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Old 10-30-2010, 07:48 AM   #1
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Spare tire

Just wondering what the general consensus is on actually mounting/carrying a spare tire. I know the obvious, (ie what about a flat) but it seems I see quite a bit of Jeeps out there running without. I'm planning on some new rims/tires, and I'm curious how many purchase the 5th rim for the spare. Also, I've seen some posts about the spare tire and its affects on the tail gate. I don't plan on doing any serious crawling, and its not my daily driver. I guess this is more of a poll of opinions.

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Old 10-30-2010, 07:54 AM   #2
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I carry a spare on every vehicle I drive. The Jeep is no exception. When I have the money to lift it and put larger tires and different wheels on it, I'll already have a new bumper with a spare tire carrier and I'll purchase 5 new tires and wheels. A spare tire is not optional equiptment for me.

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Old 10-30-2010, 08:01 AM   #3
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Always carry a spare thats the same size as the tires I'm running. Never understood why people (not just Jeeps) get bigger rims and tires but dont get the same size spare. Maybe its a cost thing but if you get a flat don't think its too safe.
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We all run them up here, nobody is willing to be the moron who ruins a run because of a flat non-repairable tire.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:27 AM   #5
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Just bought 5 tires and 5 rims. I rotate the spare in with rotations.
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Not optional to me either - I like that peace of mind.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:02 AM   #7
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not optional to me either - i like that peace of mind.

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Old 10-30-2010, 09:23 AM   #8
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At the moment I am not running with a spare. Haven't finished my tire carrier yet to carry the 33.
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:04 AM   #9
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I also run a full-size (33") spare and keep it in the rotation.
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:18 AM   #10
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i carry a spare on every vehicle i drive. The jeep is no exception.


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Old 10-30-2010, 10:43 AM   #11
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I personally spent the money for an extra full size tire and bought the swing arm to carry it. Its mounted on a stock wheel even though I have all after market wheels mounted but I still have a full size spare.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:06 AM   #12
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I carry a spare tire on all but the most extreme trails where the spare tire could get in the way. On those most extreme trails, we have tire repair equipment to repair pretty much any tire problem except a blowout and camp is usually less than a mile or two away so if needed, we could send someone back to fetch the spare. I managed to do a three-corner sidewall tear once and rather than send someone back to camp for my spare, I got it plugged enough to hold air with about 30 tire plugs which is a story in and of itself.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:22 AM   #13
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I don't leave home without it. All my vehicles have a full size spare.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:35 AM   #14
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Just bought 5 tires and 5 rims. I rotate the spare in with rotations.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:39 AM   #15
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I wouldnt even think of going anywhere without a spare. And remember to keep the pressure up in the spare. I found out the hard way that mine had a slow leak and looked fine till I put it on and it was pretty much flat. Thank god for Fixaflat.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:40 AM   #16
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My Jeep came with the OEM spare, which didn't come close to the 31x1050's mounted on Ultra rims.
I finally got around to buying new tires, and got a 5th rim, so that all 5 tires will match.

If you 'wheel, you should always have a spare that is comparable to your running tires.
People who are wheeling without a spare on the back, may have it strapped inside, nearby in another vehicle, or they may be one of those who always depends on the charity of others when they find their supplies lacking.

And yes, I too, plan to rotate all 5 tires, like 25172021k and Pokey stated.
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:05 PM   #17
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I believe more of us run with spares than with out. I sure do and I have matching rims and tires.
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:47 PM   #18
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I've got 33's with a spare, which the truck came with when I bought it.But I've been wondering its the stock spare tire holder is strong enough or if i should upgrade it before anything happens.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:34 PM   #19
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I've got 33's with a spare, which the truck came with when I bought it.But I've been wondering its the stock spare tire holder is strong enough or if i should upgrade it before anything happens.
That would be my next question, at what point should I worry about the tailgate an what are my options?
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:24 PM   #20
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The general consensus or at least what I have read is nothing over a 32 inch tire on the stock tire carrier on a tj at least, some people have made it by with 33's but I wouldnt trust it.
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Spare that is rotated with the other tires is the way to go.
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I have a full sized spare with matching rim. The tire is old and a little dry rotted but it holds air and is always there in case I need it. Especially off road.
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I believe more of us run with spares than with out. I sure do and I have matching rims and tires.
You also have my envy for driving such a beautiful Wrangler. When mine grows up I hope it looks just like yours, except Barbie Gold of course.
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:26 PM   #24
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There's no reason to NOT have the spare. Just look for some cheap used tire to match and mount it in the back. Different rim? Then just grab a cover for it.

That said, I'm a complete hypocrite and am running the stock tire while the Jeep has 31s.
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Always carry a spare thats the same size as the tires I'm running. Never understood why people (not just Jeeps) get bigger rims and tires but dont get the same size spare. Maybe its a cost thing but if you get a flat don't think its too safe.
It's ok, if you're within a size or two, and put the smaller tire on the back. Then obviously, as soon as you get to civilization replace it with a pair of good tires.

That's mostly why I don't worry too much about a spare. If you replace one, you need to replace two, so......... But, (and this is a big one) I don't wheel my Jeep much, and if I get stuck somewhere, I have a ride to get home, and I can get it taken care of. I have road hazard and towing, and frankly, for the driving I do, (almost entirely on road, with mine) it's not a worry.... Been driving longer than most of you have been alive, and never needed a spare.... For those that wheel regularly, I recommend a functional spare. It's no different than wheeling without proper recovery gear... You just shouldn't do it.

Edit: Oh, I should mention that I have been told, in no uncertain terms, that if I'm ever wheeling with Kate, without a spare, and have a flat, she is leaving my sorry ass in the woods........
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NOT having a spare is not an option. If you rip a tire open Fix-a-flat just won't make it. Sometimes in the Mojave, we're a very, very l---o---n---g walk from help.
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Edit: Oh, I should mention that I have been told, in no uncertain terms, that if I'm ever wheeling with Kate, without a spare, and have a flat, she is leaving my sorry ass in the woods........
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We all run them up here, nobody is willing to be the moron who ruins a run because of a flat non-repairable tire.
haha, very true. you can never be too prepared. a spare, especially a full sized one is (in my opinion) common sense for a jeep.

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