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Old 03-12-2019, 03:03 PM
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Is there a good and clean looking way to leave the spare tire off and have the ability to put it on when needed?

Most of our traveling is within 30 miles radius of the house. But occasionally, we may take a long trip once a year somewhere.

I am about to purchase new rims and tires and I am trying to save the 5th rim and tire price if possible.

I am currently running the stock rims with 315/70R17 with 1" wheel spacers. If i leave the stock rim for the spare and put a cover over it, will I be able limp back into town once the wheel spacers are gone?

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I don't know of a clean looking way to run without a spare but attach one quickly. There are tons of thread on here (many arguments) concerning 5 tire rotations. I myself believe in doing a 5 tire rotation. Over all you will get more mileage out of the full set of tires. Tire also have a shelf life so depending on how many miles you drive each year ( I don't drive a lot) the spare might be due to be replaced anyway. Might as well get some use out of it.
4 wheel drive systems do not like to have different sized tires, I know you said it is only a short distance so it might not be an issue but you don't want to be out somewhere and have to drive long distances with a spare that is different size then the other three tires. My vote is spend the money on a spare and rotate it in. Someone will disagree with me shortly....

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Maybe...depends on your definition of easy, I have the poison spyder rear delete kit installed and I have an aftermarket JCR bumper, that I remove the tire carrier from and reinstall when I go wheeling, this takes all of 15 minutes and for all of my non 4 wheeling trips I have full use of my rear window. it is a nice clean look. I would just keep the stock rim for your fifth wheel, just make sure you have the same size tires on all 5 rims. You really don't want 35's and a 32 as a spare even "limping back" this could be dangerous.
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I recommend a good tire repair kit and a portable air compressor. The spare needs to be the same size or you have problems with traction control. Also you can’t run in 4 wheel drive with different size tires. If you’re on the trail.
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I'm a big fan of 5 tire rotations too. As stated above, you don't really pay any extra money because the tires last that much longer. The biggest plus for me is that it makes rotating the tires much easier. Since I have 5 tires, I can get away with just jacking up one corner of the Jeep at a time.
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Find a used tire in a similar size.
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Is there a good and clean looking way to leave the spare tire off and have the ability to put it on when needed?

Most of our traveling is within 30 miles radius of the house. But occasionally, we may take a long trip once a year somewhere.

I am about to purchase new rims and tires and I am trying to save the 5th rim and tire price if possible.

I am currently running the stock rims with 315/70R17 with 1" wheel spacers. If i leave the stock rim for the spare and put a cover over it, will I be able limp back into town once the wheel spacers are gone?
If you need the spacers to run that size tire with the stock rims, how do you think it's going to work if you put it on the Jeep without the spacers?

Buy they 5th wheel and tire and then if you don't want to run the spare on the back while you're near home, leave it in your garage and put it back on for any road trips.

And not to be chicken little, but a 315 tire on a 7 1/2" rim is kinda tight.
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A used tire of similar size, cheepo rim and put a cover over it. No one will know it doesn't match and it can still get you home.
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On my TJ, ran 33x12.50-15 tires on 10” wheels. The spare was a properly backspaced 7” wheel with a 33x9.50-15 tire.
Doing that helped reduce weight as well as rear overhand while still providing the correct height tire.
Haven’t gotten that far on my JK, but figure to do something similar.
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I'm a big fan of 5 tire rotations too. As stated above, you don't really pay any extra money because the tires last that much longer. The biggest plus for me is that it makes rotating the tires much easier. Since I have 5 tires, I can get away with just jacking up one corner of the Jeep at a time.

I can do a 4 tire rotation faster and easier than I can do a 5. You have to jack 4 times on a five tire rotation and move the jack each time. You only have to jack 3 times with a 4 rotation. You have to pick up/put down the impact gun at least 8 different times on a 5 and only twice on a 4. The only thing extra you have on a 4 that you don't have on a 5 is setting up of jack stands and that takes about an extra 4 minutes.


In the end, a 4 is way faster. Because all 4 wheels are off the ground you can do it 'assembly line' style.


And yes... you pay the same money in the end because you end up having to buy 5 new tires, not 4
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Is there a good and clean looking way to leave the spare tire off and have the ability to put it on when needed?

Most of our traveling is within 30 miles radius of the house. But occasionally, we may take a long trip once a year somewhere.

I am about to purchase new rims and tires and I am trying to save the 5th rim and tire price if possible.

I am currently running the stock rims with 315/70R17 with 1" wheel spacers. If i leave the stock rim for the spare and put a cover over it, will I be able limp back into town once the wheel spacers are gone?

Pack a tire plug kit and a can of air. That will work for you in most cases that don't involve sidewall damage.


You can travel short distances with (slightly) different sized tires without issues. 100's of thousands of vehicles do it every day with donut spares.
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I can do a 4 tire rotation faster and easier than I can do a 5.

Takes me the same amount of time at Discount Tire, plus they will balance. Included in the tire purchase and I can sit inside in AC comfort and read a book.
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Takes me the same amount of time at Discount Tire, plus they will balance. Included in the tire purchase and I can sit inside in AC comfort and read a book.

Yeah... well...

It may be hard to believe, but some of us actually do our own tire rotations, mostly because we enjoy it more than reading a book
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Yeah... well...

It may be hard to believe, but some of us actually do our own tire rotations, mostly because we enjoy it more than reading a book

I get it, I enjoy working on the Jeep as well. My tires are 110 lbs and my back isnít what it once was. And since the tire place is 1 mile from my house I can make an appointment and be in and out pretty quick.
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Yeah... well...

It may be hard to believe, but some of us actually do our own tire rotations, mostly because we enjoy it more than reading a book
I buy my tires at discount tire. They not only rotate them for free, but they rebalance them for free everytime they are rotated. Before I figured this out, i rotated my own tires, but the rebalance obsoleted me.
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