Does anyone know if its possible to buy a hard plastic cover for the spare wheel on a '97 registered CRV. The old soft cover has perished and I'd like to replace it with a hard cover if possible? Wheel size is 205/70-R15
The size of the tire, both diameter and tread width, are the primary concerns.
Next is which "hard" cover you are considering.
The 1st Gen Honda hard cover is a 'hard' cover that covers the rear face of the spare, and the tread. But the side between the spare and the body is vinyl with a zipper that goes most of the way around the tire to remove or install it. I've seen them both with and without the "Honda CR-V" lettering.
And there are aftermarket 'hard' covers that are a plastic or fiberglass disk the size of the tire, and a steel band the width of the tread that 'clamps' around the tire to hold it in place.
There's a latch on the bottom of the band that pulls it tight, and the ones I've seen the latch also has a loop to install a padlock.