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Old 02-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #1
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ditch the spare tire?

Hello - How many of you ditch the spare tire on your wrangler entirely? I'm probably going to get 35" tires and I've seen oversized tires mounted on the back of wranglers that seem to take up 80% of rear visibility.

I would prefer to have full rear visibility 100% of the time. Seems like a reasonable compromise to ditch this spare entirely? The wranglers I've seen without a spare tire mounted on the back look a lot better imho. So how many of you have ditched the spare tire entirely?

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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it would suck to have a flat with the old spare sitting in the shed. I look at a spare as one of those things that if I have it i won't need it but if it is at home, I will have a flat.

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:44 PM   #3
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Most people have roadside assistance insurance.

If I get a flat a truck will come out and fill the tire up with air or tow my jeep.

Considering I haven't had a flat in years this seems like more than adequate mitigation?
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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If you take it off you will need it, if you leave it there you will never use it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:50 PM   #5
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Stock wheels? I'm the opposite from you, I think a matching wheel and tire looks good on the back. Jeeps look naked without a tire back there imo.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:52 PM   #6
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A wrangler is not a wrangler without the spare
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Nope. If I ever have a flat i'd rather take care of it myself rather than looking like a smuck that has no spare tire waiting on a tow truck
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:13 PM   #8
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this is a cool guy's wrangler imho:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hd3ui4ssfi...%2033%20PM.png
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Most people have roadside assistance insurance.

If I get a flat a truck will come out and fill the tire up with air or tow my jeep.

Considering I haven't had a flat in years this seems like more than adequate mitigation?
If you get a flat off road...

road side assistance won't go off road to come do anything for you. As a female who was raised by a mechanic you always have a spare and change it your self! Assistance is used for the things you cannot fix on the side of the road or by yourself at all!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:31 PM   #10
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If you get a flat off road... road side assistance won't go off road to come do anything for you. As a female who was raised by a mechanic you always have a spare and change it your self! Assistance is used for the things you cannot fix on the side of the road or by yourself at all!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:34 PM   #11
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Put it on when going off road and leave it at home when in town. If you have oversized tires and wheels, you'll need an appropriate jack and some owners have never tried to change their tires on the factory jack. They'll need roadside assistance to bring them a floor jack to change out a flat.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:36 PM   #12
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Most people have roadside assistance insurance.

If I get a flat a truck will come out and fill the tire up with air or tow my jeep.

Considering I haven't had a flat in years this seems like more than adequate mitigation?
did you vote democrat?
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:56 PM   #13
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did you vote democrat?
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:28 AM   #14
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that is cool the only reason I mentioned it is most dems I know want to rely on someone else to take care of them.
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Towing the whaler when this occurred..sure glad that spare was hanging out back
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I'm a redneck in the drop $5K on wrangler upgrades kind of way not in the change my own tire/oil kind of way
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:07 AM   #17
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I haven't had a flat in years
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I haven't had a flat in years
I have not had a cavity in years but I still brush my teeth. Fortunately we still are free to make some choices in this country so by all means go spareless.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:21 AM   #19
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Keep it on the Jeep. Always better to have it and not use it than to not have it and need it.
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Put it on when going off road and leave it at home when in town. If you have oversized tires and wheels, you'll need an appropriate jack and some owners have never tried to change their tires on the factory jack. They'll need roadside assistance to bring them a floor jack to change out a flat.
Your factory jack will work ok with up to 37" tire because it goes under your axle so a 35" tire is only a little over 2 1/2 " taller than factory
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:49 AM   #21
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Do what you want with your spare.

Just don't call ME when you get a flat, 'cause Imma gonna laugh!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:33 AM   #22
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I've got 285 BFG Ko's with Savegre. I didn't want that much weight hanging off my gate. I like the look without the tire. I can also back up further without worrying about crushing the tailgate. I keep the tire inside.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:35 PM   #23
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I haven't had a flat in years
Methinks you might now, after that comment.
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I don't have a back seat in most of the time so my spare is usually sitting in the back. I did keep my tire carrier for when I need room to pack or I put my rear seat back in.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:45 PM   #25
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FWIW

For those running a lift and larger tires, remember the scissor jack that comes with your wrangler will not work since you've lifted and changed out the tires. Unless you've gotten a highjack or a 1-3 ton floor jack, you'll be in trouble when you have a flat even when you have a spare.
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For those running a lift and larger tires, remember the scissor jack that comes with your wrangler will not work since you've lifted and changed out the tires. Unless you've gotten a highjack or a 1-3 ton floor jack, you'll be in trouble when you have a flat even when you have a spare.
A block of wood works wonders...

Hell theres even a company that makes a base for it that fits perfectly in the rear storage compartment. Synergy maybe? Don't recall for sure.


Also lift doesn't matter as the axle isn't affected by it. Just the bigger tires.
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For those running a lift and larger tires, remember the scissor jack that comes with your wrangler will not work since you've lifted and changed out the tires. Unless you've gotten a highjack or a 1-3 ton floor jack, you'll be in trouble when you have a flat even when you have a spare.
The AEV jack base (in concert with the stock scissor jack) works well as an alternative here too.

http://www.aev-conversions.com/shop/...jack-base.html

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A block of wood works wonders...

Hell theres even a company that makes a base for it that fits perfectly in the rear storage compartment. Synergy maybe? Don't recall for sure.


Also lift doesn't matter as the axle isn't affected by it. Just the bigger tires.
blocks of wood can break and the base you speak of is made by several companies and cost around $50. A highjack lift can be had for about $10 more and is infinity more versatile beyond just using to change a flat.

Anytime a lift is installed, bigger tires follow. They are hand in hand.
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The AEV jack base (in concert with the stock scissor jack) works well as an alternative here too.
see above
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A hi-lift is a poor choice for changing a flat tire though. I'd much rather use a regular jack with a 2x4 or 4x4

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