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Old 12-19-2011, 12:24 PM
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Does everyone buy a matching spare?

I'm looking at upgrading my stock wheels and tires to something more... pleasing.

Just wondering if everyone buys the fifth wheel and tire for the back. My Jeep is a daily driver that will be used for fun trail rides, but not hard core four wheeling. I'm just wondering if I really need to spend the $500 for what I anticipate being a tailgate decoration.

Too risky?

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:29 PM   #2
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Your spare should at least be the same diameter. Otherwise you might not be able to use it when you need it.

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:48 PM
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Your spare should at least be the same diameter. Otherwise you might not be able to use it when you need it.
I would either go with no spare at all, or a matching wheel. I will probably buy the 5th, just wondering if anyone else thought about not doing it.

Seems like it might be a gas mileage benefit to not haul that extra weight around as well.
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I have a matching spare wheel, but not tire. I have a locker in the front but not the back so if I have a front flat on the trails, I'll have to put the spare on the back axle and one of the back tires on the front. Like someone said, you have to put same size on the same axle if locker is involved. Just hoping I never need the spare.

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Seems like it might be a gas mileage benefit to not haul that extra weight around as well.
You'll never realize a difference in gas milage comparing spare vs no spare (unless you have to drive on a flat tire and rim) .
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Way my luck goes with flat tires I bought matching tire and rim so just in case there would be no problem continuing until I can get flat fixed.
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I am just running a matching wheel with a different spare...same size, but different tire. I figure...40 dollars for a used tire is a lot cheaper than 250 dollars for a matching tire. Plus, since jumping to 35s, my buddy sold me the tire he had on his rig as a spare and its got probably 95% tread left on it still...cant beat that for 40 bucks.
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I would atleast get a used tire the same size so if you do get a flat you will have somethin until it gets fixed... You dont need to spend full price on a new tire and wheel to use for a spare.
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I went with all 5 matching, do it right and it looks good.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:33 PM   #9
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I Always buy the same size spare. You never know how many miles you might have to run it.
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I am running a matching spare. Allows you to rotate 5 tires versus 4. Get 20-25% more life out of a set of tires.

Not to mention it is handy if you blow a tire....separates the mall crawlers from true jeeps. You have to have a full size spare to run a jeep jamboree....in the rules.
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I am running a matching spare. Allows you to rotate 5 tires versus 4. Get 20-25% more life out of a set of tires.
^^^^^ That.
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I went with a matching spare also. A friend sold me a nice set of four 15x8 ravine wheels and I picked up a matching spare off of ebay.
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I am running a matching spare. Allows you to rotate 5 tires versus 4. Get 20-25% more life out of a set of tires.

Not to mention it is handy if you blow a tire....separates the mall crawlers from true jeeps. You have to have a full size spare to run a jeep jamboree....in the rules.
What he said^^^^^^^^^^
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #14
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And then there's this:

Do you think you'll never have a need for a spare if you don't wheel much? If so, you're being naive.

I had a blowout on I-35 in Austin, TX, years ago. Ran over a piece of angle iron that I couldn't avoid due to traffic in front and beside me. Without a full-size spare, I'd have been waiting on a wrecker. Personally, I wouldn't use a donut tire on a 4x4.

Try to save $$ on tires or lift, and sooner or later you'll get burned. JMO.
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I take the least worn tire from my old set and throw it on the back when I get a new set. I have the factory 15" rim with a 35 MT baja claw for the spare, and some 15" american racing rims with 35 MT MTZ under the Jeep. Just have to make sure that the spare is the same size or else youre in trouble and will ruin lots of expensive stuff if you drive your Jeep with a donut in one corner and 33's on the rest.
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I bought the matching spare, but mostly because it was there was a black Friday special on the tires.

I originally intended to buy 4, and then buy the 5th when I paid off the charge card, but definitely wanted the 5th.

Likes others have mentioned, I want to do a 5 wheel rotation so they will all last longer. That's the best reason to get the 5th wheel (other than eye candy).
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I try too but i do what the wallet allows
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:09 AM   #18
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I got a set of 4 tsl radials for dirt cheap but one of them had a fairly major "repair" done to it. It was safe, but not something that I want to overlook. I ended up replacing the damaged tire and rim and now have that one as a full sized spare.

I do carry plugs and other stuff to repair a tire on the trail, but depending on how bad it is a full size spare is the only option.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #19
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I do because it looks a ton better...

