I've always been a fan of carrying a spare - the same size as the other 4 tires. But I'm beginning to question that. My CJ currently spends all of its time on the street, and when I finally do get it ready for the trail (couple small issues), it'll still spend most of its life on the street.
Tires don't seem to flat like they used to - credit the advancements in tire technology I guess. And, with 35" MTs, the cut side wall is even less of an issue. I just keep thinking about that 100lb 3' obstruction back there... rattling, blocking my vision, making it a (small) hassle to get things in/out of the bed... and thinking of options like a plug kit and compressor (used that a few times - on other people's cars).
Anyone done that - ditched the spare for a plug kit and compressor?
It'd also make it easier to carry bikes and gear - the receiver hitch, access, etc. I'd definitely use the spare for anything off-road.
Personally I like having a spare. It's probably more of a personal choice. There are pro's and con's to each. I'd rather not get stuck on the side of the road, at night or in bad weather fighting with a plug and compressor. While on the trail I like the peace of mind of having a spare, as you never know what could happen there.
Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine
I detach my tire carrier from the bumper and run it for a total of five months throughout the year. If its an upcoming wheeling trip, I like to have a spare in case I lose a bead with the km2's but other than that, its coming off. I have AAA and cell service everywhere else not to mention a plug and seal kit and OBA if need be.
I have not bought my spare but I too am questioning the need for a matching BFG KM2, a tall skinny radial would serve the purpose, be lighter, cheaper and I can put a spare tire cover on it. I have carried a Safety Seal plug kit since 2000 but I would not want to rely on it; on the other hand, I don't remember changing a flat since 2000 either.
I used to keep the offending artifacts but the box was getting hard to close so I chunked them and started over, right now I have 1/3 of a utility knife blade and a drywall screw from tires repaired in the last six months.
I was on a state draw hunt in San Angelo and returned to my Dodge to find a 3/8" lag bolt in the sidewall of my MT and losing air, I put two or three plugs in it and drove it almost a year before I replaced the tire.
Worth every penny and more.
1978 Cherokee, 360/T400/QT...5.3/4L60E/NP241C in the works...
In this case, I believe the spare would completely block out the view if mounted on that angled part of the roll bar.
Mounted on the top above the passengers are would look better and be completely out of the way.
OTOH, Manhattan is not asking about re-mounting a spare.
Fair enough. I offered an opinion. Manhattan is free to ignore it, or not.
I will say, of the 3 tires i've blown in off-road situations, no amount of plugging would have repaired them. Fortunately, I had a spare in each case.
Of course, it depends on where you wheel. I'm not wheeling on 80-grit Moab rock, or muddy mid-western timbered trails. Some of the crap I roll over is rocky, sharp shale, or granite, that will slice a side-wall in a hurry.
My doctor told me I have no alternative and I need to eat less and exercise to quit carrying my spare ...... man he's a downer.
In DD and wheeling I've needed spares so it would be hard to get me to go without one. I have AAA too but even on remote highways those guys can be 3+ hours out when I could be rolling again in 20 minutes or less.
The AAA is really more for my wife when I'm not around
"It's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward!"
It almost three years and 20,000 miles I haven't needed my spare yet. But I will always have it WHEN needed.
I could probably run on flat tires. I drove home about two miles Sunday with 8 psi in all four tires. Other than it riding better, I couldn't even tell a difference.
I know about two hours were wasted Sunday dealing with what should have been a 15 minute tire change. Kind of a bummer for others involved.
78 CJ7.. 258.. TH400/Dana18.. SOA/stock YJ springs.. 35" General Grabbers.. Waggy 44s.. 4.88 gears...Spartan/Lockright...Fiberglass front to rear