Replacing compace spare with full sized spare.
Hey guys! I have a question regarding my 1997 ZJ.
Awhile back, I replaced the compact spare with a full sized spare. The threaded rod that secures the tire to the wall is barely long enough to protrude thru the black plastic retainer so I can get the wing nut on it. It works, but barely. I have perhaps 3 or 3 threads engaged in the wingnut. I am concerned as to whether this is secure enough to withstand the forces of a crash and keep the tire in place. I'd sure hate to catch a spare tire with my head during a crash.
I also found that to make the switch, I had to remove the threaded rod from the hole in the sheet metal flange that holds it to the wall and re-install it from the other side.
1. Safe enough, or not?
2. I know some of these Jeeps came with full sized spares. I saw one of them at a junkyard yesterday. (I assume that it had a full sized spare because of the vinyl cover. The actual spare was missing). I found that the threaded rod from that Jeep did not give me any more length than mine does.
3. Is there a different set of parts for mounting a full size spare vs. a compact spare?
Last edited by artemis5; 10-11-2013 at 06:20 PM..