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post #1 of 7 Old 03-19-2017, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Spare tire in tub for weight distribution?

I was thinking about taking my backseat out and mounting the 35" spare flat in the tub (possibly with a hard tonneau platform mounted over it). Currently it's mounted on the heavy duty swing-out tire carrier/bumper combo I have...

How much on-road and off-road advantage is there to taking that weight off the back end and centering it in the tub? I'll lose the backseat, but I'm thinking it'll be worth it for better performance and also looks (i.e. going aluminum on the rear bumper).


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post #2 of 7 Old 03-19-2017, 06:52 PM
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I removed the back seat to allow room for my trail gear. I like to go exploring and that requires lots of space for sustaining life out in the boonies.
My spare tire is still mounted on the swing gate bumper... HTH
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-19-2017, 11:40 PM
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I recently sold my tire carrier/bumper combo and went with a low profile bumper from Next Venture and now I just throw the 35" in the tub (secured) like you're talking about. I can't say I've really noticed a difference while wheeling, other than I no longer hit my rear bumper coming off of ledges.




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post #4 of 7 Old 03-20-2017, 11:02 AM
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Yeah, I'm not sure I noticed a difference in terms of weight distribution but it's definitely way better for clearance.
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-20-2017, 09:32 PM
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Diddnt notice much difference either, did notice the loss of cargo space however. Day trips are OK, overnighters Id like the extra room
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-21-2017, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, well maybe it's not as worthwhile as I thought then. It would make a difference on certain hill climbs, but I was looking for handling advantages in other situations as well. The backseat gets used maybe once a year, I was just thinking it would be all around sportier to eliminate the whole tire assembly hanging off the back.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-21-2017, 04:29 PM
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I think more likely to see a difference from eliminating the weight rather than moving it. I'm not someone who runs without a spare and wouldn't advocate that though. TJ suspensions not finely tuned enough for the shift to change that much.
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