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Old 11-23-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Spare Tire Maintainance 101

Just a word to the wise, every now and then loosen the lugs on your spare tire. I had to remove my spare tire and rack in order to put diamondplate on my tailgate. The lug nuts hadn't been off forever and the studs rotated on the bracket. There was no way to hold them. I had to remove the entire bracket, tire, brake light using a 1/2 inch wrench and then grind off the 4 bolts holding the brake light bracket to the spare tire bracket in order to get to the back of the studs. I welded those suckers so they no longer spin in the bracket. What a pain. No way could I have used the spare tire out on the road somewhere. From now on, I will be loosening those lug nuts just for the hell of it.

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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When you install the spare it may be wise to use a little anti sieze and the proper torque.

Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:34 AM   #3
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When you install the spare it may be wise to use a little anti sieze...
Antisieze on the studs (tie rod ends, skidplate bolts, rear upper shock mounting bolts, etc.) is always a good idea. Just remember to reduce the torque you tighten them to by about 30% once you apply antisieze.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:45 AM   #4
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I had a similar experience, but it was with the factory tire carrier. I had to cut the lugnut and stud in half to get the tire off. Antisieze is the greatest thing you can do for a Jeep.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:50 AM   #5
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I just rotate my spare in when I rotate my tires so it gets changed out every 6000 miles.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:12 PM   #6
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I'm gonnna do it. Thanks

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