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Old 01-03-2012, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I've read in the 2009-2011 Pilot forum that I can replace the compact doughnut with a full size spare. We would like to do the same for our 2012 Touring 4WD. Can anyone confirm for me that a full size spare would also fit on the 2012 model? If so, can anyone recommend a place we could get the full size tire and wheel? We would like to go with the OEM touring wheels to retain the same look, would our local dealership be the best bet? If anyone has already replaced with a full size spare, pics are welcome. Thanks in advance!
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Hi All,

I've read in the 2009-2011 Pilot forum that I can replace the compact doughnut with a full size spare. We would like to do the same for our 2012 Touring 4WD. Can anyone confirm for me that a full size spare would also fit on the 2012 model? If so, can anyone recommend a place we could get the full size tire and wheel? We would like to go with the OEM touring wheels to retain the same look, would our local dealership be the best bet? If anyone has already replaced with a full size spare, pics are welcome. Thanks in advance!
I replaced mine after getting soaked in the rain last year changing a flat. The 2012 Pilot only had minor exterior changes. I'm sure the spare tire location/specs stayed the same from the '09. IMO, it's a waste of money if you're going to replace the spare with the same OEM touring wheels. For the price of the OEM wheel, you can get the steel wheel and Michellin tires together for less. The steel wheel is Made in Japan, which is also important. You can also order the TPMS sensor for the steel wheel. This will prevent your TPMS warning from popping up. Not necessary, but a matter of personal preference. I chose not to install it so I don't lag on having the bad wheel/tire fixed in a timely manner. I bought mine at College Hills Honda which was slightly cheaper than Bernardi Honda. Check with your dealer to see if they can match the price first before ordering online.
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Check your owner's manual to be sure (there is a paragraph or two about a full-size spare, recommend when towing, in the spare tire section), but I'm fairly certain babymsv is correct.

You have to remove a spacer that is held in by a couple of bolts. It's a 10 minute affair, tops. I picked up a used Ridgeline steel wheel and had one of my older Goodyear Forteras mounted to it. I'm very glad I did - the Pilot handles like a pig on the donut.
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the Pilot handles like a pig on the donut.
It sure does! Makes me wonder how Honda got away with this considering the potential hazards presented with the donut.
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I recently purchased a reconditioned Honda OEM steel wheel from autopartsfair.com.

Search Parts For 2009 Honda Pilot In Wheels / Rims / Covers Store - Auto Parts Fair

They only list steel wheels for the 2009 Pilot, however this wheel will also fit 2010-2011. It's a 17" wheel so it won't fit a '12 Pilot.

Total price shipped was $66. I highly recommend autopartsfair.com; great prices, quality product and fast shipping (arrived 3 days after placing order)!
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[QUOTE=Guile;383499]I recently purchased a reconditioned Honda OEM steel wheel from autopartsfair.com.

Search Parts For 2009 Honda Pilot In Wheels / Rims / Covers Store - Auto Parts Fair

They only list steel wheels for the 2009 Pilot, however this wheel will also fit 2010-2011. It's a 17" wheel so it won't fit a '12 Pilot.

Are you sure about not fitting the 2012? The LX comes with 17" steel rims.
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Are you sure about not fitting the 2012? The LX comes with 17" steel rims.

I should have been more specific in my response. This wheel does have the correct bolt pattern and offset, therefore it can be mounted on a 2012; however if you have the 18" alloy wheels, then this wheel would be too small.
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I should have been more specific in my response. This wheel does have the correct bolt pattern and offset, therefore it can be mounted on a 2012; however if you have the 18" alloy wheels, then this wheel would be too small.
Not correct the 17 will fit. The lx sized tire is correct


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As rocky was saying the the important aspect of a spare tire is the diameter. It is quite easy to have wheels 1 or 2 inches different in size and still match tire diameter close enough.

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Just looked at Stock tire sizes for 17" & 18", the 18" combo diameter is .1" greater than the 17" combo so thats close enough as N Jay said.
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Smaller spare= more ground clearance.

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Not correct the 17 will fit. The lx sized tire is correct


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Good point ... I hadn't considered the overall diameter of the tires; was just comparing the diameter of the wheels. I agree that if the diameter of the tires is sufficiently close, then this wheel should also work for the 2012.
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Upgraded my wheels on my lx so I decided to use one of the factory wheel as a full size spare. It does stick down below the rear bumper but I'm ok with it.

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Upgraded my wheels on my lx so I decided to use one of the factory wheel as a full size spare. It does stick down below the rear bumper but I'm ok with it.

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Looks good, my spare hangs down about the same distance on my 2011 Pilot.

BTW, when are you going to post some pictures of the new wheels???
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One of my goals during this modification was to keep overall costs down. As I mentioned in a previous post, I purchased my reconditioned OEM steel wheel for $66 (including shipping). I also got a great deal on my spare tire, GoodYear currently has our OEM tire--Fortera HL on sale for $138; with balance/tire stem/mounting total cost for tire was $166. Bringing my overall cost to only $232 for this mod!

On a related note, Honda now sells Pilot OEM steel wheels on their accessories website. In the description they state, "Recommended when towing."
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