Oversized Spare Tire Question

RuskiE39

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Not sure if this has been covered in this forum and I couldn't find a comparable thread to bump so I figured i'd ask here.

I'm mounting a tire carrier soon and currently I have the stock size OEM tire on my spare that is underneath the rig.

My question is;

Will I cause damage to the drivetrain running my spare even though I have AT tires? (incase of a tire blow out or trail damage)

I currently have 265/75's KO2's but want to upsize to either 275/70 or 285/75... With that being said, I would like to proactively upgrade my spare to the size I decide on... OR... is that a bad idea and should I stick with a 265/75? I have maybe 1 or 2 more seasons on the tires.

Thanks all.
 

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1.) I believe that you’ve got the mechanical issue of working the differentials harder than normal.

2.) From your signature, it would appear that you have a 2000 model year. This would indicate that we’re talking about a VSC/A-TRAC equipped vehicle. I’d be more concerned about the “electronic nannies” trying to “fix” a perceived issue, and putting me in a ditch, than the mechanical issues.

In my opinion, a mismatched spare allows you to limp to the nearest tire store, but it is less than an ideal situation. In addition the cost savings of a mismatched spare seems pretty trivial compared to the potential costs incurred dealing with it in the middle of a trip.

And why do people insist on listing only partial tire sizes (Metric width and aspect ratio in this case)?

Technically wouldn’t the subject “Undersized spare” be more accurate?
 
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RuskiE39

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1.) I believe that you’ve got the mechanical issue of working the differentials harder than normal.

2.) From your signature, it would appear that you have a 2000 model year. This would indicate that we’re talking about a VSC/A-TRAC equipped vehicle. I’d be more concerned about the “electronic nannies” trying to “fix” a perceived issue, and putting me in a ditch, than the mechanical issues.

In my opinion, a mismatched spare allows you to limp to the nearest tire store, but it is less than an ideal situation. In addition the cost savings of a matched spare seems pretty trivial compared to the potential costs incurred dealing with it in the middle of a trip.

And why do people insist on listing only partial tire sizes (Metric width and aspect ratio in this case)?

Technically wouldn’t the subject “Undersized spare” be more accurate?
Two part question to satisfy my curiosity on the subject of running mis-matched tires.

Not sure what you mean in regards to "partial tire size". You were able to determine my LC was a 2000 with A-Trac, so you can probably conclude from the avatar picture i'm running a factory size LC rim :)

In either regard, I think you are both correct and the cost of a $200 spare is not worth the risk damaging electrical / mechanical components.
 

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Not sure what you mean in regards to "partial tire size". You were able to determine my LC was a 2000 with A-Trac, so you can probably conclude from the avatar picture i'm running a factory size LC rim :)

A "265/75", "275/70", or "285/75", seems to be missing a critical element (rim diameter), which makes a bit of difference :)
I can guess that we're talking about 16" tires on a 2000 model year, but that may or may not be accurate.
 

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A "265/75", "275/70", or "285/75", seems to be missing a critical element (rim diameter), which makes a bit of difference :)
I can guess that we're talking about 16" tires on a 2000 model year, but that may or may not be accurate.
They're all 16x8 in that year range ;)
 
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So what are most of you guys doing for a spare that have upgraded tire size? I went to a 275/7018 vs the stock LX size that's 265/65/18 or something close to that. Tire shop says the bigger tire wont fit, or if they can cram it in its gonna hang really low.. would limping the truck to the tire shop really damage the diffs?
 

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