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Spare Tire Relocation

Postby 05Canuck [OP] » Nov 09 2019, 2:46pm

Looking to relocate my spare (this is waaaaay overdue) from under the truck to somewhere in the bed. I also need to re-size (this is also waaaaaay overdue) the tire to the same as I have on the truck. I hate to even think of what I would go thru road side swapping fronts and backs so I don't tear the rear end out of the truck.
Anyway!! Anybody done this to there truck? Suggested parts/brands/shortcuts and tips would be appreciated. Not a big deal if I keep the tonneau cover on the truck.
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Re: Spare Tire Relocation

Postby CardBoard » Nov 09 2019, 2:53pm

Everybody I know that goes aftermarket rims and tires , just puts it in the bed of the truck with a strap ,I have 5 rims and tires 24 inch matching ,and there's no way I'm putting that nice rum under.
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Re: Spare Tire Relocation

Postby Rambodog » Nov 09 2019, 3:33pm

The only reason I don't like removing the spare from under the truck is because the spare blocks a lot of crap from reaching the electronics hub above the spare and the back side of the tow wiring behind the bumper. I kept the stock wheel and just put a correct size tire on it (285/70/17) in my case. If this were to not fit due to a much larger size being used, I would still leave OE under the truck and get a new or used wheel and a tire to match my current setup and put it in the bed.
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Re: Spare Tire Relocation

Postby 19trax95 » Nov 09 2019, 4:07pm

I'm honestly not sure if the spare being there helps or hurts the fpcm or the rest of the harnesses.

There's a ton of crud that builds up there with the spare and the only way to get it clean is to remove the spare tire. I lower mine down every now and then and clean the area. Especially in the winter.
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Re: Spare Tire Relocation

Postby Rambodog » Nov 09 2019, 4:23pm

I only figured this out when I removed my spare to clean up surface rust above it where the factory coating basically fell off. It was relatively clean up there when I dabbed some POR15 on the spots. I left the spare in the bed of truck for over a week till I got a chance to check things before I put the spare back. There was definitely more junk up there and all over the harnesses that wasn't there when I first pulled down the spare, so I assume the spare was blocking much of what could be getting up there. It doesn't keep all the crud out obviously, but it seems to help having the spare there.
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Re: Spare Tire Relocation

Postby OilFracker » Nov 09 2019, 5:02pm

I did the cheapest method with a ratchet strap, HD log chain and a padlock. Why-because i did not find any premanufacturered equipment.

The log chain is dual purpose. It makes thieves work extra hard to steal my spare and....it can be used to pull or secure a load too.

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Re: Spare Tire Relocation

Postby donkeyfarmer » Nov 10 2019, 12:34am

Back in the 1960s it was common to see pickup trucks with front-mounted spare tires, but that was when trucks had substantial steel front bumpers that large u-bolts could go around or other bolts could go through to hold a vertical structure for the spare's wheel to mount on. I don't know what a spare mounting assembly could bolt onto in the front of a modern pick-up.

With 8-foot-bed pickups it's not hard to bolt or just bungee a spare tire-on-rim in front or behind the wheel well hump on either side of the bed. Unfortunately, I've discovered with my new-to-me 2006 Silverado with a 6.5-foot bed that space is too small. So I'm going to mount the spare I found on craigslist (truck didn't come with one), along the front wall of the box, on the driver's side, but I have to do some repair and reinforcement to the top lip of the box first.

It used to be fairly common to see SUVs with a rear-mount spare on an assembly that would fold to the side, to allow use of the tailgate and/or rear hatch. I don't know why that kind of spare mount isn't also made for pick-up trucks.
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