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Old 03-20-2015, 02:28 PM
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Full size spare is not "right" size spare

Driving my '14 Overland yesterday and apparently ran over some wire in road and got a flat in a 20" tire....imagine my surprise to find my "full" size spare is an 18" Komo....geez...why couldn't they spring for a 20" tire so you could include it in the rotation??? Call me annoyed

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Old 03-20-2015, 02:37 PM
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

The oem tire and wheel is too wide for the well. There is a post somewhere showing how a member put a raised floor in to accommodate the oem set.




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Old 03-20-2015, 04:32 PM
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

These days spares are either temporary or full sized cheapest lightest weight available. I think my 1973 Duster was my last vehicle with which you rotated tires including the spare and once I put radials on it, I couldn't do that anymore!
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

The "full size" refers to the outside diameter of the tire, not the wheel size as well as the load handling. The OEM spare meets both of those parameters but is narrower so it will fit in the available space. As AAAA mentioned, 5-way rotation isn't very common at this point nor is it necessary/indicated.
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

My '07 Liberty had a full size spare on a matching alloy wheel, bolted to the tailgate.

I don't think I have used a spare in over 10 years, so what they are using is fine with me.


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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

The spare in my 04' Grand Cherokee was a full size tire and the same type /size/brand as on the 4 wheels on the car so it was not so long ago that Chrysler provided a spare that could be used in the rotation - the spare on my 99' Grand Cherokee was even mounted on the same type of aluminum rim as the other tires. But times change - at least the spare on my 011' GC is mounted inside and not exposed to the weather like the Toyota Highlander
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

If you don't like it, when they send you a survey comment on it, should be design parameter to fit a full size matching tire and wheel, if everyone bitched about it on their surveys, you bet they would do it.

So the well isn't large enough for a full wheel and spare, my wj has the extra wheel and tire.
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

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If you don't like it, when they send you a survey comment on it, should be design parameter to fit a full size matching tire and wheel, if everyone bitched about it on their surveys, you bet they would do it.

So the well isn't large enough for a full wheel and spare, my wj has the extra wheel and tire.
There are two reasons 'everybody' won't bitch about it, although some will.

1 > Many of us are satisfied with the spare.
2 > Many more people don't even know what kind of spare they have. (or maybe even where to find it)



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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

And then there are those of us that don't mind a little gap at the back of the rear deck to fit a actual full size spare and prefer to purchase a matched 5th wheel and tire in a size other than stock so we can do a 5 wheel rotation and when we do have a flat on the trail we need a spare that is truly swappable with any of the other four.

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And then there are those of us that don't mind a little gap at the back of the rear deck to fit a actual full size spare and prefer to purchase a matched 5th wheel and tire in a size other than stock so we can do a 5 wheel rotation and when we do have a flat on the trail we need a spare that is truly swappable with any of the other four.

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Yep, don't mind the gap at all to have a spare duratrac and matching wheel with me at all times. Don't want to be in the middle of the everglades and not have a proper spare.
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Re: Full size spare is not "right" size spare

Interestingly, there are vehicles being sold now that don't even come with a spare standard. If you want one, you need to buy it as an option. An acquaintance recently discovered she didn't have a spare when AAA arrived to change her tire...her dealer never even pointed it out.
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Interestingly, there are vehicles being sold now that don't even come with a spare standard. If you want one, you need to buy it as an option. An acquaintance recently discovered she didn't have a spare when AAA arrived to change her tire...her dealer never even pointed it out.
And, it's not just a few!

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