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Space saver tire replacement

It's virtually impossible to find a space-saver tire that will mount in the back of my '1997 ZJ 4.0L 6-Cylinder 4x4 with the Off-road package and steel skid plates. I'm thinking of adding a roof rack and a full size Goodrich tire to match what I currently have on the rest of the car. These are the wider off-road tires that are barely two years old. The last time I replaced the Space saver tire was in 2005 and I had to find a used one while I was in Chicago that was still in good shape for emergency only. Now it's going to be near impossible to find unless one of you has a source who still makes a space saving time for a 1997 or 1998 ZJ that will hold pressure without blowing. So I have 2 Questions;

1) Does anyone make a new space-saver tire that I can replace the old one with?

2) if I match the full-size Goodrich tires that I currently have on my ZJ where can I get a roof rack and how is the spare mounted so that it can't be removed or stolen?

I don't want to mount one on the rear door because Zi have the lift glass storage access in the rear lift up door. I will probably only use the full size spare for road trips a few time a year between the Palms Springs California area to Phoenix Arizona which is a straight 5 hour road trip. There are very few towns between here and there and having a full size spare ready to mount in case of a flat is comforting. We make the trip to get my wife to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix as she has a former or Muscular Dystrophy that few doctors know how to treat here. Putting in on a roof rack also gives me more space in back for luggage.

Suggestions?

Thank uou all in advance. This picture may be able to be enlarged to show what I currently have on my Jeep since I dont recall off the top of my head the size.


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Re: Space saver tire replacement

On my '95 the spare mounted on a threaded rod on the driver's side rear hatch compartment. Is that not the same with yours?
I was able to get a 31" & 32" (I think) BFG KO mounted to the same location back there without a problem.
I'm kind of an opponent of mounting spares on the roof.
1. they can be a pain to remove when needed, and put up there (try it)
2. they can become a projectile in an accident
3. aerodynamics suck

When I went to 33"s I ended laying it flat in the cargo area and building a flat top platform over it. That way I still had storage space back there. Photobucket's having issues or I'd post a pic
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Pic of my setup with a 33 in there
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