Spare tire mount
I posted a thread not too long ago about how to lower the spare tire contraption under my 2000 Ranger in order to mount my full-size spare. I bought my truck used, and I came to find today when I went to try to put the spare under, using the information I got both from the owner's manual I downloaded and those who replied to my previous thread, I did not have the proper tools to lower the wire.
I went over to a junkyard and found a Ranger within the same range of production, and luckily enough I found another piece of the jack set that comes with my Ranger which I did not receive when I bought mine. I tried it once again, to no avail. I am still, apparently, missing a piece.
So, I'm asking the Ranger experts a new question: what do you suggest I do from here? Should I try to buy a new OEM jack set that will come with the tools I need, or can I lower and raise the wire some other way? Or, alternately, is there another convenient way to store a spare? Leaving it in the bed is probably not going to cut it; my spare tire is bald and sits on a crummy rim, but I don't put it past the people in my neighborhood to steal it anyway.
I'm looking forward to any replies, and thanks for your time.