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Spare Tire Flip

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Taco John, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:51 AM
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    Taco John

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    Anyone flipped their spare tire over so that the valve stem is down? With it up, it is a PITA to check and fill.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    I have mine upside down..... one of the members (don't remember who at the moment) bought a valve extension, so the tire can be right side up and the pressure checked quite easily. That's one of the next mods I plan on doing.
     
  3. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM
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    Mine's upside down. No problems so far.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    Thanks. I couldn't see any reason not to flip it, but I didn't want to drop it just to find out there was some reason it had to be the way it was.
     
  5. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:04 AM
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    Is that the most lame setup for a spare tire or what. I don't feel good about that cable being the only thing holding the tire to the truck.:threadjacked: :sorry:
     
  6. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    I've had a bunch of trucks with them held up like that. Never a problem but I never get too serious off road either. Now that I think about it, I've never actually had to drop one of those spares to change a flat either! I've had them down to install a hitch or something like that...
     
  7. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:09 AM
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    I hear you. It's kinda common to flip the spare, at least around here. I believe it's even in the cheap taco mods but I could be wrong.

    The taco isn't the only truck with it. I've seen some similar cables hanging from other trucks, obviously the spare wasn't there.
     
  8. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:15 AM
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    I am one of those members that has flipped their spare tire and added an extension valve stem that is attached to the rear bumper for ease of "air application", works great for me, had it like that for sometime now no problems.
    Fuck that dick'en around with it flipped the other way!
     
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    I also look at that cable and think it would be nice to have something else locking the wheel/tire in place. Something like an "L" bracket that rotates into place from both sides.

    However, I know this system has been used for years on many trucks, and rarely fails.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:57 AM
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    Some of the domestics for the past number of years have had a "safety" feature of some sort an their spare tires. GM has used some sort of safety lock that is incorporated into the cable system. i was with a guy last year at work and got a flat, The safety lock failed (which I hear is very common) not allowing the spare to be dropped. Had to wait for someone to show up with an acetylene torch to burn off the cable assembly.

    Ford is using another cable that is attached to the frame of the truck on one end, and secured to the tire by means of a bolt/nut on the other end of the cable that attaches to the rim through one of the wheel stud holes.

    They use allot of road salt here in the winter months which causes havoc on such systems causing them to rust and seize. It isn't uncommon for owners of trucks 5+ years old to go underneath the truck needing their spare, only to find a rusted out, snapped cable and their spare gone (lost on the roadway somewhere).:eek:
     
  11. Dec 12, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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    I've flipped it but at least a couple times a year make sure to the mechanism works, at least here in the Northeast.

    The salt makes that setup rust up and you don't want to find out it doesn't work on the roadside. My 95 we had to cut the spare off even with the best of intentions.

    Just as Fortech said :eek:
     
  12. Dec 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM
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    I flipped mine.
     
  13. Dec 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM
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    The main thing I don't like about this set up is the wear marks that are on my tires. If I ever have to put the spare on as a regular tire, then it will look horrible. And I wonder what the wear does to the integrity of the tire.
     
  14. Dec 13, 2009 at 5:39 AM
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    Good point about corrosion. Maybe I will look for lube opportunities while I have it down.
     
  15. Dec 13, 2009 at 5:51 AM
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    I had an explorer with the same setup and the rigging was so corroded it took half hour to drop the spare. I recommend anti-seize and wd-40 on the cable every time your up there to prevent a big pain in the di*k!
     
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