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Do you have a spare tire?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by txbartman, Sep 6, 2001.

  1. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    My Jimmy always had a swing-away spare tire carrier that was on it when I bought it 8 years ago. It mounts to the corner sheet metal and fastens to a large bracket on the tailgate. This has been okay over the years with 30, 31, and 32 inch tires. But, the 35s I have now are too heavy for it. I have removed it as it is beginning to tear the sheet metal.

    My question, how many of you guys have a spare and actually take it with you on the trail? I have a roof rack I can use, but I don't want to give up the interior space for a 35" spare!

    I know if I don't take one I am asking for it, but how many of you actually take one with you? I have wheeled for many years and never (yet) had to use my spare.

    Feedback?

    Brian
    Click to see <a target="_blank" href=http://tx85gmcguy.alloffroad.com> My 85 Jimmy </a>
    Who put a stop payment on my reality check?!?
     
  2. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    I allways have one!!
    I have poped two tires sence 93. Both times I had a fullsize spare and was VERY glad I did!!
    The first time you go off with out one ole Mr. Murphy will sure to pay you a visit!!

    72K5[​IMG]Led Zeppelin[​IMG]Rock ON![​IMG]
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  3. Mreetz

    Mreetz 1/2 ton status

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    I take my 35 along, check my pix under reader rides. I came up with my own carrier.

    1984 K-5
    4" lift
    35x12.5 MTs
    buildin a 400 for it, any info greatly appreciated
     
  4. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Never wheel without a spare. On the streets close to home you should be ok though without it as long as you have somebody to get it to you or you to it when it is needed.

    See <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Waynes-Toy>Project Mighty Mouse</a> here.
    <font color=blue>Wayne<font color=blue>
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  5. pcorssmit

    pcorssmit 1/2 ton status

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    The best place I've found for the spare is in the back of your buddies truck.

    I bring one sometimes (35"), depending on how far from home I am, etc. However I also have bead locks, on-board air, and I try to carry a plug kit. If I'm towing it, the Dodge has an 8 lug spare I can steal if I get desperate.

    I did get screwed once on a camping trip, wasn't planning on any wheeling (didn't even have the front drive shaft in), cut a BFG sidewall on a nice smooth root, my buddy had to drive back to town the next morning and get my spare at home.

    Pete

    '83 K5, 350 TBI (ex 6.2), 700R4, NP208, Dana 60/14 bolt, 4.56s, Detroits, 3" lift, 15-39.5x15 TSLs
    '97 Dodge 2500 4x4 CC LB Sport, Cummins 5 spd
     
  6. txbartman

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    How about this... for small punctures, will fix-a-flat work with 35" tires?

    Brian
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  7. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=purple> Yup, right above my belt ....LOL ! I do have a spare 35 " er too !

    L8r,
    . Riz . <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/rizmonkey>www.geocities.com/rizmonkey</a>

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  8. take a spare with you! of you're of the open-differential sort, a smaller spare can be carried.... just don't dog on it...

    greg ( i usually carry two spares, you never know) (of course they're in the bed of the pickup....)
     
  9. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I shredded my 33 spare, so I'm back to the 235/75 spare temporarily[​IMG]

    1 tequila 2 tequila 3 tequila Floor
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  10. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    I carry a 35" spare... I have it mounted on a custom rear tire carrier mounted to a custom bumper. This past weekend I was doing a waterfall hillclimb and used it as a kickstand and stood the blazer straight up and down!!!!! I will never take it off now! [​IMG]

    Mike

    <font color=green>"My K5 is purdyr than your sister!"</font color=green>

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  11. BIGJ

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    I always carry a spare 38. There have been too many times when I have gotten flats and I didn't have a spare. Not to mention it usually happens on a Sunday, when most small gas stations are closed, in the middle of nowhere, with no phone, or onboard air, etc...

    BIGJ
     
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    Always... Alway's take one..
    Quote: It's better to have it and not need it.. Then to need it and not have it.

    I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. www.rocko.rockcrawler.com
     
  13. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    I usually cary one 35 on the inside carier, it does take up a lot of space but should be considered mandatory. If I don't have a backseat passenger I carry two. I cargo strap the second one to the place the back seat latches to the floor.

    Jim '80 GMC & '73 Blazer
    Tread Lightly!
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  14. Rebel88

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    It can work but i dont recommend it...the amount of gunk and crap that gets inside it is horrible...plus if any leaks out or if you shed the tire from the rim it is extremely flammable...you gotta be very careful or itll blow with a single spark...i carry a spare 35 mud terrain...not the exact same as my swampers but i can limp my truck home if i have too...

    Later

    Have you driven OVER a Ford lately?
     
  15. White Knight

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    TSC (Tractor Supply Company) carries a product the farmers/ranchers put in the tractor tires, non-flammable and water soluable, comes in a gallon container and works real good for small punctures, and you can clean it out if you need too! I wouldn't use it in a freeway runner, I would venture to say it would screw the balance.

    Veni Sancte Spiritus
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  16. TXsizeK5

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    I carry my 35" spare in the back but i dont have a jack to lfit it up that high to change the tire lol. Im eventually gunna take my spare out, just its so heavy and plsu all the traisl i ride are no more than 10mi from home.

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
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    What I need: 4.57 gears, limited slip front, auto locker in the rear, Force2 Catback, rear springs, SSR's
     
  17. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I don't, but I should.

    I'm still 6 lug up front so I should really have TWO spares!

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  18. 77Blazer

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    I always carry a 38" x 12" spare

    350, sm465, NP205, 14 Bolt w/Detroit locker(465 ratio), yucky ten bolt,38.5 swampers
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    I think I can hear Murphy laughing already. Don't go wheelin without one, you're just beggin the problem. I carry around a 35x12.5x15 spare on the stock rack in the back and it really dosn't limit the amount of gear I can bring.

    Why do people keep calling it a Bronco!!!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I had a tire carrier like you're describing and with a 31 it was tearing stuff up so I took it off. I don't have a spare right now and am pretty nervous about it. [​IMG]

    Let me tell you a story sometime of when I went wheeling without a jack in Big Bend.....
    After that, I always make sure I have everything!

    It's been lovely, but I have to scream now.

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