda wheel's central bore is 4mm too small in diameter and won't fit. Maybe use a Smart 453 front wheel as a spare?
 

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We have a few So Cal Smarties members who use a 453 front tire & wheel as a spare. You can wedge it in behind the passenger seat if you move it forward.
 

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Thank you guys for the information.

I was hoping... If we do it we'll try the front wheel/tire spare. It's not like the normal wheels/tires are exactly huge in size anyway - as you point out.

Thank you!
 

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Hello again,

I have been doing some work to try to find an "off the shelf mini-spare" as I would like an easy solution for a small spare (vs. full size front wheel and tire) and it seems others do as well.

I find that for the Nissan Versa it looks like a match.

For Nissan Versa:

Compact Spare Donut
15x4 125/70/15

Nissan Versa wheel-size.com specs are:

185/65R15
5.5Jx15 ET40
4x100
Center Bore: 60.1
Thread: M12 x 1.25

Our thread pitch is 1.5 vs. 1.25 - which should make no difference wrt the spare. Correct?

Would this compact spare work properly? Is there a problem because the offset is different somewhat?

Thoughts?

If this is good, then there are quite a few of these currently on eBay.
 

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In the UK we can get the 453 spacesaver tyre easy as it is available on Ebay UK, and also UK tyre shops. I am sure you should be able to get a spacesaver in the USA/Canada. I have bought mine from Ebay UK for £100, picture links below....Max speed of spacesaver is 50MPH and is temporary use only.
https://i.imgur.com/5rfvIUs.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/sqBTq8S.jpg

Installation, here are some pictures of my Fortwo, note it is RHD, so seats are other way around :D
Spacesaver wedged in behind the passenger seat, I bought a cover off Ebay to make it look neat...

Here is a view looking down to the handbrake between the seats...

VERY IMPORTANT...ensure for safety, that the spacesaver is tied down with nylon rope to the end of the seat runners....

Passenger Seat belt buckle just lies on the spacesaver....

Note that with this installation, the boot (trunk) is not affected and has full space available. The passenger seat will be slightly more forward than the drivers seat due to the spacesaver behind (about two or three inches). My wheel brace and jack is in a sports bag behind the drivers seat and is tied down. It also has scissors to cut the nylon rope when needed. Finally the spacesaver has to sit on top of a 2 inch high bump which is under the carpet, to remain flush with seat back and the small rear bulkhead. This bump is part of the metal floor pan used to allow the passenger side handbrake cable to exit underneath the cabin and go to the rear wheel. It is not affected by the spacesaver on top of the bump. Cheers Colin.
 
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