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Old 02-04-2007
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Spare tire

Hello everyone.

I have two questions about the spare tire holding apparatus on my 2000 Ford Ranger.

(1) Is it designed to hold a full-size spare or only a donut? I have a full-size spare (225 on stock 15x7 rim) that I would like to mount under there.

(2) If so, what is the best/recommended way to go about removing the spring (?) contraption underneath the wingnut in order to mount the spare up under there?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2007
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mine holds a full sized spare and mine also is a cable attached to the wingnut that is lowered down by assembling all the pieces of the jack rods together and cranking it down from just above the rear liscense plate... (also mine is a 99')
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Old 02-04-2007
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depends what your version of a "full size spare" is. my '01 came with 245's, but the spare is only a 235.
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I said in my original post that my full-size spare is a 225 on a stock 15x7 rim.

Last edited by tyoma71; 02-04-2007 at 07:21 PM.
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Old 02-04-2007
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A 225/70R15 tire will fit with plenty of room.

The truck's OEM tire changing tools are needed to lower the holder down. One of the rods has a hook on the end. You insert the hook end of the rod into the hole between the bottom of the tailgate and the bumper. It will lock into place and you just rotate it and the holder will lower. Once it is low enough, and there is plenty of slack in the cable, you just put the cable and holder through the hub of the wheel and winch the spare up until it is secure. Some trucks have a lock over the hole where you winch the holder down, so you will need to find the key to remove it if the truck has the lock.
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Old 02-05-2007
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These tools are with the stock jack that comes with the truck, right?

Thanks so much for your help, Alan. It's greatly appreciated.
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