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Old 12-05-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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Spare tire or no spar tire

Looking to see what your thoughts are on having a spare tire on the back vs having no spare on the back. I know its preference but wanted to see what everyone thought about the looks. I currently have a spare on the back but its not a matching spare so I am thinking about taking it off.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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If the tire is the same size i would just buy a cover to cover the different rim, but if it's not I would take it off or get a matching one . That's just my thought tho, it's up to you.

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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Personally, I'd cover it if the rim and tire don't match. If you off-road, get a full-size spare and keep it on the Jeep.
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I carry a full size spare.... I'm glad that I do.

Doesn't match. Don't care.

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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Mine matches the outside diameter of the tire only. Different size (16" vs a 15" on the spare) and style (Moab vs a Canyon on the spare) wheel, different brand (Duratracs vs a Pirelli Scorpion on the spare)...it's just there because if I didn't have one, I know with my luck I'd blow a tire the next day. I'll eventually get a matching tire / wheel, but until then, the mismatched spare stays.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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I carry a full size spare.... I'm glad that I do.

Doesn't match. Don't care.

You can't just patch that?
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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I took my spare tire off because I thought a 30 inch tire would look out of place on my jeep since I have 35s.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #8
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The day I take mine off....is the day i get a flat & am stranded.....so spare for me

They look cool hanging off the back anyways once they are at least 33".
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I have 33-12.5-15 MTR'S and my spare is a 33-10.5-15 BFG all terrain I'll probably just hold off until I get 35's and buy all 5
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Looking to see what your thoughts are on having a spare tire on the back vs having no spare on the back. I know its preference but wanted to see what everyone thought about the looks. I currently have a spare on the back but its not a matching spare so I am thinking about taking it off.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:31 PM   #11
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Have 33's and no spare, brought it that way. I do carry a plug kit and air compressor.
I don't do any real rock crawling but plenty off road and beach driving.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:33 PM   #12
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Have 33's and no spare, brought it that way. I do carry a plug kit and air compressor. I don't do any real rock crawling but plenty off road and beach driving.
Mines behind my seat I saw this TJ that had a 35" stuffed in the back flat on the floor with a like wood carpet going over it like it was a trunk and he had a roof rack small one mounted on top to hold his gear. Was really clean looking I am thinking about just removing my back seat out do the lj and making a tire mount bracket inside for a 35" tire that I can put a quick release on it and just roll the tire out if needed to be replaced. I will post some pictures on a new thread and show it off its going to look really clean and safe .
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:54 AM   #13
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imo a wrangler just does not look complete w/o a matching spare bolted to the back of the tub....and, it is a smart idea to have it that way too.
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I only take mine when I go out wheeling. Around town never, have my patch kit and air and have never been let down.
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I currently dont run a spare tire but will be in the next 6 months or so when i pick up a gr8tops carrier...
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:41 PM   #17
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Gravity took mine off with the carrier, leaving the bumper as the spindle broke, off roading.

Having a tire saved me from any dammage when a car hit me from the rear. His hood was bent and grill no bueno after kissing my trailer hitch. My spare was marked up a little but the body A-OK.

Another time we were climbing a hill and I switched with my wife so she could drive. She tried to put it in gear but had it neutral and let off the brake. There was a 4 wheel of road vehicle (Raptor I think) behind us, we rolled back and I felt a bump. We stopped, got out to look...... and the spare tire saved the day. No dammage to either vehicle.

I also tore a tire up which broke its bead while low on pressure off road. The spare allowed me to drive home that day too.

I do have to say though, I get much better gas milage W/O the tire in the rear.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #18
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I just fly the Jolly Wrench on my Sport's butt end
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:25 PM   #19
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Fought with the same dilemma myself. Around town with an aggressive tread tire I'd say no. Maybe just a compressor and plug kit.
Off road would be a big mistake to not have a spare. Sharp rocks can tear sidewalls and I've even seen a piece rebar sticking out of the dirt more than once.
It would be nice not to lug around one but I gave in and still carry a spare all the time.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:18 PM   #20
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Only time I carry the spare is on long trips or off road. I'm not spending $500+ for a piece of metal to carry my tire. I toss it in the back when needed.
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Only time I carry the spare is on long trips or off road. I'm not spending $500+ for a piece of metal to carry my tire. I toss it in the back when needed.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:23 PM   #22
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I always carry a matching spare. But I like the look of a clean tailgate and don't want to worry about getting caught on anything so my spare is mounted inside my Jeep.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:29 PM   #23
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I always carry a matching spare. But I like the look of a clean tailgate and don't want to worry about getting caught on anything so my spare is mounted inside my Jeep.
Got any pictures? Is it like hard mount or just tied down?
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #24
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Matching tire different rim on my spare. No one probably even notices.
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Got any pictures? Is it like hard mount or just tied down?
Its a hard mount I designed. I obviously don't run a back seat. Here's a mini write-up I posted on JeepForum of the mount:

In-cab TJ Spare Tire Mount - JeepForum.com

I built it so I could slide my tools and camping gear underneath. This pic gives you an idea:
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I just fly the Jolly Wrench on my Sport's butt end
where did you find that?
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Its a hard mount I designed. I obviously don't run a back seat. Here's a mini write-up I posted on JeepForum of the mount: In-cab TJ Spare Tire Mount - JeepForum.com I built it so I could slide my tools and camping gear underneath. This pic gives you an idea:
I like that I plan in the same thing but since I have the Lj I will remove back seat and have the tire standing up on the right side of the jeep and bolted in place and then have a one seat in the back and still allowing me to have plenty of room for the gear as well. Or I can position the back seat closer forward and be fine aswell .
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I like the spare tire on the back. Makes a Jeep look better to me.
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where did you find that?
Located it on Ebay and it only ran like 20 bucks. My search was I think the obvious "Jeep spare tire covers". Good luck with the hunt!
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No spare

I made a spare tire delete plate for mine!!!
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