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Old 02-10-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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Do I need to change the spare wheel carrier

I have a 98 Sahara, with stock 225/75 R15 tyres on her. The grand plan in the next few months is to change the tyres to 31x10.5xR15. She's on stock suspension, so I accept I might get the odd bit of rubbing on full lock. Anyway, the query I have, is will I need to modify the spare wheel carrier in any way, what with the middle brake light....

For those of you running this tyre size, what did you experience?....

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Old 02-10-2011, 08:52 AM   #2
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You should be ok with 31's.

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Old 02-10-2011, 08:55 AM   #3
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31 inch tire fits fine on the stock mount and you should not have to adjust the 3rd light either. I had to lift my light only after putting on a 33 inch tire.
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As others said you will be fine with 31's. I had to make adjustments to mine when I put 33's on it.
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You'll be fine. Of course, if you want to buy an aftermarket one, we sell a nice one... :-).

Just kidding. 31" on the factory is acceptable. Make sure it fits tight - even worse than too much weight is vibration and "wiggling." Make sure your tire touches that bump stop on the tailgate. Some people need to adjust those.

And if you use the tailgate a lot, or do a lot of really bumpy offroad, at some point you may start stressing the hinges. But I doubt it.
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You'll be fine. Of course, if you want to buy an aftermarket one, we sell a nice one... :-).

Just kidding. 31" on the factory is acceptable. Make sure it fits tight - even worse than too much weight is vibration and "wiggling." Make sure your tire touches that bump stop on the tailgate. Some people need to adjust those.

And if you use the tailgate a lot, or do a lot of really bumpy offroad, at some point you may start stressing the hinges. But I doubt it.
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I sent you a pm regarding the bestop tire carrier. Did you ever get it?
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Thanks for all the advise, one less thing to do and buy! Money saved for somthing else....
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Hey I ran 31 10.5 on my 98 sahara and put a 1/4 in spacer on the front wheels and they still rubbed at full lock pretty bad when the tires were new. The rubbing got less and less as the tires wore down though. But, i still had rubbing with a spacer on there. I didn't change my spare so I wouldn't know.

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I sent you a pm regarding the bestop tire carrier. Did you ever get it?
I just answered. I have too many mailboxes, and tend to ignore the ones where no one yells at me.
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I would not reccomend wheel spacers at all; just get different wheels with the correct backspacing. Also, my 31x10.50 on a stock rim would NOT fit on my spare tire carrier. I'm not sure what the other fellas have done to make thiers fit, but I just bought aftermarket wheels with 3.75" backspacing. Fits a 31x10.50 with room to spare! And no rubbing at full turn on stack suspension.
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Arh. Just when I thought this was clear cut. The plot thickens...
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Hahah, sorry man. I just know that with my stock tire carrier and my stock wheels, I can't fit a 10.5" wide tire on it. The lugs on the carrier are just not long enough. But, I bought a set of procomp steel wheels for $50 bucks apiece with the 3.75" backspacing. Solved my rubbing problem on my front tires, and my non-fittment issue on the carrier. (I may have just made up that word, non-fittment)
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I would not reccomend wheel spacers at all; just get different wheels with the correct backspacing. Also, my 31x10.50 on a stock rim would NOT fit on my spare tire carrier. I'm not sure what the other fellas have done to make thiers fit, but I just bought aftermarket wheels with 3.75" backspacing. Fits a 31x10.50 with room to spare! And no rubbing at full turn on stack suspension.
Yeah I didn't like the idea either so what we did is we got lug nuts that have a longer neck and bored the stud wholes out a little bigger to let them fit through so that we could get more nut on the stud with the spacers on there and the oe nuts still grab the wheel so when I went back to the smaller tires I removed the spacer and went back to the original nuts

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I run 32s and the spare fits fine on the stock rack... Just a PITA to take on and off.
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I run 32s and the spare fits fine on the stock rack... Just a PITA to take on and off.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:22 PM   #18
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Then of it's a PITA to take on and off then does it really fit just fine?

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Yea it fits fine, I've had no problems except for my lifting it with my scrawny arms haha
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i can fit a 31 on mine with an aftermarket wheel, and a 15x7 stock wheel it will fit, but it wont fit with a 15x8 canyon wheel, so how wide of a rim do you have
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Yea it fits fine, I've had no problems except for my lifting it with my scrawny arms haha
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Whilst this is not my car, its as close to. This picture clearly shows the style of the stock wheel I'm referring to .

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I just put 31 x 10.5 x 15 on with 3.75 backspace yesterday and it fits fine on the tire carrier, but it doesn't touch the bottom bump stop.
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Keep it coming, thanks for all the information so far.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:07 PM   #25
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What is wrong???
2004 unlimited all stock-duratraks 31x10.50x15--rub on full turn

prior to buying several on forum said "no problem"

Obviously some do have a problem

Any sugestions on what to do other than -avoid hard turns which can be difficult

don't want to do any lift

Appreciate any feedback
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Www. Stu-offroad.com there's a wrote up to adjust the steering stops with a couple of washers. easy as pie.

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