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Spare Tire Carrier .... [Expired Topic]

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by MN_Burbon, Jun 13, 2005.

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  1. MN_Burbon

    MN_Burbon New Member

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    84fiero123 reminded me of something in one of his posts, 4x8 sheets of plywood etc....


    Has any body done anything with relocating the spare tire? In my '95 its in the cargo bay on the driver side. I can get a full sheet of plywood in there but several times I have thought that it may be more convenient to move the spare somewhere else.

    Anybody else thought about this or better yet done anything about it? Maybe the spare is in different places in different years.....
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    My '78 has a full-sized spare in the cargo bay affixed to the passanger side. It's just about exactly even with the wheel well. I have no problem getting 4x8 sheets of plywood into the back. I have a tailgate so I can't put the spare anywhere else unless I get a full slide-out spare-tire carrier or a roof-mount tire carrier.

    I've seen both, but it's not that big of a deal for me. I even have a nifty little cover for the spare.
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    they do make a hitch spare tire carrier, but to be honest i've never needed to move the spare from passenger compartment. and i've owned burban's since 1990.
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    I guess I should clarify that its not so much a "need" I can get a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back. Just seems out of place inside the truck to me, Not to mention that the spare is not the same size as my tires anymore. I was considering getting one of those big offroad roof racks and just putting it up there like the serious 4x4 guys. Or trying to mount it underneath the back. (very low priority project for me)
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    I see a guy driving around town (must live by me) who's got a Jeep Cherokee (probably mid 90's) that's all decked out for rally racing. He's got his spare on top where the luggage rack would go. Looks pretty mean, but it's got to be hard to get to.
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    Those are all common around here in the mountains and/or desert.
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    After getting two flat tires and having only one spare in Death Valley, CA weekend before last while driving a friend's truck, it's made me want to carry another spare for my 2001 Suburban. I've got one of those cargo racks that attaches to the rear receiver so maybe I'll try to find a way to mount a spare to it. Up top would be too high and inside would take up too much cargo space.
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    Sounds like a good plan. I can't imagine that it would be much fun at all being in Death Valley without a spare or two, or three.
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    Brings up a question, how much weight can one of those hitch carriers hold?
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    500 pounds according to the specs. The one I have is hinged so it can be folded up so two arms can be folded down for use as a bike carrier. After posting, I did a search and found this: http://www.discount-trailers.com/tire_rack.htm
    I bet it would rattle around quite a bit especially on the kind of roads where I'd need that second spare.
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    Spare tire carrier

    I wouldn’t think that would rattle at all with a tire or 2 on it. But I don’t like the idea of having my spare hanging off the back like that, especially off road. To much chance of it getting hung up on something. On the roof with a tire the size of these monsters would be a tough one to, as you have to get it up and down. If you have to carry an extra spare for off roading I would just suggest putting them in the cargo area, they are easy to get at and will keep them from getting all crappy.
    My only suggestion would be a carrier like is on the full size vans back doors. If you have barn doors you could put one on each door. Though I don’t like the idea of that much weight one those weak hinges.
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    It would be interesting to see if it made any noise or how it worked. Carying multiple spares is a big deal to a lot of folks, as noted earlier in this thread. If anyone ends up doing this, add a post and let us know.
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    I could if someone wants take some pictures of the rack that fits on the back off my full size van door. Hell I could even build one if someone wants but I really don't recommend hanging full size tires off the back of the Burban barn doors.
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    Yeah, the photo gallery is a sore subject as well. The developers KEEP on saying that someone will develop a module to add in the latest and greatest photo gallery to this type of message board, but it's not working yet. I've spent several hours trying to get it to work. I'll get it up and running as soon as possible! I will!
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