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Old 12-02-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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Spare tire up front

Hey All,

I'm new here and to jeeps. I have an 06 sport with 35's and a lift. I use a storage rack in back all the time due to my job, and I am thinking about mounting the spare tire to the front bumper so it does not cost me space. Has anyone done this or is there any reason I shouldn't?
Thanks for the help.

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Old 12-02-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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i would think that seeing over the tire may b your issue. 35 in takes up alot of room in the back take it to the front and you will see or not

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Old 12-02-2008, 07:08 PM   #3
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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a 35" tire is a pretty big tire, it might obstruct you view.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:12 PM   #5
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anotherthing your already drivin a brick on wheels put that 35 up front and u r gonna b pushing the air even worse than it is with out the tire on the front
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:20 PM   #7
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with the tire in the front obstructing your view and slowing you down and decreasing your mpg. Ya might think about a rack on top and keeping the tire on the back OR putting the tire up top.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:24 PM   #8
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on your hood or in front of radiator. if you block radiator your motors gonna start running hotter
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:03 PM   #10
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Lol just put it on top of the hood!!! that will solve your worries. Make sure you add a 35x12.5 on there though.




Jokes aside, if you put it flat against the grill you are looking at the tire being about a foot over your hood.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:04 PM   #11
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Steel wheels with 35 inch tires will not only make your engine run hotter, it will probably make it over heat...

35in tire on the hood, the thin hood is gonna dent/buckle.

You don't want it in the rear, so that's out.

Your only two options left, are putting it in the trunk (Which is probably out), or getting one of those wilderness roof racks that bolt to the rear corners/windshield hinges and can hold a hundred pounds or two. You'll gain space in the rear, won't be running your engine hotter/adding a wall in the front of your brick, and you'll gain a little extra storage space as long as you weight the tire and measure how much more you can fit on top safely.

For a cheap fix, a hard top is rated at 125lbs I believe if you already have a hard top, and a 35in tire probably weights ~60lbs plus 10 for the wheel, so theoretically you could just attach it to the roof somehow (NOT a soft top obviously). But I would go with a wilderness type roof rack.
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my 35x12.5r15 mounted on a 15x10 aluminum rim weighs about 80lb
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:03 PM   #13
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Actually,
u can get a front mount hidden hitch and move your rack to the front and keep the tire in the back. Have one and it is really handy!

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Thanks everyone. I mean to say 33's not 35's...wishful thinking I guess.
I guess I didn't think about it enough.
The Jeep has a soft top now, but I would like to put a safari top, windjammer, and duster on it. I would also like to get a storage rack that attaches to the roll bar. Has anyone made their own? (Storage rack)
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:39 PM   #15
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I've always been leary of transporting gear in front. A High-lift jack that comes loose at highway speeds can cause damage that you don't want to imagine. (to your Jeep and/or yourself!) I would hate to think of what a tire tumbling underneith your Jeep would be like after loosening itself after a day on washboard roads would be like. Whatever solution you come up with, just make sure everything up front is well secured and have a back up securement strap or something to give you piece of mind.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:37 AM   #16
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Perhaps consider doing it old school - like the CJ's. Spare tire is mounted on the right rear quarter panel. I have not seen anyone do this with a TJ yet but just another idea. I would imagine you would need to get your hands on an older tire carrier, check the bolt pattern fits and reinforce the side.

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Old 12-04-2008, 05:23 PM   #17
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My vote is still for a wilderness style roof rack.

Or, since you have a jammer, get one of the spare tire kits that put the spare above the jammer.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:17 PM   #18
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ammo,
I'm guessing that you might be in the ammunition buiss. If you dont use your backseat you may be able to keep your tailgate mounted spare. If you wanted to do a little fabricating.
I have seen gun cases made for trucks that are like tool boxes but full bed length. If you were to mount a couple guide bars in the back seat area you would be able to mount a rack of some sorts in there and put your product on the rack and be able to have it covered along with keeping your tire in the back. Open the tail gate and roll out the rack for easy loading and unloading of product.

Just throwing ideas out there. doesnt mean they are good ones...lol

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