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If the Durango has the spare under there, is it possible to use some of the Dodge parts to do the same on the GC?
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Interesting thought, though I personally wouldn't want to do that.

My last vehicle was a full size pickup and I can tell you having the tire under the vehicle is a royal pain when you have to change a tire in bad weather - which is often exactly the time you get a flat.

Cranking the tire down isn't so bad. It's the practically having to crawl under the vehicle to grab hold of it and slide it out that's the worst. Then, to add insult to injury, by the time you end up using the tire, it's coated with all kinds of crap that never comes off even during washings. Plus, after several years of being pummeled by salt and road grit, they wheel ends up coated with surface rust and you definitely won't want to rely on that several year old rubber that was exposed to the elements for very long.

No, I'm happy having the tire inside the vehicle.

I was just hoping someone knew of some sort of utility lock box that could occupy that space under the cargo area for stuff I won't need unless I'm really in trouble...or someone else is. There are definitely enough spots on the frame to mount something without any extra drilling.

I think what I'll likely end up doing is just remove the foam holder for the jack tools and put a more useful back in there that can hold everything in the same amount of space.

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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

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you definitely won't want to rely on that several year old rubber that was exposed to the elements for very long.
Like this guy I came up behind recently...

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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

Just checking to see if anyone looked into the idea of using Durango hardware to mount the tire under the rear. I myself would rather use the space inside for other junk (even though I had a blowout recently and had to use the spare). I have a tyveck overall I can put in the spare tire area if I need it. When I was putting on a factory trailer hitch this Spring I thought that was an awful lot of wasted space on a vehicle for one that does not have an abundance of it.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

I'm not a fan of having stuff mounted underneath the vehicle, too hard to get to when needed. No fun trying to dig out rocks, mud, snow to get to your spare or equipment. Been there done that!

What JEEP should have done was make the spare tire well larger and put a "F-ing" full size spare in there. One that matches what's on the ground!
The Trailhawks came with the the Goodyear Silent Armor 265/60/18's. What did JEEP do! They put a a fricken undersized 245/65r18 Kuhmo Solus street tire in.

Still playing with the idea of modding the tub so that it can fit the larger 275/65/18 tire.

Spare tire fitment thread over here: Oversized spare tire for GCs with bigger tires
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

My 06 Trailblazer had the underslung spare held with a small winch. When I needed it, the winch was rusted fast and no way could I get that tire down. Had to take the flat to a service station and get it fixed and return to the vehicle.
Also, heard of the winch or holding mechanism breaking and the tire disappearing off pickup trucks.
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I'm not a fan of having stuff mounted underneath the vehicle, too hard to get to when needed. No fun trying to dig out rocks, mud, snow to get to your spare or equipment. Been there done that!

What JEEP should have done was make the spare tire well larger and put a "F-ing" full size spare in there. One that matches what's on the ground!
The Trailhawks came with the the Goodyear Silent Armor 265/60/18's. What did JEEP do! They put a a fricken undersized 245/65r18 Kuhmo Solus street tire in.

Still playing with the idea of modding the tub so that it can fit the larger 275/65/18 tire.

Spare tire fitment thread over here: Oversized spare tire for GCs with bigger tires
To be honest, we're probably lucky we get a spare tire at all.

There's research to suggest most people never actually use them due to having some sort of roadside assistance or simply the inability to change a tire.

Even among those that use them, most don't seem bothered by the lack of a full size spare. In fact, they're probably better off with a donut that is more likely to hold its air pressure better since few people bother to check and maintain their spare.

For those that use their vehicles for offroading or towing, where a tire compatible with those already on the vehicle is desired, those people often mount the tire somewhere more convenient than the well.

As far as other stuff under the vehicle, I'm talking things a proper bottle jack, a 4 way lug wrench, flares and other tools that would only be necessary if you're jacking up the vehicle or something similar - but they take up far too much space in the trunk.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

Probably retrofitting the cranking mechanism from the Durango for the spare wheel would be too much of a challenge. But I think that mounting the DEF tank underneath would be something doable. Someone would then have to convert that DEF tank into a lockable water-proof enclosure, which I think would not be terribly hard.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

I noticed all that space underneath and I am intrigued about the ideas as well.....but I have all the junk I need packed under the carpeted floor. There's more space there than first appears....in fact, I got everything that was under the rear seat of my Ram Quad Cab I traded in, packed around and in the center of the spare tire.

I carry a few old towels so I used them to wrap the jack parts and got rid of the styrofoam thing. I also have jumper cables, first aid kit, racheting tie downs, some basic hand tools, utility knives, contractor trash bags, rubber gloves, a couple of crow bars, rope, tow chain, rain ponchos, etc. I mounted a battery powered LED light to the underside of the carpeted cover.
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

Will a full size spare fit underneath the WK2? Is the underside well the same size as the Durango? If it is, I see no reason why anyone couldn't mount the Durango hardware to accomodate a full size spare underneath. I mean, aside from wheelbase size, these vehicles are essentially the same unibody frame, yes?
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Re: Frame mounted under-vehicle storage?

I measured ages ago and found that the void isn't long enough. Would have been cool to carry a second spare...
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Will a full size spare fit underneath the WK2? Is the underside well the same size as the Durango? If it is, I see no reason why anyone couldn't mount the Durango hardware to accomodate a full size spare underneath. I mean, aside from wheelbase size, these vehicles are essentially the same unibody frame, yes?
That is my thoughts as well although I have no problem with the undersize spare. The only issue I had when I mounted the spare recently was that I had to turn off the skid control to keep it from "correcting my skid" on the 7 miles to the tire store. I have been thinking about going to a junk yard and seeing if I can find some late model Durango parts. Maybe Ram truck parts might work as well.
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There is a seat bottom sized storage area under the floor under each front seat. Your battery is in the passenger side. The driver's side may be empty, providing a hidden, dry storage area or it may have electronics in it depending on the options your Jeep has.

Move the seat all the way forward and prise the top up from the rear.

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