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Old 08-27-2008, 10:31 AM
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Spare Tire

Who really has a spare tire with all of our lifted or "to be lifted" trucks driving around?

I have been wanting to mildly lift my truck but have been struggling to maintain the 33" tire limit to stay within my spare limitation (my spare is a lt305/70R16)

My truck with that mild 3" lift would probably look best with 35x13.5x18 or 20
but then I wonder if I could shoot myself in the foot for not having a spare.

Do we really need them - I mean with our tires rated heavy duty, heavy ply's, heavy capacity, and oversized (most of us) carrying a spare that meets our size is kind of not possible.

I dont know about you - but I need the space in my bed - no room for a 33' or 35" or whatever spare smacking around in there. If it wont fit under the bed - where to then - or simply why carry it? Havent needed it yet - then again - when you do need it - how grateful you are that you have it. Kind of like before i put a generator in my house - I'd loose power every time the wind blew more then 20mph. But since I put in a generator - the power has never gone out - including during storms and hurricanes. Now if I get rid of the generator - sure as that stuff - the powers going to go out!
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:44 AM
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They use mini spares in cars. I always tell my customers they look rediculous until you're sitting along the road with a flat, then they look great. I left the stock 265/75 under my truck. If I'm very far from home and have a flat on the rear I will put the smaller tire on the front and move one of the front ones back to the flat. But I don't remember the last time I had a leak that I didn't catch before I had a flat (wished I hadn't put that in writing!!). But those big heavy tires go flat every day. I fix them for people every day. So I think it's best to be prepared but I am not going to give up bed space for a big spare either. The stock one will do.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:46 AM
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Can you do that with our solid front axels? Put a 31 inch tire when there are 33's or larger all around? Or in my case - i ahve a 33" spare already - so if I go larger - I could effectivly put a 33 on the front one side with a 35 elsewhere and not harm my truck???
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:51 AM
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It's not full time is it? Do you have manual hubs? If the hubs aren't locked in there's no problem at all.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:04 AM
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It would only be to get to a repair spot wherever - maybe 40 miles at most in any direction. I do have auto lock hubs - switchable at the hub and in dash. Kept in 2wd and Auto keeps it unlocked.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:06 AM
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I have the stock spare on the truck and am running "35 tires. I've had one flat so far and used the stock spare to get me over to the tire place, no big deal. It leaned a little bit but I doubt you're gonna do any harm driving just a short distance.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:10 AM
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Well that's all good to know - I hadnt thought about it till this morning. That got me wondering.

All my thoughts about "what next" to my truck - it's all been keeping a max tire height of 33" to match my spare. But now!!!!
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