This article refers to the fitting of a 'Temporary Use' spare tyre
(T155/80R17), using an Australian Ford Falcon (Model FG)
'Temporary Use' wheel, under the rear floor of a 2021 Hyundai
Kona EV. Given that EV's often come without a spare, the
concept might be adapted to other vehicles.
I should thank John Storey for his informative article
documenting the fitting of a slightly smaller width (T135/80D17)
tyre, in his Kona EV. He also used an Australian Ford Falcon
(Model FG) 'Temporary Use' wheel.
The 'Tyre Mobility Kit' supplied with the Kona EV is essentially
designed to temporarily repair a small puncture in the tread
area of the tyre. A large puncture, a blowout, or damage to the
side wall will probably require tyre replacement. In such a
situation, the small 12 volt compressor and can of liquid
sealant supplied with the car will be useless.
In addition, the Kona EV is fitted with a Tyre Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS). 'Single-use' sealant may not only
render the tyre irreparable, but also foul the TPMS. Some tyre
dealers may decline to fix a tyre that has been repaired using
temporary sealant.
Although a Kona EV full-size spare wheel (T215/55R17), would
be ideal, it will definitely not fit under the rear floor.
Enquiries to tyre dealers in Australia indicate that a new
T135/80D17 tyre is no longer available. However at time of
writing, Kumho Tyres offer a T155/90R17 'Temporary Use' tyre.
This not only fits the Ford Falcon (Model FG) 17" rim, but has
the advantage of a 20mm wider tread.
The Model FG Falcon has appropriate wheel offset and stud
spacing and will fit the Kona EV wheel hub. Most importantly,
it clears the EV's bulky rear electric parking brake mechanism.
Complete with tyre, the FG 'Temporary Spare' can be readily
found at car wreckers, selling from around $50 or so.
Note: Although the FG wheel and tyre may appear unused, it
has been several years since the FG Falcon was produced, so
even if carried as a temporary spare, the tyre itself may need
Even though the T155/90R17 does present a challenge due to
its wider tread, under-floor storage in the Kona is definitely
achievable. Although the original cargo floor panel slides back
into its original position, there is literally no clearance between
the tyre and the underside of the floor. Obviously, the two foam
storage trays have to go.
Materials Needed:
1/. Sheet of 7mm plywood (600mm X 897mm).
2/. Block of wood (about 140mm high X 350mm long).
3/. A 'Leg Plate Straight' (3/8" Whitworth thread).
4/. Piece of 3/8" threaded rod (about 100mm long).
5/. A 3/8" nut and spring washer.

6/. Large plate (wider diameter than the spare wheel centre
hole), to clamp the spare in position. (I used a spare brush
cutter 'wear plate'. A plywood disc would suit).
7/. A 3/8" wing nut. (I used a hammer to round over the top of
the threaded rod, filed it smooth, then tightened the wing nut
against it, before fitting the disc and locking the nut and spring
washer up from underneath).
The mounting bolt might seem unnecessary, but it is needed to
ensure the wheel stays firmly located, and clear of the exposed
electrical cabling on the forward left side of the well.