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Unread 05-13-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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Ride without spare tire

Who rides without the spare on the back? Anyone got pics? Pros/cons...besides the obvious no spare tire.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 08:14 AM   #2
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Pros:

Lighter
Looks better IMO
Technically better visibility
Less weight o the tailgate

Cons:

No spare tire

Up to you whether you want to risk it or not. I do.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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I always have a spare tire when I am taking long trips. Only time i ride without a spare is when I am just staying with in 10 miles of my house. The one thing i will never understand is why people will upgrade to larger tires except for the spare. I wonder what it would be like driving with a 35 on one side of the axle and then a stock 29 on the other side.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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I always have a spare tire when I am taking long trips. Only time i ride without a spare is when I am just staying with in 10 miles of my house. The one thing i will never understand is why people will upgrade to larger tires except for the spare. I wonder what it would be like driving with a 35 on one side of the axle and then a stock 29 on the other side.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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I'll never ride without a spare. Ever. One piece of junk in the road, or pot hole you didn't see until it was too late, and you're done. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, or worse - ghetto land, with no way to get home.

I too don't understand upgrading without upgrading the spare. I was recently out on a trip where a guy with a "p**ile extension" Ford F-250 had a stock spare and blew a bead less than 10 minutes into the trip. We had to tow his sorry a** back to the barn so they could fix his tire while 90% of us went on. Dumb***!!!!
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Unread 05-13-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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I was thinking just for daily driving around town. not out of town. and AAA?
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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:14 PM   #7
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I haven't removed the spare, however I've never needed to use it...yet. I do, however, keep a plug set, with appropriate tools, to fix the flat, on the spot. I've even done it without needing to remove the wheel. A great thing to have.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 03:26 AM   #8
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I'll never ride without a spare. Ever. One piece of junk in the road, or pot hole you didn't see until it was too late, and you're done. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, or worse - ghetto land, with no way to get home.

I too don't understand upgrading without upgrading the spare. I was recently out on a trip where a guy with a "p**ile extension" Ford F-250 had a stock spare and blew a bead less than 10 minutes into the trip. We had to tow his sorry a** back to the barn so they could fix his tire while 90% of us went on. Dumb***!!!!
Couldn't agree more.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 05:13 AM   #9
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Currently I run the stock BFG as a spare running 35s. I've debated ditching the spare altogether. I've seen oversize spares rip off the carriers from rocks, break off in prerunning scenarios, get guys hung up on obstacles, and bend stock tailgate sheet metal way more times than I've seen beads or sidewalls rip. I do live in FL tho so the terrain is mostly sugar sand and mud. Actually mounting and running a stock spare with oversized tires will look ridic but the same as running a donut on a car. Doable in a pinch, I certainly won't engage my lockers. I also carry a plug kit and needed it once from a nail in the tread, not sidewall. I am considering mounting one of my 35s that is close to wearing out as a spare but that means big $$ for some type of carrier or use valuable space to carry inside. I guess it's down to priorities for me and this just isn't one.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 08:44 AM   #10
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Seems like the electronic drivetrain systems would freak out running a smaller spare tire.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #11
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Good point. I wouldn't run far like that. Just limp a few miles to a tire shop if need be.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 10:35 AM   #12
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Smaller can cause trac control and abs to be confused and probably will. On a vehicle with auto 4wd it can cause 4x4 to kick in going down road. Also diff carriers will not like one tire going more revolutions than the other.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #13
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Seems like the electronic drivetrain systems would freak out running a smaller spare tire.
and spider wear even could break a spider.

A spare is like a winch or a fire extinguisher a weapon. The one time you do need it and do not. Your stuck, your Jeep burns to ground, you are dead.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 02:20 PM   #14
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I run 33X`12.5 on the jeep but have a 33x9.5 BFG MT spare on the stock tire. It has been there about 12 years now. It is covered so it shouldn’t rot. I choose this tire because it was very light (almost paper thin sidewall) compared to other similar size tires.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #15
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I keep my spare in the back (backseat removed). A 33 fits nicely between the wheel wells.
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