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Old 02-14-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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Spare or no spare

I am getting ready to install a Poison Spyder BFH rear bumper and love the look without the spare tire on the rear. I am sure I can make It work if I really wanted the spare on there but am curious about how many people run without the spare mounted on the rear. Do you just leave it at home or put it in the cargo area?

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Old 02-14-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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For those who don't know that bumper, here is a pic I found online. Disclaimer - I am not a Browns fan (not my jeep/license plate in the pic) lol

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Unless you only plan to drive somewhere AAA can come fix your tire, I'm not sure running with no spare would be such a good idea.
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I would never go more than a mile or two from home without a spare. A few years ago I went out to dinner with friends and we went in their SUV. On our way home, a rear tire blew out and when we changed to the spare, we found that their spare was also flat. We were stuck without a ride for an hour and we had to call a cab (in Houston) to come pick us up. After that fiasco, I make sure that the wife and I always have a good spare tire and we both have a small air compressor and a can of fix-a-flat in the vehicle. Getting stranded without a spare or with a bad spare sucks!!
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if you're mall crawling (nothing wrong with that) i suppose no spare is okay... but if you get a flat - you better be prepared to call a flatbed.

i don't go anywhere without a spare tire. my buddy lonewolf05 has the same bumper and he has his 35" spare (JKU) strapped inside his rig. we wheel frequently... i won't let him out if he forgets his spare.

i have a tight bumper (JCR Dagger) which also required cutting the cross member; i'm running the TF HD hinge and tire carrier. works fine. had to tweak it up a little bit, since there's no relief cut out of the bumper for the spare tire.

that's something you'll have to consider if you start looking at tire carriers. remember, because of that bumper... and the lack of a cut out - you'll have to be creative.

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Old 02-14-2014, 10:37 AM   #6
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Bad idea as others have mentioned.
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I don't even understand why people consider running without a spare. Unless you have run-flats or something...keep the spare.
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Odd that people even consider this.
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You can find yourself trapped in a bad place if you don't carry a spare. That bad place can easily be on a freeway or bad section of town. No way I leave the spare at home. No way!
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:38 AM   #10
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don't run a spare on my tailgate and put in back when I go wheeling. It usually stays there unless my dogs are coming with me for a ride somewhere. Then I let it sit at home so they can have to back area to lay

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STill trying to find an easy way to get my spare in and out of the back. rolling it up a 2x4 is the easiest I found so far
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(In before the avalanche of posts about how CRAZY it is to drive without a spare)

Personally I think the naked back looks really cool. I'd probably remove the rear seat and carry the spare in the rear area, but you could still leave it at home if you needed the space.

I wish there were really clean solutions to cover the vent, replace the hole where the license plate should be, and for the third taillight. (Not black plastic, but things that are color matched, yanno)
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You know a lot of cars don't come with a spare now days it's a weight savings thing Porsche Corvette I guess they just say call AAA
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I do not run a spare in town. I think it depends on the tire your running. I have gotten a screw in my 35" MTs but it didn't cause the tire to go flat. I was able to drive to a tire shop and have it patched.

Really unless you have a blow out, you can drive to get it repaired. Even on my wifes truck which use to run street tires she would get nails etc and it never went so flat she couldn't get some where o have it fixed.


I do carry the spare in the cargo area when I wheel. Much more likely if you get a flat its not repairable.

I have been driving for 24 years and cant remember ever having a blowout. Had plenty on our work trucks that have re-treads tho.

In town - I think your alright.

Wheeling - carry your spare.

Worry warts - carry your spare
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I do not run a spare in town. I think it depends on the tire your running. I have gotten a screw in my 35" MTs but it didn't cause the tire to go flat. I was able to drive to a tire shop and have it patched.

Really unless you have a blow out, you can drive to get it repaired. Even on my wifes truck which use to run street tires she would get nails etc and it never went so flat she couldn't get some where o have it fixed.


I do carry the spare in the cargo area when I wheel. Much more likely if you get a flat its not repairable.

I have been driving for 24 years and cant remember ever having a blowout. Had plenty on our work trucks that have re-treads tho.

In town - I think your alright.

Wheeling - carry your spare.

Worry warts - carry your spare
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You know a lot of cars don't come with a spare now days it's a weight savings thing Porsche Corvette I guess they just say call AAA
Some porches actually come with two spares (as an option), because of the different tire sizes front and rear.

Some cars come with run-flats, as well, but... point taken

Around town, if you get a hole or have a leak, you can probably drive to a tire shop, or air the tire up enough to get to one. If you're off-road where you are more likely to get a pinch flat or blowout that isn't repairable or limpable... yeah, carry it.

