Introducing: The RoadHero Space Saver Wheel Kit
Wheelwright have teamed up with one of Europe’s leading Space Saver steel wheel manufacturers to deliver the most comprehensive space saver wheel kit on the market, featuring a space saver wheel, tyre, jack and brace all packaged in a simple and tidy bag.
The Problem: No Spare Wheel? Just Slime?
The RoadHero Space Saver Wheel Kit solves a genuine problem – and the demand is high. For many years, Wheelwright have delivered a steel wheel programme, featuring full-size steel wheels for over 95% of the car park, manufactured by Alcar Stahlrad in Germany.
However, with wheel-wells getting smaller; and manufacturers opting to save weight by only supplying cars with tyre-slime rather than any form of spare wheel, the need is great. Tyre Slime is one solution, which many are happy to use, but more people demand a genuine wheel replacement to get them home safely. This is where RoadHero comes in.
In an article for Which? Car, Rob Hull explains the results of their investigation into Spare Wheels (or the lack thereof): “I’ve learnt that the demise of the spare wheel concerns you just as much as it concerns me. And our latest investigation has found even fewer spare wheels are being made available as standard on new cars.”
Hull continues: “We analysed the specifications of 8,755 mainstream new car models on the market currently. And we found just 29.5% come with a space-saver or full-size spare wheel as standard. The majority (50%) come with a tyre repair kit, while the remaining 20.5% have run-flat tyres fitted. It seems that the manufacturers’ efforts to make vehicles more fuel efficient is driving this shift from full-size spare wheels to puncture repair kits.”
With the cost to replace a single-use tyre sealant being over £50; and the cost to replace the damaged tyre (motorists will have to replace and not repair any tyre which has been temporarily repaired by slime etc), it soon mounts up to not only being unfathomably inconvenient, but also expensive. Not to mention the fact that tyre sealant kits will not repair a tyre which has suffered a blowout.
Hull explains the demand in numbers: “We’ve already met with some car-makers to discuss the future of the spare wheel. However, the response so far is that they haven’t received enough feedback from owners voicing their concerns about the lack of spare wheels as standard. And yet, 1,393 of you responded to our poll last year, with 93% saying spare wheels should be offered as standard on all cars. Only 1% were in favour of having a tyre repair kit as standard.”
With the condition of UK roads demising, and car makers seemingly ignoring consumer’s needs, the need is real.
UK Cars with Spare Wheels
People demanding spare wheels
Number of puncture related incidents
The Solution: RoadHero
The VanSlam Coilover Kit allows you to lower your VW T5 or T6 between 40mm and 70mm, getting it to sit 'just right', ideal if you have fitted our aftermarket alloy wheels.
Our suspension specialists have deconstructed the best coilovers on the market, and tailor engineered two specific VAN|Slam Coilover Kits for the T26, T28, T30 and T32 models based on their findings.
Built to last...
These coilover kits have been produced in factories already producing OEM suspension parts for some of the world's largest vehicle manufacturers - plus, with TÜV Approval and a lifetime structural warranty, you can rest assured of the quality of these kits.
Everything you need...
The VanSlam Coilover Kit contains everything you need to lower your Volkswagen T5/T6 Transporter Van utilising monotube damper technology to get your van sitting 'just right'.
Is RoadHero available for my vehicle?
Each RoadHero Space Saver Wheel Kit is engineered for a specific vehicle fitment, not solely relying on PCD & Offset, but also allowing for brake caliper clearance (X-Factor etc). The wheel & tyre size and combination are also specific to the vehicle and each kit will either be direct-fit, or be supplied with the necessary fixings to ensure a perfect fit. The full vehicle range can be seen here.
When is RoadHero available?
Stock of RoadHero is now available from Wheelwright’s UK warehouse, with next day delivery. You will need to know the make, model and year of your vehicle. We expect demand to be high for this new, innovative product and a number of our retailers are already planning on stocking this across their stores.
Are you in the trade, and looking to stock/sell RoadHero? Call or email our friendly and knowledgable team today to find out more…