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Old 04-07-2013, 09:07 PM   #21
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Good point.. I got a flat on my xterra in the middle of GODNOWHERE at 2am once on a gnarly dirt road and had to figure out how to drop the spare. luckily it was a full size and inflated. I need to keep that in mind with future tire purchases.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #22
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Spares worthless if you're running oversized. Drop it and leave it off. Anyone figured out if a 33" will fit under there?
I did it.

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You have to grind off the little wings that are closer to the cab and shove it under.

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False. I found a way that does not involve cutting under the pickup.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #23
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i did. literally, a week after i got my truck, i ran over a nail and had to run the spare cause i didnt have my wheels and tires yet. patched the tire and sold the set on the local craigslist. that awkward moment of having a brand new truck and one of the tires is a steelie :\.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #24
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I did and it took like fifteen minutes and my mag-light to help... Finally got it and felt like an idiot
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:16 PM   #25
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Dropped my tire and threw it away. Cut the chain off the thing, spares in the bed. No problem getting to it now
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:33 AM   #26
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i've done it twice. the last time was to flip it valve side down. it was a challenge on my driveway..out in the middle of nowhere, it will be a cuss-fest. that "hook-in-the-slot" thing is retarded..like turning a phillips screw with a flathead screwdriver..

i will search out this PVC thing.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #27
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^ Stock size tires are 265/65/17 and 265/70/16, but one size bigger 265/75/16 (32") tire still fits under the truck.

I have 4.5bs aftermarket rims with 265/75/16 AT tires mounted, and I also have a 16" OEM steelie with 265/75/16 AT tire as a spare to complete the set. Different offset, same size. Was told it will be fine so thats what I bought. Didn't have to use the spare from that set of (summer) tires yet.

First time I had to drop the spare on the Taco, it was -15F outside. Took a while.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #28
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Another good idea is to put a small padlock on the center-lock insert at the bottom of the chain to keep thieves from stealing your spare. I spend a lot of time in Mexico with my Taco, and Hermosillo is full of Tacoma Sports sans spares.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:45 PM   #29
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The only time I drop it is when the TPMS light comes on telling me the spare is low (can only be that since I check the others once a week).
X2, I also flipped my spare around so next time the TPMS light comes on I don't have to drop it the valve stem is pointing down.

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Once you know 'the trick' to getting the spare dropped, its easy.

I had to do this last month. Came out one morning to go to work and the passenger side rear is flat.

Changing tire is one of the first things I make sure to know how to do on a vehicle....like, I practice it at least once the first weekend I have it.

Takes me about 10 minutes, 15 total with cleanup, putting all stuff back in its place, stowing the now flat spare, etc.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:58 AM   #31
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I dropped it and lubed the cable two days after I bought my truck. I repeat that task a couple times a year. I want it to work correctly when / if I need to get to the spare.
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