Currenty not running a spare at all though so my mickey thomposon signature wheel and new tire are just sitting in the garage lol.

do it right though...match it
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No spare here either.
I have a tire plug kit and a 12V compressor in the tool box. It has been over 15 years since I had to change a tire, but only a couple of months since I plugged one in place.
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I just bought a set of 5 wheels and i'll be getting a fifth tire after christmas
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I do because it looks a ton better...

do it right though...match it
Yeah, I knew I would have to go that way... I'm just wired like that. I was hoping you guys would convince me I didn't need to. hahaha

Of course last night I read a thread that talked about the fact that the 35" tires will ruin the spare holder and/or tailgate, so I guess I need to figure out what to buy to prevent that. Man... it's gonna be like this with everything, isn't it... hahahahaha
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Yeah, I knew I would have to go that way... I'm just wired like that. I was hoping you guys would convince me I didn't need to. hahaha

Of course last night I read a thread that talked about the fact that the 35" tires will ruin the spare holder and/or tailgate, so I guess I need to figure out what to buy to prevent that. Man... it's gonna be like this with everything, isn't it... hahahahaha
Yep haha. It's a fun game if you want to run 35s. The stock holder/tailgate would most likely get ruined with the weight of a 35 on there. I took mine off and keep my spare strapped down in the back(no rear seats). That is until I figure out a rear bumper/tire carrier.
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One other reason I forgot: I always have bad luck with things I buy being discontinued. I bought rims and tires for one of my previous cars and didn't get a full size spare. Sure enough, wrecked one of the rims and they were discontinued. I had to buy all new rims.
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Buy the same as the other four if you think you need it. Not just because. If you plan to offroad a lot and prefer not to deal with an off size then do it. If you plan to change the tire and feel lazy fixing the orig then do it. Otherwise leave it alone and replace it with one of old tires when you buy four new. Savings and does the job regardless, unless you want to look pretty.
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[QUOTE=Dempsey;1842087]I am running a matching spare. Allows you to rotate 5 tires versus 4. Get 20-25% more life out of a set of tires.

Not to mention it is handy if you blow a tire....QUOTE]


I went with a matching spare tire and rim. I have been rotating it in just a Dempsey suggest that way it shares the wear and doesn't dry crack before it gets used. Bite the bullet and get all five when you make your purchase. You will be happier in the long run. I don't like taking the risk of a cut sidewall and no way to get home.
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I am running a matching spare. Allows you to rotate 5 tires versus 4. Get 20-25% more life out of a set of tires.

Not to mention it is handy if you blow a tire....separates the mall crawlers from true jeeps. You have to have a full size spare to run a jeep jamboree....in the rules.
^^^^Same Here^^^^

And not just JJ, many organized runs with clubs require a full sized spare.
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No spare here either.
I have a tire plug kit and a 12V compressor in the tool box. It has been over 15 years since I had to change a tire, but only a couple of months since I plugged one in place.
I should have added that I do have a spare with a matching wheel. However the spare tire is used with good tread, but much less than half the cost of matching the new ones. It is a spare, intended for temporary use. There is no need to have a brand new tire just hanging around. I also put the tire carrier and spare back on when I get off the pavement.
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The size has to match the size that is on the jeep. If it doesn't you will not be able to use 4wd if you have to use the spare. As well it looks really stoopid with a little dinky stock tire on the rack when all the other tires have been upgraded. Just find a used tire for the spare.
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Yeah, I knew I would have to go that way... I'm just wired like that. I was hoping you guys would convince me I didn't need to. hahaha

Of course last night I read a thread that talked about the fact that the 35" tires will ruin the spare holder and/or tailgate, so I guess I need to figure out what to buy to prevent that. Man... it's gonna be like this with everything, isn't it... hahahahaha
Glad you're laughing, cuz that's about all you can do...

As for tire carriers, you can go with a bumper mounted one (lotsa $$) or an aftermarket version that'll replace your stocker. Depends largely on the weight of your tire/wheel combo. Just make sure that your spare is snugged up against the tailgate (buy a $10 set of Daystar bump stops to replace your stockers...cut em to fit).

A few links, from easy install to PITA. Merry Christmas!

Smittybilt 2743 - Smittybilt Oversized Tire Carrier in Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

OR-FAB 85207 - OR-FAB Swing-A-Way Tire / Can Carrier for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Didn't look at your profile to see what year you drive, but I believe both of the above are made for various models.

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