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post #1 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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How many are guilty of this, i know I am

I see it all the time around my area, jeeps running 33's or bigger and the factory spare on the back. How is things in your area? I had 245's on my Rubicon and went to 265's but didn't do the spare, im guilty of it to.

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 10:58 AM
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Jeep came with 31s and a stock spare, When I got new 31s the old one went on the spare. Added a wheel spacer to make sure I could use the spare when needed.
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 12:18 PM
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haha yeah me too, I had 245's or something like that before I got 33's. I only could afford 4 33's and never got around to buying the 5th one.

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post #4 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 12:26 PM
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I have always purchased a new set of 4 from discount tire, then found a spare 33" on craigslist. My first spare 33" cost $50 and only had like 40% tread. My second spare cost $100, but was a brand new 33" MTR and had a matching steely. I think it is important to have a full-size spare if you do any offroading where you get decently far from your camping point. As you can see, 33" spares can be purchased for very cheap as long as you keep an eye out. When I bought the 1st spare, I actually sold my stock spare for $110. Nice profit there.

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post #5 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 12:58 PM
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My wife failed to understand why I was buying 5 tires, not 4, when I did the lift and went from 29's to 31's. She also didn't get why I was buying 5 for her Durango when we went from stock 245/70/17's to 285/70/17's.

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post #6 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 01:03 PM
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guilty. i have 33's and no spare but the stock spare is in my garage
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post #7 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 01:40 PM
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Not guilty, yet. But I'm only going to be going from a 30x9.50R15 to a 31x10.50R15. Stock spare has never hit the pavement.
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post #8 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:38 PM
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nope, whenever i change tire size always make sure i have the appropriate sized spare.

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post #9 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 02:38 PM
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When I went to 33's and new wheels I bought all 5 and do the 5 tire rotation every 5K miles. There is a guy with a JKU in my neighborhood that has 4 new wheels/tires and took the spare off about 6 months ago. He is just driving with the tire carrier empty on the back now.
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 04:04 PM
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Spare? What's that?
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post #11 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 04:36 PM
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I always buy five. I figure if a tire fails, I am somewhere where a full size is needed. Lockers don't like different tire sizes. Off cambre Moab trails don't like different sizes. And so on...
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 05:30 PM
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Not me... The nice thing about running a matching spare is being able to do a five-tire rotation. (Along with just being easier to rotate tires, should I need to use the spare, it will match tread wear along with the other four.)

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post #13 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 07:04 PM
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31s and a 30" spare for now, but that's the way it was when I bought it. Next set of shoes it gets will have all five matching. Five-tire rotation for longer tread life.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 07:55 PM
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I'll admit it. I'm guilty. My bil bought me a spare tire cover and then I lifted it. Eventually want to redo the whole back. Need new hinges and undecided on new ones or just doing the drop down kit. Also want to do something with the third brake light.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-18-2013, 08:48 PM
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being a poor college kid I had to keep my stock spare while I had 32x12.5 all terrains. That was until my tire blew out sitting in the driveway and I had to replace them.
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