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Where to put large spare tire?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by L_Jackson, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Nov 7, 2007 at 10:32 PM
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    L_Jackson

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    I was wondering what we do now that we have big 33" tires on our truck and the much smaller spare under the bed??

    what does everyone do?? leave it there and hope we don't get a flat? get another rim (to match our after market ones) and put another 33" on it and keep it in the bed cuz it wont fit under where the other one was.... or does it?

    thanks guys
     
  2. Nov 8, 2007 at 7:14 PM
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    i was wondering the same thing and posted a few weeks ago and no one responded to me! i was told my spare would be fine,but i dont think so! im looking into a rear bumper with a swingout tire holder or maybe do some tweeking under the to make it fit. let me know what you find out
     
  3. Nov 8, 2007 at 7:53 PM
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    wat?
    my truck has the 31" spare and i plan on getting 32's, so i dont think i'll have too much of a prob w/ using the current spare if i need it. dunno about u big boys though
     
  4. Nov 8, 2007 at 8:53 PM
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    if you have an open diff it wont matter about the different size tires... if you have limited slip.or regular locker... it will trash them from the tires trying to rotate the axles at different speeds... I HATE it when you see some lifted up mall queen superduty on 38's with the stock (usually flat) spare... i have fabbed up in bed carriers before for 1st gens... I think wilco makes a tail gate that has a tire carrier for you 2nd gens
     
  5. Nov 9, 2007 at 7:57 AM
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    Just to be clear, if we have the off-road package with the locker.... when the locker is NOT engaged we have an open diff right?
     
  6. Nov 9, 2007 at 11:12 AM
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    yeah open diff until locked... so its ok... even a small difference like a 32 vs a 31 spare would be Ok.. because they have to allow some play in case you have one tire thats low..obviously it would be smaller diameter if it was low on air..but I dont suggest any more difference than one tire size anyhow just due to driving the veh with one small tire makes them handle VERY strange
     
  7. Nov 17, 2007 at 10:22 PM
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    What I have always done, and recommended is to get a tall skinny pizza cutter tire that is very close to the correct height; a 7.50-R16, 235/85-16, 255/85-16, on a 16x7" steelie, or some 245/75-17 or 255/75-17 or whatever is that oddball OEM tire on base F250's and 2500 Dodge pickups on 17x7.5 FJCruiser takeoff rims. Most of these tires can be found used, in decent condition and are load range E tires. Another thing is they don't hang low and drag during offroading, and although they may not have a good tread pattern, they will get you out of the woods or rocks without ripping out a sidewall better than the P metrics that are OE. Even if you buy a 5th wheel and tire, use the pizza cutter as the spare and keep the matching wheel at home as an extra spare when you are wheeling close to home. For road trips, toss the matching extra in the bed with the luggage and coolers.

    EDIT: The 7.50-R16 ( ~195/100-16 ) usually a Michelin, is almost too narrow for a 16x7 wheel, a 16x6 fits better. Some older Toyota 6" rims seem to have caliper clearance problems.
     
  8. Nov 17, 2007 at 10:26 PM
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    thanks,
    good ideas.... but will a tall skinny tire, a 33" tire on stock wheel still fit under the bed where the spare tire is originally kept?
     
  9. Nov 18, 2007 at 12:00 AM
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    A 32" (31.8) fits with room to spare, and some have made 33's fit as per some posts I have read. Some remove/trim the drivers side bracket that hangs down and helps center the tire/wheel assy, I don't know the correct name, but one centers the tire and keeps it off the tailpipe, and the other one, on the drivers side is the one to trim.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2007 at 12:51 PM
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    yeah on early first gens (95-97) they just had you tighten the carrier till the tire hit the crossmember...then they added these four little arms to center the tire... so you could trim/bend/remove and as long as you crank it up far enough it will stay put... my 96 i just got recently still had the orignal spare tire...flat and dry rotted...but original
     
  11. Nov 18, 2007 at 2:05 PM
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  12. Nov 18, 2007 at 6:08 PM
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    thanks for the info i have wondered this also
     
  13. Nov 18, 2007 at 7:55 PM
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    yeah I love seeing that... as I walk up the mountain passing them in my 4cyl tacoma pulling a car trailer with my car on it... lol ofcourse there are fourwheelers that weigh what my car did (bradley gt kit car minus motor= under 700lbs)
     
  14. Nov 18, 2007 at 7:56 PM
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    if there is any interest i can fab up some of the inbed carriers for 1st gens... the one I did i like the most goes up front behind drivers head basically sits tire vertical out of the way
     
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    I just put a 33" under my `01 but I had to cut those back tabs off with a zip cut. It still sits against the front ones and almost touches the hitch in the back. Sits well. Dont alter the front tabs or you may run a risk of hitting it with the top of your diff and E-brake assembly. Now I got full size spare and nothing eating up the room in the bed. Takes 20 minutes and done!
     
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    I was just about to post that...I asked this same question a few days ago since I got a great deal on 5 wheels and tires...so I'll have a full sized spare when I put the 285/75 r16s on. Haven't done the mod yet but it seems simple enough. Its nice to know that if I ever get a flat, my spare is exactly the same as the other four.

    by the way....the link takes you to page 6 of the thread...even if you look at the list of mods on the first post and click on the spare tire mod, it will take you to page 6....The actual mod is posted on page 3, post # 102...took me a little while to find it...hope this saves a little time.
     
  18. May 6, 2008 at 11:26 AM
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    Yeah that`s pretty much what I did. Not sure if the mounting area is the same on the 2nd gen taco but this seems to work alrite. Definately helps to keep confidence in your truck when you don`t have to limp it home on an ill sized spare! Thanks
     
  19. May 6, 2008 at 1:43 PM
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    In the bed. Pictured: Matt (Hillbilly_Young01) from TTORA's Tacoma.

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    Or a tire gate. Pictured: Hoss from TTORA

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  20. May 6, 2008 at 3:21 PM
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    Fabtech makes an angled and flat bolt-in spare tire mount to go in the bed. Those generally look pretty BA. There's one I saw a while ago that I haven't been able to find that sits up a little higher. Just looks better and gives you room to slide some stuff underneath it.
     
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