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.
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.
2005 Jeep Sport 4" lift With plenty of goodies
My Build Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/budget-jeep-1151796/
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.
1996 White ZJ
1987 Maroon YJ (sideways build)
1996 Forest Green XJ
nope, whenever i change tire size always make sure i have the appropriate sized spare.
2005 Red jeep Wrangler SE - warn rockcrawler front and rear bumper, warn rock sliders, 2" pro comp susp. lift, 33x12.5x15 BFG A/Ts, KC windsheild light mounts with el cheapo HF lights.
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.
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.)
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.