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The Clarity PHEV is a really good road trip car - with one major exception. The car has no spare tire. I have remedied this for our Clarity. I purchased a fifth matching wheel and put a Michelin OEM tire on the wheel. My jack and lug wrench will arrive in a week or so. I'll put the tires into a five wheel rotation so all five tires will wear evenly. The benefit of a full size spare is that should I need to use it there will be no limitations like you get with a donut spare.

Wheel Part Number: 42800-TRT-N90/ Wheel Assembly, Aluminum (18X8J) (Enkei)
Tire: Michelin Energy Saver A/S 235/45R18 94V
Jack: CPROSP Scissor Jack Car for/SUV/MPV max 2 Tons(4,409 lbs) Capacity with Hand Crank Trolley Lifter with Ratchet
Lug Nut Wrench: any 19mm lug wrench will do

The wheel I purchased from hondapartsguys.com - shipped, they're about $200 below MSRP. The tire I purchased from Discount Tire. The jack is at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I also bought the lug wrench at Amazon. Optionally you can purchase a wheel cover, but you have to take this cover off in order to balance the tire so I didn't see any benefit to buying this cover.

One of the things I was concerned about with the Jack was the height. The rear wheels need to hang down quite a bit to clear the fender covers and most jacks are only 15 inches or so. The one I purchased is 17.4" at full extension. I'll be able to keep the jack and lug wrench in the compartment below the low point in the trunk, along with other emergency gear.
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2017 Volt LT - Heather Gray; black bow ties, Charcoal VoltShelf
2012 Cruze ECO MT (hail totaled 5/8/17 103,600 miles @42.5 MPG)
2010 Mit Lancer GT MT (traded for ECO @31K miles)
2002 Pont Montana AWD - title to son at college graduation
1990 Pont Transport (traded for Montana @240K miles)
1986 Fiero GT MT (traded for Transport - needed more seats)
1985 Fiero 2M4 MT (traded for Fiero GT @8K miles)
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Where in the trunk do you secure the spare tire you purchased?
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Where in the trunk do you secure the spare tire you purchased?
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Normally the spare will be in the garage. When we're travelling I'll just put it in the trunk pressed up against the rear seats and pack around it. The jack arrived today and it's in the covered compartment in the bottom of the trunk. The lug wrench I ordered is a two piece item so it'll fit there as well. I'm thinking about using the EVSE bag to hold them both.

2018 Honda Clarity Touring PHEV - Forest Green w/Tan interior (wife's car)
2017 Volt LT - Heather Gray; black bow ties, Charcoal VoltShelf
2012 Cruze ECO MT (hail totaled 5/8/17 103,600 miles @42.5 MPG)
2010 Mit Lancer GT MT (traded for ECO @31K miles)
2002 Pont Montana AWD - title to son at college graduation
1990 Pont Transport (traded for Montana @240K miles)
1986 Fiero GT MT (traded for Transport - needed more seats)
1985 Fiero 2M4 MT (traded for Fiero GT @8K miles)
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This is really helpful info and I appreciate you posting details. We now have 15,000 miles on our 2018 Clarity and not having a spare of some type has always bugged me. While not practical for some trips we take (such as a rare family trip from Denver to Estes Park and back we had 5 people and their luggage) in the future when it's just my wife & I, I'd sure like to have a spare.
Two questions for you:
1) could you give a ballpark estimate of your total cost for the wheel, tire, jack & wrench?
2) given the space limitation of the trunk, is there a specific reason you went with a full sized tire rather than a smaller donut? I would be thinking more along those lines if I went this route.
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I am getting Run Flat Tires (RFT) when my factory tires wear out...

Always loved not having to pull off to the side of the road with a loss of air pressure.
Just drive on and get to a service station or tire shop....
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This is really helpful info and I appreciate you posting details. We now have 15,000 miles on our 2018 Clarity and not having a spare of some type has always bugged me. While not practical for some trips we take (such as a rare family trip from Denver to Estes Park and back we had 5 people and their luggage) in the future when it's just my wife & I, I'd sure like to have a spare.
Two questions for you:
1) could you give a ballpark estimate of your total cost for the wheel, tire, jack & wrench?
2) given the space limitation of the trunk, is there a specific reason you went with a full sized tire rather than a smaller donut? I would be thinking more along those lines if I went this route.
$650 for the wheel
$200 for the tire (I actually spent $381 but I added Discount Tire's full road hazard/rotation/balancing to all five wheels).
$65 for the jack and lug wrench

I went with the full size spare because after four months of searching I couldn't find a donut wheel to match the Clarity PHEV's wheel hub and lug. The closest I could find was an Acura donut wheel that requires a hub adapter.

2018 Honda Clarity Touring PHEV - Forest Green w/Tan interior (wife's car)
2017 Volt LT - Heather Gray; black bow ties, Charcoal VoltShelf
2012 Cruze ECO MT (hail totaled 5/8/17 103,600 miles @42.5 MPG)
2010 Mit Lancer GT MT (traded for ECO @31K miles)
2002 Pont Montana AWD - title to son at college graduation
1990 Pont Transport (traded for Montana @240K miles)
1986 Fiero GT MT (traded for Transport - needed more seats)
1985 Fiero 2M4 MT (traded for Fiero GT @8K miles)
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I am getting Run Flat Tires (RFT) when my factory tires wear out...

Always loved not having to pull off to the side of the road with a loss of air pressure.
Just drive on and get to a service station or tire shop....
I considered this, but after research discovered run-flats generally have the same restrictions on speed and distance as a donut spare. Run flats also have negative impact on vehicle rolling resistance. I did this research last February when I was looking for replacement tires for my Volt - I also liked the idea of not having to pull over and change a flat tire.

Now if they could perfect the airless passenger car tires... (https://www.bridgestonetire.com/trea...-concept-tires)

2018 Honda Clarity Touring PHEV - Forest Green w/Tan interior (wife's car)
2017 Volt LT - Heather Gray; black bow ties, Charcoal VoltShelf
2012 Cruze ECO MT (hail totaled 5/8/17 103,600 miles @42.5 MPG)
2010 Mit Lancer GT MT (traded for ECO @31K miles)
2002 Pont Montana AWD - title to son at college graduation
1990 Pont Transport (traded for Montana @240K miles)
1986 Fiero GT MT (traded for Transport - needed more seats)
1985 Fiero 2M4 MT (traded for Fiero GT @8K miles)
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