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Old 06-27-2004
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I'm debating fabbing a tire mount to move my spare towards the back of the bed, at an angle, and tie it (by pins or bolts) into my bumper.

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i would maybe do something to where it mounts standing up to the bedside it would give you some more bed room and not be so hard to get anything in there
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I don't mean to be rude, but anytime you slap a big *** tire right in the middle of your bed its a waste of a perfectly good truck..
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i dont need to haul anything in my bed so i filled it up. my bmx bike still fits and so does my kayak.



i guess it all depends what you are using it for.

edit: by the way thats a full size spare 33x12.5x15 and then obviously the bed box.

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i have a 31" spare under my truck and in my opinion you could get a 32" and maybe a 33" tire under there. i don't know about the 33" though. also i didn't have to modify anything, it went right in
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the problem is it kills the departure angle coming off of stuff. specially if you stuffed a 33 there. my 12.5 on a 10" rim would not fit very well and would hang real low.

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The other reason I thought not to mount the spare underneath is that what if you need it when you ARE off-road and the spare is nicely obstucted by the object that just bust your tire? And I won't go back to a 'donut' size (stock) spare cause it's oh so nice to only change one tire in a case of a rear flat tire and not kill the diff (already had to do that). I have 32's and hopefully will be getting 33's in 5K miles.

I see where you are coming from as for being a waste of a truck. I'ld say the guys that hack up the bed to put in a bedcage or vertical rear shocks mounts would be more a waste of a truck, but then again if I wanted my truck to haul *** through the dessert, it's a small sacrifice to make. It's all what you use it for. Mine is mostly a daily driver, hauls cones and such for autocrosses once a month, car-fetcher, play offroad, etc.

Wik my spare where it is, it hasn't hampered me too much hauling stuff. IF I know I'm going to need all the space in the bed, it's just a padlock to remove, undo the spinner and the full bed is free (although I'm wikoot a spare for that time unless I stnad it up in a corner, done that). If I do make something more like RedRangers but a little less of a profile, then, yes, it will be a bit more work to remove it to use the entire bed, but it will still be removable (2 bolts, 2 pins)

Thanks for the opinions guys. Keep 'em coming.
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