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Old 12-07-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Mounted my spare inside - for now

I had an opportunity to sell my bumper / tire carrier, so until I decide what's next, I have the spare inside. Doesn't seem to upset the handling on the syreet mounted on top of my Tuffy drawer. Still need to go offroad before I can say its an improvement or not. I want to find something with a better COG leverage point and clearance.








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Old 12-07-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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I have also permanently mounted my 35" spare inside my Jeep. I have the larger Tuffy security enclosure (the one without a slide-out drawer), and Tuffy says the lid can handle 200+ pounds of weight on the lid. So I took my spare tire carrier off the tailgate, made some careful measurements, and mounted it to the lid of the enclosure via 5 bolts. The spare is then held to the carrier with three lug nuts, just like before, so it isn't going anywhere.







This arrangement prevents dragging the tire on obstacles, and so far I've been very pleased with this setup.

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I am not crazy about taking up all that space with the tire, but am having a hard time coughing up $1000+ for a tire carrier. Can you feel weight when you offroad?
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I am not crazy about taking up all that space with the tire, but am having a hard time coughing up $1000+ for a tire carrier. Can you feel weight when you offroad?
I haven't really noticed it yet, no. Don't get me wrong; I know the wheel/tire combo weighs 80 pounds. So far, it hasn't been any more noticeable than if it were hanging off my rear bumper.

(I decided to do this for similar reasons: I already had my upgraded rear bumper and didn't want to deal with the cost (or the hassles) of mounting it there. While this placement does take up some interior space, it is space that I wasn't really using very much, anyway.)
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