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I hate the undersized, inadequate spare tire currently hanging under my 2023 EX Carnival. I plan on taking it places where there is no cell phone coverage, and no tow trucks for 100 miles, and no dealers for 200 miles. I won't be there all the time, but, just in case, I would like to have a full size fully functional spare I can swap out on the spot and then drive on it without restrictions on speed or distance traveled.
A full size spare cannot fit in the spot designed for the "toy" spare. If I have to carry the spare inside the van, so be it.
So I am looking for a full size OEM rim and tire to match that on my new carnival. Dealer's estimate for this was $900, all parts & service including TPMS reprogramming.
I decided I will not put TPMS on the spare. I don't think the Carnival's computer will know the difference except that the destroyed tire's TPMS will report as underinflated.
The exact tire replacement I can get from many local tire dealers. The rim is another matter. Ebay has newish Kia Carnival rims available individually, far cheaper than buying one from a Kia dealer. My local tire specialist cautioned me to make sure the rim I want to use is not damaged & he advised his people mount them on the Kia and then check that the new rims fits the same way the OEM rims do.
 

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I hate the undersized, inadequate spare tire currently hanging under my 2023 EX Carnival. I plan on taking it places where there is no cell phone coverage, and no tow trucks for 100 miles, and no dealers for 200 miles. I won't be there all the time, but, just in case, I would like to have a full size fully functional spare I can swap out on the spot and then drive on it without restrictions on speed or distance traveled.
A full size spare cannot fit in the spot designed for the "toy" spare. If I have to carry the spare inside the van, so be it.
So I am looking for a full size OEM rim and tire to match that on my new carnival. Dealer's estimate for this was $900, all parts & service including TPMS reprogramming.
I decided I will not put TPMS on the spare. I don't think the Carnival's computer will know the difference except that the destroyed tire's TPMS will report as underinflated.
The exact tire replacement I can get from many local tire dealers. The rim is another matter. Ebay has newish Kia Carnival rims available individually, far cheaper than buying one from a Kia dealer. My local tire specialist cautioned me to make sure the rim I want to use is not damaged & he advised his people mount them on the Kia and then check that the new rims fits the same way the OEM rims do.
The OEM rim for EX trim is about $468 new. See link:
 

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I'm planning to drive to AZ this winter to get some sun & camp next to an old school buddy somewhere in the desert. There's a good chance I'll be driving near an eBay seller of lightly used OEM rims (or maybe an entire wheel assembly) for the Kia along the way. I could save on shipping by arranging to meet a seller that way.
 

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I just got an OEM quality aluminum wheel from an eBay seller for my 2022 Kia Carnival. It might have been repainted with the same color on my new vehicle, has Kia logo as part of the casting. Cost was $223.11 with local tax included, no extra charge for shipping. Seller offered free return shipping if wheel doesn't match expectations. Order delivered about 5 days after I placed it. I took the wheel to my tire man who checked it out & said it matched my OEM wheels. I ordered a replacement tire to match those already on my Carnival so I will soon have a full fledged, no limits on speed or mileage spare tire. I will post the price I pay for that tire when I pay for it.
 

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Picking up my new full size spare tire for my 2023 Kia Carnival. For the time being I will have to give up some interior cargo space to carry the thing. Will buy a vinyl tire cover to protect other cargo in back. Will post a complete price paid in next post on this thread.
I am thinking of getting a rear hitch, so that I can install an exterior spare tire holder. This would probably cancel my ability to use the back hatch opening as long as I have the spare tire holder in place. But that is for the future.
 
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