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running without a spare

How many of you guys run without a spare? I was talking to a guy that says he uses onboard air and a tire repair kit. Is this enough? I know it won't cover a blow-out or something like that, but how likely is that?

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At a little over 100 lbs for a spare, I've been without one for a while and am looking to get rid of my bumper to shed a little weight too.

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I usually leave mine at home. I will throw it in when wheeling and going on longer trips. Hell, recently I read an article that the spare tire in cars may go the way of the dinosaur. My spare with the Smittybilt XRC bumper and carrier weighed 230 pounds. I cut 148 lbs by ditching all that and building my own lightweight bumper.


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I only bring mine wheeling so unfortunately I don't carry a spare enough of the time....shit is heavy!!!!

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i've wondered the same thing as a lot of the 40"+ big boys don't have one when they wheel...although half might be trailer queens too.

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I never run with a spare ...it chafes.


But it's always on the back on my Jeep. Murphy factor.

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I never run with a spare ...it chafes.


But it's always on the back on my Jeep. Murphy factor.
^^^This for me. I have too much of a daily commute to be without one.

That, and my OR-Fab carrier would look like its lacking something if I didn't throw one back there.
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I've got the swing for it, it'd look odd without a tire!

If I didn't already have the bumper, I'd really consider just a BFH and no rear carrier/spare plans. Once you get to a real off road tire, a "blow-out" is far from common and a flat is usually fixed with a plug kit.

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My Jeep rides so much better without the 'dirty diaper' feel back there...






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I thought running without a spare was doable until I ran a tree through the side wall of a Trail Grappler. Still don't have a clue how I did it.

Luckily a buddy let me run his spare for a few days. I now have a spare and am awaiting my rear bumper/carrier. Never again.....
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Currently dont run one but usuall do. I've never had a flat with a big MT on the street so I don't worry about it. Takes a lot to puncture one.

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My Jeep rides so much better without the 'dirty diaper' feel back there...



I posted a how-to on the 'other' JK forum, if anyone wants to check it out (spare tire delete with LED lighting).
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2-post that shit up over here you slacker


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No spare for me. I have repair kit. Also have TSL/SX rubber which is super tough. Never have hurt these yet. Same trails shredded MTR/K's. IROKs are pretty tough too.

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Check this thread out...

https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49708

Of course, it is up to you and the way you use your jeep. If you have support as in yours being a trailer queen with friends with you or AAA is just a call away then by all means go bare.

Personally, I have a compressor and repair kit, spare, and if I'm really out there I have two extra tires on trailer identical to my jeep.

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I don't haul my spare around when I DD the jeep but I won't go wheeling without it. Then again I'm running 40" bias ply tires. If I blow one of these out on the road, there are gonna be bigger issues to worry about!
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2-post that shit up over here you slacker


Is this thing on?.....
There you go...

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Maybe it's because I'm 66 years old or maybe it's because I have been wheeling 4x4s since 1978, I always have a spare tire.

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Maybe it's because I'm 66 years old or maybe it's because I have been wheeling 4x4s since 1978, I always have a spare tire.
Always wheel with one, but around town I don't really need one. If I happen to get a flat, plug and fill. In the rare chance it's beyond repair, phone a friend. Why lug all that weight around? I get shitty gas mileage as it is, might as well do what I can to make the Jeep lighter.


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I do the same as Hooligan (literally. We have the same bumper even). I leave my spare in the garage and if I get a flat around town I'll have my recently retired wife run it to me.

Last big wheeling trip I went on I punctured two tires. Only one could be repaired with a plug kit. Had I left the spare at home I'd have had to arrange transpo.

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When I go on multi/day or remote trails, I throw my spare in the trunk and strap it down. For everything else, I throw my spare in the tow rig and wheel without it.
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I take a spare when I wheel, but don't carry it for DD duty.

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I bring a spare with me to the area I wheel in (either in jeep or on trailer), but I don't bring it on the trail. It's ok if it's a few miles away.

If I ran mtr/k's I would always bring a spare no matter what.

Point is: depends on risk of flat. With super tough tires risk is low.

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