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Best Way To Change A Tire?

I've had to change a tire in the past and it was neither an easy nor efficient undertaking. I experienced a front driver's side blow out on my '07 Super Duty in New Mexico during the winter on my way from Texas to Colorado for a ski trip. My truck was stranded on the shoulder of a downgrade, but the main issue I had was steadily lifting the spare up and mounting it onto the bolts. Now that I have a 37" spare tire, I can only imagine this task to be more difficult than before.

What kind of advice is there to ensure a safe and reliable method for changing a tire in an event like this? Thanks for any tips provided...
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sit on your butt and lift the tire with your legs not your back. Or carry a 4 foot pry bar and slide it under the tire then lift with the bar.
Did you lose tire on Raton pass?

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sit on your butt and lift the tire with your legs not your back. Or carry a 4 foot pry bar and slide it under the tire then lift with the bar.
Did you lose tire on Raton pass?
This is spot on. Adjust the jack so your only having to lift it an inch or so. Not a bad idea to pick up a better jack. I have 12 ton bottle jacks I keep with me. Can chance the tire on my GN with a 20k lb Dozer on it easy.

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did you put a 37 on the stock 18 steel or did you get a spare wheel with your new ones??
if you did put an aluminium under there hows it holding up?
if you have the steel,how wide is the wheel?
I have to put a 35 under there to match my new ones. cause I don't want to have to only use that one on the front . knowing my luck it will always be a flat on the rear.
I changed one on my 2010 and it was not that bad.like said earlier use your legs, and make sure you have one lug at the 12 o'clock position, aim for that one then roll onto the others. a bar or even a 2x4 works well too


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I carry two bottle jacks and crowbar for the lugs. When it comes to lifting the wheel, I squat and put my forearms at the 5 and 7 o'clock position lifting a little with my legs until I can get my foot under the 6 o'clock position to help center it.

My personal practice with flats it keep rolling slowly until you're off the highway/interstate safely or behind a guardrail, the price of a wheel is not at all worth risk of getting yourself or others killed.

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sit on your butt and lift the tire with your legs not your back. Or carry a 4 foot pry bar and slide it under the tire then lift with the bar.
Did you lose tire on Raton pass?
No, it was just a random downward slope on the highway coming out of Texas. I was probably way too cold at the time to think about sitting on the ground, but that would have been a smart technique. I thought there might have been a heavy duty change kit available somewhere, instead of just using the kit that comes with the truck.
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This is spot on. Adjust the jack so your only having to lift it an inch or so. Not a bad idea to pick up a better jack. I have 12 ton bottle jacks I keep with me. Can chance the tire on my GN with a 20k lb Dozer on it easy.

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Yeah I ought to get a heavy duty jack and maybe a small dolly to slide the tire right over the bolts..
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A 4' bar is the best, what happens when you sit on your but and then the truck falls,

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