I decided to simplify & move the basic information that we learned about getting a larger than stock Spare Tire and Wheel.
The objective was to get a spare tire that is as close to the 18" optional W/T as possible and still have it fit in the trunk.
The humungous working Thread with all the Posts is seen here, this new Thread only has the final, workable solution I came up with.
It may be done another way by someone else, this is only my version of getting the job done.
Information about obtaining a Jack and Lug Wrench is in the other Thread.
Took long enough to get this project finished but now it's complete.
The Foam Insert is out, the spare is in.
The exact part numbers that I have on my receipt are:
QTY - FP NUMBER DESCRIPTION
1 - CV6Z-1015-B T16" x 4" WHEEL ASSEMBLY
1 - 9002-0340377-000 T135/90R16 tire, Continental
My Dealer mounted/balanced the bigger than stock Continental T135/90-16 spare tire on a T16x4T standard Fusion spare tire wheel (CV6Z1015B).
1. Does it fit in the trunk wheel well?'
YES, exactly, with no room to spare (pun intended).
2. Is this larger spare tire/wheel the same size as the optional 18" wheel/tire on my car?
Almost, this wheel/tire setup is only 1/2" difference in diameter.
Note: The standard Fusion spare tire/wheel combo is over 2-1/2" smaller than my optional 18" tire/wheels.
That is a huge difference in size.
* Recommended tire pressure is noted on the sidewall of each brand tire.
3. How does it drive on the car?
Pretty well, with hands off the steering wheel it drove straight.
Again, stopping with hands off the steering wheel showed only a slight tug to the direction of the spare.
The dealer tire tech and I drove around for about 10 minutes with speeds up to 50mph. Handling was acceptable, stops were easy, all was fine for a Temp Spare.
I guess we didn't drive long enough because the TPMS light didn't come on, nor did any other dash alerts.
Stowing the spare in the car:
It's a snug fit, does not need the hold down screw. That's good because I stowed it inverted, so the inside of the wheel is up, allowing some storage.
I was able to get a small air compressor, some road flares, jumper cables and funnel to nestle in there, all level and flat.
Where to stow the Jack/Lug Wrench combo?
What Jack to use?
The Jack can be purchased from the Ford Parts counter, just use the standard 2013 non-hybrid Fusion Jack/Lug Wrench Combo for reference.
The integrated Lug Wrench is a standard 3/4" model.
They were also used in other Ford vehicles (i.e., earlier Fusions) and can be acquired used from auction sites if you know what to look for.
Where I got my Jack Kit, a picture of it, from what used car it came from and use of the Jack/Lug wrench combo is here.
Edit: This picture is not current. I have since removed the bulky TMK and added some other tools, smaller air compressor & other helpful items.
Edited by GrySql, 16 August 2013 - 04:30 PM.