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Unread 06-02-2010, 12:40 AM   #16
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I didn't realize that it requires an unusual volume of "balls" to ask a question such as this
It's not like I asked if I can fit 33's with only a 4" lift

There has been allot of good feedback on this subject
I do agree that a smaller spare is not a good idea though we haven't heard from anyone that has actually tried it!
Turning off the control systems is probably the only way to do this without severe problems.
I understand that our Jeeps came with a spare tire of the same size as the other four though I would not call any of them "Full Sized"
My main reason for starting this topic is a road trip in July.
I have 5 new wheels waiting for tires and a re-gear to 4.88's.
My spare tire was stolen last week otherwise the tires and re-gear would wait until after the trip.
So my options are stock tires no spare, new tires 3.21 gears, new tires 4.88 gears with very little time for brake-in and very little $ left, or the worst option Ride in my buddies mini-van
I do have a ViAir system ready to be installed so that reduces the risk!

Thanks for all of your continued input

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Unread 06-02-2010, 06:14 AM   #17
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First, let's understand that the small spare should be for short hauls, like getting out of the woods, where a tow truck will come pick you up.
Do not drive on road with this.
Second, always use the smaller spare on your front axle, and put the Jeep on 2HI.
Do not try 4x4 with the small spare.
When done, connect your programmer and clear any codes the computer could have generated (just in case you have axle problems in the future so they wont drop your warranty).

An old army friend of mine did that many times.

There are many reasons for carrying a small spare...

I do carry the OEM 32" even though I roll on 37"...
A deflated 37" with a very inflated 32" are not that far apart...

And as OP said, spare tire + carrier (so probably new bumper + carrier) = 1500$++

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Unread 06-02-2010, 06:32 AM   #18
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2008 Liberty has a compact spare. I haven't measured the wife's but i would think it would be smaller not only thinner. It has the same ESP system right?
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Unread 06-02-2010, 11:51 AM   #19
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2008 Liberty has a compact spare. I haven't measured the wife's but i would think it would be smaller not only thinner. It has the same ESP system right?
The outer diameter will be the same I bet cha.
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Here's a pic of the stock 32 and a 35 BFG MT to give you an idea for comparison.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 09:23 PM   #21
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Well I bit the bullet and orderd 5 new 35x12.5x17 MTR,K's
I should have them in a few days
I might try the small spare while I'm changing them over just so I can give a report to this thread!!!
I think it would be good information to know and share with everyone
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Unread 06-03-2010, 03:37 PM   #22
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The outer diameter will be the same I bet cha.
i'll take a look at it this weekend. i know in previous cars i had the spare was smaller in every way. they didn't have traction control or anything though
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Unread 06-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #23
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If you are looking for a lower cost alternative $50 solution. Get a used 35" tire with 20% of the tread left on it used wheel if it looks fugly Paint the wheel flat black or put a cover on it.

Back in my college days driving my 61 International scout I never paid more than $20 per tire some times a lot less LOL.

If you have a brand new tire and you are sticking with the same wheels most used tire shops would be happy to trade you a Used 35" tire for that new 32" spare.

Either way - Buy a compressor, bottle of slime + some plugs so you hopefully never have to use the spare. They have kits at Wally World for $25 - $50.
Uh, this. I'm glad to see I wasn't the first guy to come here and suggest this. You can pick up used 35" tires just at just about any sizable tire shop. Air compressor + plug kit is a MUST HAVE too.
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