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[Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5

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The FL5 does not come with a spare tire -- instead it comes with a fix-a-flat kit that many find undesirable. Scouring these forums there are several messages of FL5 owners hopeful that Honda would release an official FL5 spare tire kit. There are many alternatives to retro-fitting a spare tire kit into the FL5, including the Acura RL spare tire, a slim-profile BMW spare tire, and several others. There actually is an official spare tire kit for the FL5 in select countries but importing these parts would cost us nearly $1,000 USD.

Personally, I wanted to find Honda products that would fit like factory with little to no modification and at a somewhat reasonable cost.

This guide will walk you through installing the FK8 spare tire kit into the FL5.
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The finished product:

You might notice some cut seams -- those exist because I initially didn't think things would fit so I cut some pieces but they're now duct-taped back together :rolleyes:
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3841


Fitment is perfect:
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3842


Note: The spare tire kit comes with a jack, wheel removal tools, and a styrofoam tool holder but that last piece prevents the floor from sitting flush so I am not using that piece and just sticking the individual parts on the floor as you can see in the following photo. The little bag sitting in the wheel well is a compact air compressor from Harbor Freight.
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3843

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Parts list:
06421-TGH-A33ZA -- FK8 spare tire kit (does not include tire). Lowest price I could find is $221.47.
42751-CTL-039 -- Continental tire that fits on the wheel in the kit above. Lowest price I could find is $127.53.
Total: $349.00

Note: As the tire itself comes as a separate part, it is not installed on the wheel, which is part of the spare tire kit. You will need to have this installed. My local Honda dealer initially quoted $25 but ended up doing it for free. Your mileage may vary.
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Tools required:
Plastic pry tool, small-- you can use a flathead but you may damage some of the interior plastics.
Philips screwdriver
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Time required:
15 minutes
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Steps:

First we have to prepare the new floor to fit. There are four rubber posts that need to be removed from the underside of the FK8 floor. These are incredibly difficult to remove as they are held on by some strong epoxy -- I used an Exacto knife.
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3845


Open your rear passenger doors and fold the seat backs down. Locate the two metal tie down points:
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3840


Flip up the metal portion, then use your pry tool to pry up the inside plastic piece. There are tiny indentations you can insert the pry tool into as shown in the photo below:
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3844


After prying that up, use a Philips screwdriver and remove the screw within.

You can then remove the tie down piece by gently pulling up. Repeat on the other side, then set these pieces aside as they will be reused later.

The entire carpeted trunk floor assembly can simply be removed. Set aside -- this floor will not be reused.

Place the FK8 floor and perform the steps above in reverse. It's really that simple!
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Bonus points:

The spare tire kit comes with some stickers. The FL5 door jam sticker actually shows “None” for the spare tire row so I just cut the portion from the FK8 sticker and applied it over.
11th Gen Honda Civic [Install Guide] Installing aFK8 spare tire and full kit in the FL5 IMG_3851
 


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@hhkb Just wondering could you not trim down the styrofoam tool holder down to make it sit flush in the spare wheel?
 


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How much height do you lose?

Man, I traded my FK8 in with the kit thinking I won’t have a use for it anymore.
 
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How much height do you lose?

Man, I traded my FK8 in with the kit thinking I won’t have a use for it anymore.
It raises everything 5”. So whatever the surface area of the floor is multiplied by 5”.
 

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It raises everything 5”. So whatever the surface area of the floor is multiplied by 5”.
Dilemma. Every inch counts. Now multiplied. 😆
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