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So, I bought a 2019 GT. It has not spare tire. No problem - I'll buy one. And I'll see if I can locate a jack that will do the trick. BUT WAIT! The car doesn't come with a jack by design. So it appears that the car is not intended for you to jack it up at any point along the chassis that you please. Then I see these jacking rails for sale on-line. It appears the intent is to install these in event you want to jack the car up as we did for all those other cars we used to own when we had a flat. They install on the bottom of the car along the rocker panel. Do I have this right?

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So, I bought a 2019 GT. It has not spare tire. No problem - I'll buy one. And I'll see if I can locate a jack that will do the trick. BUT WAIT! The car doesn't come with a jack by design. So it appears that the car is not intended for you to jack it up at any point along the chassis that you please. Then I see these jacking rails for sale on-line. It appears the intent is to install these in event you want to jack the car up as we did for all those other cars we used to own when we had a flat. They install on the bottom of the car along the rocker panel. Do I have this right?
Can’t say I have looked under the newer 2015 or new Mustangs, but if the truly don’t have aloft points on the sides anymore you can still use the front and rear jack points. The front is harder to explain, but the rear is the diff. I assume these are still safe spots, but spots I have seen recommended for all other years. Personally I don’t like using them, but have in tight situations where I had to get something done...


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That's kinda weird about the lack of a jack and no jacking points; have you checked the manual about jacking? Does that mean the owner is never supposed to change a tire? How is AAA supposed to jack it up?

Anyway, I think the jacking rails are a real good idea. During road track season I jack up my car a LOT so I bought them for my 2010 . . . haven't actually installed them yet, but I assume they will work. Then you can actually put the jack in the middle and jack up the whole side of the car and get both wheels off the ground at the same time.

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So, I bought a 2019 GT. It has not spare tire. No problem - I'll buy one. And I'll see if I can locate a jack that will do the trick. BUT WAIT! The car doesn't come with a jack by design. So it appears that the car is not intended for you to jack it up at any point along the chassis that you please. Then I see these jacking rails for sale on-line. It appears the intent is to install these in event you want to jack the car up as we did for all those other cars we used to own when we had a flat. They install on the bottom of the car along the rocker panel. Do I have this right?

For the front you can jack from the K-member or along the pinch weld. For the rear anywhere along the pinch weld. I have had to change a tire and that is what I used. I prefer the K-member for jacking up the front. That is how I do my oil changes.
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Zl1 Addons are my fav for jacking. Others have other preferences but use something on those seam welds to aid jacking.

And while you're sourcing a spare and jack, don't forget the lug wrench. A good one. Not one that's built in to the jack handle.
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Ford provides a Fix-A-Flat kind of container and an air pump to re-inflate the tire. The dealer shrugs their shoulders when I asked what do I do if I have a blow-out or a cut on the profile of the tire. So bought a spare. And yes, I picked up one of those cross lug wrenches with 4 different sizes. I love those things. Thanks!
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Ford provides a Fix-A-Flat kind of container and an air pump to re-inflate the tire. The dealer shrugs their shoulders when I asked what do I do if I have a blow-out or a cut on the profile of the tire. So bought a spare. And yes, I picked up one of those cross lug wrenches with 4 different sizes. I love those things. Thanks!
It's all a "cost savings" from what they tell me. Although the MSRP's of these things shoots up by the 1,000's so not sure a spare tire isn't covered. haha Either way never used one and normally take it out anyway so no worries from me on not having it. Can't really use it on the rear as it will throw it out of wack from what I have been told...

Honestly hopefully more cars follow suite as it is always never racking for cars to be driving around on 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 spares endlessly going down the hwy at 70+MPH. hahaha

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The other problem I see to not having a spare is that Discount Tire and other tire shops don't generally have some tires in stock and you could be waiting days to get a replacement.

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Ford provides a Fix-A-Flat kind of container and an air pump to re-inflate the tire. The dealer shrugs their shoulders when I asked what do I do if I have a blow-out or a cut on the profile of the tire. So bought a spare. And yes, I picked up one of those cross lug wrenches with 4 different sizes. I love those things. Thanks!
I had a right front flat on my Mustang. The sidewall was punctured in a road construction zone with a piece of rebar on the right edge of the road. It took two days to get a 20 inch Z rated radial. I had a mini spare from my old S197. I had to rotate the back tire to the front because the S197 spare wouldn't clear the front brakes. After that I purchased a 20 inch matching Mustang wheel from Ford. I had to use my full size spare less than two weeks after the flat, I was forced to go into a pothole on a blind curve due to oncoming traffic on the left and a utility pole on the right. It damaged the front inside sidewall. I'm glad I have a full size spare. The 2 day wait wasn't so bad this time, plus with the road hazard warranty I only paid $1 for the replacement tire.


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. . . . I'm glad I have a full size spare. . . . .
does it fit in the well; or do I remember another thread where you mentioned that you keep it in the trunk "on top" ?

I have a full size spare for my 2010, I keep it in the well but it sticks out so the floor of my trunk has a big hump in it now. Not ideal, but better than not having one.

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I wanted to get a full sized spare, but no, it wouldn't fit in the well created for a spare...which begs the question: why did they provide a well for a spare - but don't include one with the car. In reality, I do know the answer: money.
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The well is for a space saver spare that is offered as an option (except of performance package cars). You can get the Ford factory spare kit which includes the spare, jack, tire iron and hold down hardware from eBay for low $200s. Or, go to the junk yard and get it.

And yes it is a cost cutting thing and they can probably realize 0.0x improvement in mileage that helps the corporate average.

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The jack rails that I was eyeing on the internet are 3 or 4 feet long, maybe 1.5 inches wide and 3/4 inches or so thick. One claim was that they also add some stiffness to the chassis. That sounds plausible. Anyone have any thoughts on that.
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yes I think the jacking rails do add some stiffness, generally any bar that you attach to the chassis will add some stiffness . . . but I don't think it is needed or noticeable because the S550 chassis is pretty stiff already


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