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Where is your spare located?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Apr 13, 2001.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Just got back from Moab and after the rock pile and the bump dump did a number on my rear bumper mounted tire carrier yet again, I have decided to move the spare into the cab for better departure and weight distribution. I plan on a full cage and am thinking about moving the spare behind the drivers seat in a verticle position, I would have to loose the rear Blazer seat and install either a back seat from a Jeep or a bucket seat, I still want the rear seating. How wide is a rear seat from a Jeep? I like the idea of moving the spare to the center of the Blazer and still be able to run a rear seat of some kind.
    Anyone have pics of a spare mounted like this, maybe in a Jeep, Scout, Bronco...


    Steve
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  2. timebomb1602

    timebomb1602 1/2 ton status

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    Mine is still in the stock location but it is only a 31x10.50...soon to change

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  3. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    Mine is on the front axle...got a flat

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  4. HispanicPanic

    HispanicPanic 1/2 ton status

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    i have mine in stock location behind the back seat on the passengers side however im gonna locate it at a different angle still behind the back seat but like the baja racers have it with the rim facing the back window at a 45* and centered behind the seat (im running 35x14.50x15 SSR'S and it will fit just fine)

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    bigerik 1/2 ton status

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    Mine is like the Baja racer's like HispanicPanic said. It is a 39.5X18 Bogger and barely fits. I can still run the hard top and operate the window, though. Pictures are on my website. The spare tire mount is welded on the the back of the roll cage/custom racing seat mounts (it's all tied together).

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    keith 1/2 ton status

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  7. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    How about this?

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  8. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I'm in the process of designing a pre-runner type that will still leave the rear seat, and most of the cargo space intact. I even plan to fab it out of aluminum to cut down on weight. I'll post pics when it's done and/or once I get the plans scanned.

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  9. Espen88k5

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    Since your buliding a cage for it, why dont you build a swing away that swings the tire upp under the roof. It will leave more room for beer[​IMG]

    [​IMG] If your not living on the edge, your taking upp to much space![​IMG]
     
  10. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I thought about just modifying it to sit higher like Keith's, but that would still leave about 150 pounds or so hanging off the back and I like the idea of the weight being more central, it is kind of like being off camber with a spare on the roof. Want every advantage when trying to climb very steep inclines in Moab, I will post a few pics to show what I am talking about.
    I may still do the pre-runner thing but was thinking about getting as much weight as far forward as possible, I also want room for a bolt to the floor trail box, that way everything is secure. Just looking for ideas.

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  11. bigblue

    bigblue 1/2 ton status

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    What are you going to do with your current rear tire carrier?

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    My spare never gets in the way where I keep it. I always have lots of room and weight distribution is never a problem.because you see I keep my spare in the garage, pretty smart huh!
     
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    mine is on the floor behind the back seat... of course its not hard since mine is still stock... Of course you may be able to move your back seat forward... I built a deck that covers the entire rear area and my tire and heavy tools go underneath... For the top of the deck I have tiedowns for the gear I carry there...
     
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    I was going to mount my spare to the back, but now I'm not positive.
    I'd like to know more about why you want more weight in front. I could see it would be useful for going up hill, but what about down hill? I've have been shooting for a 50/50 spread, and moveing all the dead weight further back (i.e.- batteries mounted under the bed behind the front seats, same for air tanks, spare tire mounted to the back. etc.) Is there someting I'm not seeing here?

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  15. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Well currently my spare is about halfway through the tailgate...thanks to a 77 Ford.[​IMG]
    As far as weight distribution goes I just weighed my Jimmy today with Norm (elkboy). Total weight 5300 lbs with me inside, all my trail gear, and a full tank of gas. Then I weighed the front only and it was 2600 lbs. So I have an almost 50/50 wieght bias...

    Seeing as I'm going to have to fix my bumper/carrier soon I'll be watching to see what you come up with...

    Rene

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    Mine just bounces around behind the back seat (no matter how I tie it down). It is a warn down 35 and with it flat it takes 2 people to shut the tail gate (and pops open about every 15min when off roading).

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
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    Here's mine that's a 33/12.5R15 on a 15x8 rim...
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  18. bigdaddy89

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    Right above my belt. The one for my blazer is in the stock position with tire aired down. It is a 35x12.50 on a 10in. wheel.

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  19. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    It gets a little tricky when you want a 38.5" spare. [​IMG]

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  20. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Hmmm, the 50/50 thing may be a little different when going up hill, I'm no phyics major so don't really know how to explain, you may have a 50/50 split with 200 pound spare on the roof but when you get off camber it can be come top heavy and scary. Just don't want to be back heavy.

    Steve
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