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Old 02-07-2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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spare tire - stay or go?

So, i have 33 inch tires on my 06 wrangler but i still have the stock spare tire mounted.

I dont currently have the money to buy a new spare tire and the carrier, and im not going to mount a 33 inch tire to the existing mount because I dont want to end up having tailgate issues - I have read most of the available threads on that issue and have decided that id.rather not risk it, because any slop in the tailgate would drive me absolutely nuts.

But what I havent been able to find is a thread on the useability of the stock spare in a pinch with the main tires being 33 inches.

I would imagine that it would be worse than useless on road. But I do a fair amount of camping in the forest/desert and am wondering if the stock spare would be at all usefull in getting back to a main road where the tow bill wont be as expensive as if they have to come haul my butt out of somewhere.

Im thinking I could just swap the tires around so that the spare would end up on one of the front tires and then just run disco'd in 2hi/lo without putting too much strain on anything.

Would that work?

If not im just going to take it off because it looks ridiculous and is a waste of weight.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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In Cal4wheel events, they require a spare within 3" of what you are running. If necessary, you could probably limp out on a stock tire.

An option you can do (which is what I do), is go to your tire shops in town and ask if they have any 33" take-offs. As long as it holds air, and isn't completely bald, you will have a functioning spare. I have done this 3 times or so...and they only charged me 25-30 for the tire.

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An option you can do (which is what I do), is go to your tire shops in town and ask if they have any 33" take-offs. As long as it holds air, and isn't completely bald, you will have a functioning spare.
This is a great option if funds are too tight to purchase a new tire/wheel.

I would NOT be without a spare. You're putting yourself at the mercy of "chance". And you'll usually lose when that happens.
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In Cal4wheel events, they require a spare within 3" of what you are running. If necessary, you could probably limp out on a stock tire.

An option you can do (which is what I do), is go to your tire shops in town and ask if they have any 33" take-offs. As long as it holds air, and isn't completely bald, you will have a functioning spare. I have done this 3 times or so...and they only charged me 25-30 for the tire.
That is a great idea! Unfortunately id still run into a problem mounting it.


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This is a great option if funds are too tight to purchase a new tire/wheel.

I would NOT be without a spare. You're putting yourself at the mercy of "chance". And you'll usually lose when that happens.
Well, 99% of my driving is city driving so worst case Id have to get picked up, go buy a spare and then change it myself.

The only time I can see the undersized spare being useful is in an offroad situation - because i dont think i can maintain speed on a city street safely with that big of a difference in tire size.

And unfortunately I use my back seats fairly often, otherwise I would just take them out and mount a full sized spare back there.
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That is a great idea! Unfortunately id still run into a problem mounting it.
On the jeep or on the wheel?

On the jeep, quite a few people run 33" tires on factory carriers, they just make some modifications so its not just "hanging" there.

If you dont have another aftermarket wheel, you may run into a problem...unless you found like a 33x10.5 or 9.5 by chance. However, if you picked up a Soft 8, and found a tire shop with a 33" take off...you could have a rolling spare for 100 or less most likely.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #6
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I have 33's and a 30" spare and open diffs. If the plug kit won't fix the 33" tire, then the 30" spare will get me to a tire shop.

With lockers and spools it is critical to have a matching size spare. Open diffs can tolerate a mismatch size spare temporarily.
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On the jeep or on the wheel?

On the jeep, quite a few people run 33" tires on factory carriers, they just make some modifications so its not just "hanging" there.

If you dont have another aftermarket wheel, you may run into a problem...unless you found like a 33x10.5 or 9.5 by chance. However, if you picked up a Soft 8, and found a tire shop with a 33" take off...you could have a rolling spare for 100 or less most likely.
On the jeep. Ive read enough horror stories about sagging and rattling tailgates to keep me from using the stock carrier.

I may just go get a spare and take out the back seat and stick it back there when im planning on going offroad.

A spare tire/wheel shouldnt be too expensive, but aftermarket carriers are up there in price.

Im just not seeing the point in carrying around a spare tire everyday thats not useable in an everyday situation.
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I always carry a spare, but have never needed it. But, if I take it off, guess what? !! LOL.

I also found my spares as take offs from a local tire store. The 35" hanging off my Jeep right now cost $15.

I also used to run a 33" tire on the stock carrier for years without a problem with proper bumpstop spacing. I understand your concern on doing this though.
The swapping of the spare to the front will work in a pinch to get you off a trail, or to a tire store.
Maybe you could find a 31" take off for a spare to make it a little closer in size vs the stock spare.?
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I've been running a 33 x 12" spare on an after market raised carrier bolted to the tailgate for a year and a half with no ill effects, but I wouldn't go any larger on the stock one. As mentioned above, a 9.5" or 10.5" tire in a 33" would make a great spare on the stock carrier.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:29 AM   #10
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Many of us have 33's on the stock carrier. I've had a 33x12.5 for 5+ years. My carrier and tailgate are fine.
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many of us have 33's on the stock carrier. I've had a 33x12.5 for 5+ years. My carrier and tailgate are fine.

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I have a 33" mounted on my stock carrier too. I just used hockey pucks to space the 5 bump stops out so they would make contact with the tire, and added a little L-bracket to the bumper so the tire would fully rest on it and the weight would be taken off the carrier.

I bought this used 33" tire on craigslist for $25 specifically for a spare.

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:32 PM   #13
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My spare 33 on stock carrier sits on my rear bumper in a way so all the weight isn't on the tailgate.
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My spare 33 on stock carrier sits on my rear bumper in a way so all the weight isn't on the tailgate.
mine would too if it had full tread

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