smaller spare tire?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Zen Dude, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. Zen Dude

    Zen Dude

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    This weekend im getting 285/75/16's on the 80.
    But the spare tire is the stock size, Is this going to be a problem
    if I have to use it? Even for short distance?

    Thanks Mojo
     
  2. T Y L E R

    T Y L E R

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    Yes .. better to even get a used spare of the same size. But a lot of technical guys here will buy 5 new, and rotate the spare into the mix when the time arrives (the tires need rotation).

    CAUTION ..



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    Doing the 5th wheel rotation should theoretically give you 20% more mileage out of the set. Personally, I'd spend the buck and get at least a used spare in a case I had to use it like 300 miles from home.

    But honestly, I don't think going for a short trip with the 31" spare is going to be too much of a problem. I haven't heard of any differential failures due to using a smaller spare.
     
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    depends on what year the truck is as to how it will respond to a different size tire as a spare.
     
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    Wait till I tell my wife someone refferred to me as technical ;p

    if you rotate yer tires you will also get the chance to excercise your spare tire carrier - of course that is unless you have a variation from the slung underneith in the gook spare location....
     
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    Next question, will a 285/75/16 fit in the spare spot?
     
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    Yes, even 295/75-16 will fit in there. Any larger and one might have a hard time using the tow hitch.
     
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