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Got stiffed from the factory

Since I had to lower my spare to install my exhaust today, I thought I'd check the air pressure in it. It's the first time it's been down since I bought the truck. To my surprise, it's not the same size as my tires. My truck rolls on 245/75/16. My spare is a 235/70/16. I know cars have had "donuts" for years, but I didn't expect the factory to put an odd-ball size in for a spare on a truck.
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At least you got a 16" wheel. My truck came with 16" Alloys from the factory and my spare was a 15"... bah..
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At least you got a 16" wheel. My truck came with 16" Alloys from the factory and my spare was a 15"... bah..
same as me
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that sux, my truck had a full spare with a 16

i have a stock 245 75 16 spare if you want it...25 + shippin
tire only
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acully alot of trucks came with tons of odd sizes
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i had 245s stock..on 16s..spair was 235 on 15
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my spare size is 225/70/15
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be happy u got a spare at all, my cousin picked up his new F150 and when he did his oil change he noticed he didnt have a spare LOL
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I had the teardrop 16's 245/75, the spare is a 235/75R15 (or is it 235/70?)

Anyway I had to use it once.. its odd driving with a crap puny rt/s with
3 toyo 265/75r16's

too bad the toyos were on backorder too ended up with 4 new tires.
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dunno

I don't know what the hell mine is . Afraid to look . Some kinda doughnut . Wasn't a big issue before though . I couldn't get the wheels off . The previous owner put gorilla locks on the wheels ; and either he didn't leave the tool for them or the detail people at the dealership took it out . I welded nuts to the locks and removed them and replaced them with stock L-nuts . The dognut spare is useless anyway . I need a real rim or two , maybe 16's to hold a big enough skinny tire .
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My spare wasn't right either on my old truck. Don't know what it is on the new truck. Probably should check that out.
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They come that way from the factory. This is part of the problem of haveing a 20 year old fram rails. There just isn't room for a bigger tire. I have a 235/70r16 as my spaer and there is barely any clearance for the exhaust to run by. Not to mention it literally touches my Hitch too. When I ran my dual exhaust I had to wrap it to keep the heat off the tire.

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...My truck rolls on 245/75/16. My spare is a 235/70/16. I know cars have had "donuts" for years, but I didn't expect the factory to put an odd-ball size in for a spare on a truck.
Exactly the same setup as is on my truck.

Maybe someone else can elaborate, but I thought it would wear out the clutches on a limited slip differential by running tires of different sizes. I would think that it could cause some serious damage to the Torsen differential in the L2.

In the owner's manual for my buddy's RX-8 it says to move a good tire from the front to the rear, and run the donut on the front, in the event of a flat in the rear. I haven't found anything along those lines in my owner's manual, but then again, I haven't looked for it either.

About a year ago I read where someone on this forum successfully got the dealer to put a 31" BFG on his spare rim, at no cost, since he had the FX4 with 31s. I had previously heard that it wouldn't fit between the frame rails, but I guess I should check it out for myself...
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They intentionally mismatch tires and wheels on these to make themselves more money. If you blow out a tire they want you to buy a new tire not take your spare and use it forever... Ford has an amazing way of doing that. GM did too when I worked there but the Dodge trucks at work all have the correct size spare so I don't know. The only cool thing was my spare is a 245-70-16 which is plenty close enough to what I have now to use.
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i had the oem 15 inch wheels with a 16 inch spare
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Well damn. I thought I just got screwed. I didn't know they were doing everybody.
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Well damn. I thought I just got screwed. I didn't know they were doing everybody.
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...About a year ago I read where someone on this forum successfully got the dealer to put a 31" BFG on his spare rim, at no cost, since he had the FX4 with 31s. I had previously heard that it wouldn't fit between the frame rails, but I guess I should check it out for myself...
Trust me it won't work on my truck. I will take a pic when I get home. It is veryclose to the exhaust and it is literally touching the Trailer hitch. I have emergency roadside assitance and road hazzard warranty with my tires. Unless I am in an Emergency that spare will never go on this truck. I will have it towed and a new tire put on or the old one repaired for free. The funny part to me is, My 01 Off-Road package had 16" rims and a 15" spare. My level II has 15" rims and a 16" spare. That is just awesome right there!

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you guys are lucky to have a spare i have no spare compartment i hav to keep it in the truck
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I got two brand new Goodyear wranglers one is on the truck right now with the steel rim.

My 245/75/R16 is STUFFED up under the bed, looks like it needs a coat of wd-40 to slide it out.
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They intentionally mismatch tires and wheels on these to make themselves more money. If you blow out a tire they want you to buy a new tire not take your spare and use it forever....
Didn't know Ford was in the business of selling tires..

..You don't suppose it could have anything to do w/ saving the customer money by not including another expensive alloy wheel or another expensive large brand name tire, do you?

Here's your tinfoil hat dude..
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Not to mention when I was working at valvoline, Ther was a store a few miles from me that was caught stealing the tires off the bottom side of the trucks that were coming in. They would keep them until they had a complete set and them sell them off for a profit. On a side note We have a burnout Contest at my churches Carshow every year and My buddy scott collects tires that have fallen off the bottom of our trucks and uses them for the contest. I thought he was nuts when he told me he picks up brand new tires of the side of the road all the time, but I have noticed them a lot more since he mentioned it. The cables that hold it up there get rusty and they finally snap and boom! he has a brand new tire. He is a truck driver so he is on the road alot more than most of us.

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