Truck spare tire?

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Old 11-30-06, 10:16 AM
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Unhappy Truck spare tire?

Hi everyone. I just had my leaf springs replaced in my 1998 Toyota T100 and in order to do that they had to take off the spare. Well, the device that holded it up there was rusted solid. They called and said that they have to cut it off so they could do the job. They ALSO said that if I wanted to replace this they would have to remove the bed? Lots of work for a spare tire, and probably a lot of $$. Is there anything I can do short of removing the bed from the PU???

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Old 11-30-06, 11:47 AM
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Probably not. If you have some tools, you could make your own tire rack. In order to replace that factory tire cable system, the bed has to come off which by the way is only held on by like 4-6 bolts.
 
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Old 11-30-06, 01:11 PM
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If you don't mind you can get a bed bracket and mount the tire in the truck bed.
 
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Old 11-30-06, 02:52 PM
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Or pitch it entirely and when you get a flat, call and have it towed in to fix/replace. The tire changing equipment in most vehicles nowadays is crap. Add to that getting killed on the side of the road putting the spare on AND the fact that since nobody ever checks the air in the spare, it'll be half flat when you get it out from under there anyway. Backup plan - Swede's idea, put it in the bed; at least there you might check the air in it once in a while.
 
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put it in the bed; at least there you might check the air in it once in a while.
I agree, the tire carrier was long gone before I ever got my old ford so I carry my spare in the bed - more apt to check the pressure in it when I check the 4 on the ground . it's hardly ever in the way and often comes in handy to hold something in place
 
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Old 11-30-06, 04:28 PM
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I agree, mount it in the bed.
It sure hurt when I lost the spare on our minivan and my wife wouldn't let me bolt the new one in the back or on the roof!
 
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Old 11-30-06, 05:13 PM
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on my old chevy c10 I had a bracket that mounted it to the front bumper in front of the grille .
 
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Old 11-30-06, 07:36 PM
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Front bumper? Nice!!! Probably weren't scared to rear end anyone with that on there! haha
 
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Thanks everyone! I have been keeping it in the bed, which is a PITA, but I guess ya gotta do whatcha gotta do! Thanks for all the input!!!
Paul
 
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Old 12-08-06, 01:42 PM
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I would then install a bracket to hold the spare in the bed so it don't move around or get stolen.

You can make this yourself pretty easily.
 
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