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I felt dumb when I discovered my truck didn't come with a spare. There's a well for storing it, but no spare.

Since I have to buy one, any thoughts on which wheel I should get? Rivian won't sell me one. I just bought a matching Pirelli tire, but would love a suggestion as to a cheap wheel that would do the job.

The fact that Rivian doesn't make this easy is disappointing. They refuse to tell me what sort of wheel they recommend!

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Your guide didn't ask you about the spare when confirming your configuration? It was like the first thing mine asked was if I wanted a full size spare. That's crazy, surprised they won't sell you one post sale.
 

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They didn't ask
and no, they won't sell me one.

they say they're working on a 'store'

my first real disappointment with the org
Do you live in a state that does not mandate having a spare? If so, that would explain them not willing to sell you one.
Haven't looked into spare wheel options but 5x5.5 (139.7) bolt pattern and +48mm offset (AT wheels) is the factory spec.
 

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Do you plan to go off roading often? Just curious because most EVs don’t come with a spare traditionally. Not only have I never needed a spare in the last 4 EVs I’ve owned in the past 8 years, I’ve only ever had to mount a spare tire once in driving for 25 years. I am not ordering mine with a spare.
 

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There isn't really a wheel that fits properly available aftermarket yet.

Hang tight and buy one later? You also don't have the tools and jack I assume.

Maybe I'm lucky but I've never needed a spare in my entire life.
 

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I guess you can carry a can of fix-a-flat and some plugs, and use Roadside in the interim! You have the air compressor, so if it's a puncture, you could try plugging.
My spare wasn't cheap, $800 smackers, but worth every penny for the peace of mind when out in the backcountry
 

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I guess you can carry a can of fix-a-flat and some plugs, and use Roadside in the interim! You have the air compressor, so if it's a puncture, you could try plugging.
My spare wasn't cheap, $800 smackers, but worth every penny for the peace of mind when out in the backcountry
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Exactly, you don't need one until you need one. I always make sure to have a full size spare. Have no issue changing my own tire so waiting for roadside seems silly to me. Also, with an EV, if you used a donut, driving slow like you have to with them isn't necessarily a great option. It also depends on your driving conditions too I guess. If you're always in town at known places or just freeway driving, might never need one. My luck, I'd have an unrepairable flat in the middle of nowhere with just enough battery to get to the next stop in good condition.
I guess you can carry a can of fix-a-flat and some plugs, and use Roadside in the interim! You have the air compressor, so if it's a puncture, you could try plugging.
My spare wasn't cheap, $800 smackers, but worth every penny for the peace of mind when out in the backcountry
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I guess you can carry a can of fix-a-flat and some plugs, and use Roadside in the interim! You have the air compressor, so if it's a puncture, you could try plugging.
My spare wasn't cheap, $800 smackers, but worth every penny for the peace of mind when out in the backcountry
I believe it actually come with some kind of flat repair kit. Not sure what all is in it, but the delivery people at the service center told me it does.

The tire alone is $400+, so the cost of the spare it actually pretty reasonable.

@sethgodin, I’d suggest you press theissue with your guide. Be the squeaky wheel until they agree to sell you one.
 

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I believe it actually come with some kind of flat repair kit. Not sure what all is in it, but the delivery people at the service center told me it does.

The tire alone is $400+, so the cost of the spare it actually pretty reasonable.

@sethgodin, I’d suggest you press theissue with your guide. Be the squeaky wheel until they agree to sell you one.
I agree, your guide is your advocate.
 

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It was listed as an option during the spec'ing process. I have the compact spare ordered with my R1S. Living in the Northeast you need a spare because our roads suck.
 

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Hi @sethgodin - I had the exact same experience! How can the off-road package NOT come with a full size spare, and how can the guide not ask when I also have added recovery gear, etc?

If you have the 20" Dark wheels like I do, you might want the same as your spare -- because odds are one of the Rims will get scraped up at some point, and you can make that one your spare, and use your spare to replace the blemished one.

Here is a video of me doing some off roading a scraping my wheel up pretty badly:
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I do think Rivian has done a pretty good job with buyer and owner experience. I am working with MMA Global, a marketing trade org, and Prof Omar Rodriguez and the research has found companies that completely focus on Experience as their central purpose in marketing generate 18% better shareholder return compared to those that focus on the transaction or on the brand lifestyle. General Motor's CMO and Ford senior marketing execs are on the board of the trade org doing this work on experience in marketing - they need to transform to compete with the likes of Rivian and Tesla. I think Rivian has an advantage, but I worry if they will be able to truly put the customer at the center. Things like your and my experience with the tire, Rivan's unwillingness to make a recommendation, their botched pricing coms, those kinda suggest they might not have Nordstrom's like customer experience mastered.

It has been about 20+ years since you and I were on the same stage, before your runaway success. Between your experience making brands remarkable, and my expertise in marketing analytics matched to strategy, maybe we should trade two spare tires for a couple hours of advising Rivian how to improve marketing.
 

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Do you plan to go off roading often? Just curious because most EVs don’t come with a spare traditionally. Not only have I never needed a spare in the last 4 EVs I’ve owned in the past 8 years, I’ve only ever had to mount a spare tire once in driving for 25 years. I am not ordering mine with a spare.
It’s not about being a EV, thats not the issue. It’s a truck. A truck needs a spare. Quite simple really.
 

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It’s not about being a EV, thats not the issue. It’s a truck. A truck needs a spare. Quite simple really.
What does a being a truck have to do with anything if you're only driving it on the street? That's why I asked what his usage is of the truck. Do you know how many people own a pickup but never actually drive it off road? I won't be buying the spare because my usage won't need it. If I get a flat, I'm calling AAA.

Now if I was doing a lot of off-road driving, AAA obviously wouldn't be very useful and a spare is a no brainer.
 

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I guess you can carry a can of fix-a-flat and some plugs, and use Roadside in the interim! You have the air compressor, so if it's a puncture, you could try plugging.
My spare wasn't cheap, $800 smackers, but worth every penny for the peace of mind when out in the backcountry
I didn’t order my R1T with a spare tire but it came with a Fix a Flat style kit.
 

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Exactly, you don't need one until you need one. I always make sure to have a full size spare. Have no issue changing my own tire so waiting for roadside seems silly to me. Also, with an EV, if you used a donut, driving slow like you have to with them isn't necessarily a great option. It also depends on your driving conditions too I guess. If you're always in town at known places or just freeway driving, might never need one. My luck, I'd have an unrepairable flat in the middle of nowhere with just enough battery to get to the next stop in good condition.
Hi, the URL isn't working and I am very interested in ordering a full size spare, as I have no idea when Rivian will come through with mine. Could tell me which one you got, or perhaps update the link? Thank You!

I am taking on this trail next near Bishop, CA next Friday, with a set of plugs and extra bag of tire repair -- and a in reach GPS text in case all else fails. Also will be going to Bristlecone pine the next day (Saturday). Might have one other Rivian driver join me too.
 
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