Spare me

On of the things that many are not aware of is that the Ferrari F355 does not normally come with a spare wheel. Nope, not even a space saver! When you think about it, it is a rare occurrence when you actually need a spare so it makes sense to leave it out of the car since it reduces the overweight which provides better performance.

However, I have only ever driven cars with a spare so I always found it a little perturbing that the F355 didn’t have one. So the easiest solution to overcome this nagging doubt was to buy one.

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The spare that suits the F355 is a space saver as shown above. It lives in the front trunk of the car. Now there is apparently a brace that you can install in the car as shown below:

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to hold the spare firm. Apparently that assembly is quite hard to find and when I took a look in my car I could easily see where it should be installed. I’ll have to have a closer look when the car is outside in sunshine one day.

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Obviously to change the spare you also need a jack and wrench. These come in a kit, as shown above, that I also purchased to give myself piece of mind.

The other thing that you need to beware of when you purchase a spare and jack is that it adds weight to the nose of the car. I noticed this only after driving around after putting then in the car and finding that the car scrapes more over driveways. Will need to be even more careful now when entering and existing driveways.

Now the spare and the jack are not cheap, but then again nothing on the F355 is cheap. That said however, I see the spare and jack as more than just piece of mind I see them as adding value to car if (heaven forbid) I ever decide to sell it. This is because the spare and jack are becoming harder and harder to source, so getting one now should certainly add value to the car overtime. I suppose we’ll see on that score but for the time being, having a spare and jack are worth every penny simply in my books for the piece of mind they provide when I’m out and about with the car.

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