Tires are a lot better than they used to be.
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Many new vehicles come without a spare. They have a repair kit and small compressor. If you go off-roading or away from help,then it would be wise to carry a spare. A lot of it to me is just getting use to running with no spare, just a repair kit. Those who ride motorcycles don't carry spares, just a plug repair kit. Any major blowout and you're sol anyways. That's life! Not the end of the world.
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Well in my 25 years of driving I have had a blow-out....glad I had a spare.

I've also once picked up a nail (new home construction area), drove to work just fine, but by the time I got off of work, had a flat. Glad I had a spare.

Your Jeep, do what you want. But I don't think I would dump my spare simply for looks.

Then again, everyone's situation is different. If your job is 4 miles away...maybe it is an easier risk. If your job is 40 miles away...I would not even consider it.
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Yes, the Wrangler looks great without the spare. You also have a weight reduction, which will help with power, MPG, and braking. O.K., them are all pluses.

So it reverts back to your comfort level, as to will you need it, because of a flat tire!

Personally, I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't. (It is a choice)!
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Yes, the Wrangler looks great without the spare. You also have a weight reduction, which will help with power, MPG, and braking. O.K., them are all pluses.

So it reverts back to your comfort level, as to will you need it, because of a flat tire!

Personally, I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't. (It is a choice)!
I thought I read somewhere that the stock spare tire carrier was only rated for 50lbs, so you won't be saving much weight... you'd save more by taking the rear seat out.
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It's mandatory if you ever want to go on a Jeep Jamboree, but I agree with most of these people, I wouldn't leave home without a spare...
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STill trying to find an easy way to get my spare in and out of the back. rolling it up a 2x4 is the easiest I found so far
Shovel works good too and it's dual purpose.
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I thought I read somewhere that the stock spare tire carrier was only rated for 50lbs, so you won't be saving much weight... you'd save more by taking the rear seat out.
Looking at his tires/wheels in his picture, his will probably weigh more than 50 pounds.
But even 50 lbs is still just extra weight, but agree on the rear seat, and that is one reason why mine has already been removed!
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I like that extra weight in the back of a 2dr JK, especially in winter...
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Well in my 25 years of driving I have had a blow-out....glad I had a spare.

I've also once picked up a nail (new home construction area), drove to work just fine, but by the time I got off of work, had a flat. Glad I had a spare.
I have a spare too..just might have to wait for it to be brought to me. Like I said, In town its not a huge deal.
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Your Jeep, do what you want. But I don't think I would dump my spare simply for looks.
Mine was for half looks and half because the stock carrier wasnt going to hold up to the weight of the 35" tire.
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Then again, everyone's situation is different. If your job is 4 miles away...maybe it is an easier risk. If your job is 40 miles away...I would not even consider it.
I drove 120 miles with no spare.... I didnt even Need Obama Care!
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Just a quick note: ever look in the trunk or rear cargo hold under a Cherokee lately? NO SPARE TIRE THERE!!!! HELLO it's 2014 for gods sake people. There's a frickin air pump with slime in the line pre loaded so you just plug and fill!!!
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Shovel works good too and it's dual purpose.
never thought about that, you got a point
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You know a lot of cars don't come with a spare now days it's a weight savings thing Porsche Corvette I guess they just say call AAA
My 335i has no spare but they have the run flats on it. Out of the 30 years I've been driving I have only changed 2 flat tires. That being said, I will always carry a spare on my rig. Never know when you'll puncture the sidewall on some rocks and be stranded in the middle of nowhere.
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Just a quick note: ever look in the trunk or rear cargo hold under a Cherokee lately? NO SPARE TIRE THERE!!!! HELLO it's 2014 for gods sake people. There's a frickin air pump with slime in the line pre loaded so you just plug and fill!!!
Andy,
(In case u didn't realize, this is Mike who you know from CJ's). You don't run a spare right? What is the slime pump u speak of? Lol. Any particular brands.

I do drive a decent amount for work but usually not much more than 30-40 miles from my home area. My tires are 33x12.5x15 duratracs. I haven't tried but wondering if it will lay down flat in the cargo area with my back seat up. It is a JKU so more space than the 2 doors for sure.

I do have AAA but towing is only covered for a short distance. That's probably all I need to get to a tire shop unless it's late at night and then I'm kinda screwed. Time to call a neighbor to bring my spare. Lol.

As for wheeling/mudding I would definitely take it with me. I am new to it and have only gone once so far but can't wait to go again.

Thanks for all the input everyone.
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funny timing . I just took my stock spare off yesterday and i am not going to put the new spare on unless i go out of town or in the woods wheeling. I have never needed a spare on a vehicle. a couple on trailers. But that is only in the last 30 plus yrs. so why carry the extra weight on my gate...?
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[QUOTE=Sofla Sahara JK;8261393]Andy,


I do have AAA but towing is only covered for a short distance. That's probably all I need to get to a tire shop unless it's late at night and then I'm kinda screwed. Time to call a neighbor to bring my spare. Lol.



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