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Old 09-07-2017, 01:52 PM   #1
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Check your spare

on your tow vehicle. Come to find out that my Ram 1500 has 20' wheels and tires but a 17" temporary spare??
I know that Jeep provides 5 full sized tires and wheels and assumed a truck with a towing package would also, my mistake. Now to find a 20x9 wheel and spend money for a tire that hopefully I will never need.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:16 PM   #2
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Hey Jim, you could put the new spare in rotation and get some wear out of it, or wait till you trade for another Dodge and put the 17 back in the spare rack, and insist on the full spare for
The new one. Then you'd have a spare pair and only have to buy two new ones when the originals wear out. Oh wait, you've never worn a set for out have you?
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:17 PM   #3
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I was absolutely disgusted when I checked my spare after owning my Ford Ranger for a while. All my previous Mazda trucks had regular tires the same as the rest. T

I had asked the salesman if the the truck came with a "full size" spare. Imagine my disgust when it turned out to be "not to be used for towing" on a truck with a tow package and it was a different circumference. I went to an auto wrecker and got a matching wheel and tire. Thanks, Ford.

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Old 09-07-2017, 02:40 PM   #4
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When I bought my truck a few years ago I realized the original spare tire was now about 18 years old (1997 F250). So I pulled it and got a new spare tire since tires age out after awhile. Also, the prior owner had changed the tire size on the truck to give it a wider tread for hauling. I also bought a tire plug kit and a tire compressor. Figured flats never happen in a good place. Would be better to plug it, air up and get to a comfortable spot to handle a 10 ply tire 80lb tire if I can.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:43 PM   #5
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The Ram 1500's come with either 17" or 20" wheels. The sidewall on the 17 is taller and a lot of people swap out their 20's for 17's for a better ride and tire selection. If you have a 17" spare on a steel wheel the OD maybe the same as your 20" tires. Worth checking before spending a lot of money.
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my little jeep (renegade) has no spare

(but it also doesn't tow)
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The Ram 1500's come with either 17" or 20" wheels. The sidewall on the 17 is taller and a lot of people swap out their 20's for 17's for a better ride and tire selection. If you have a 17" spare on a steel wheel the OD maybe the same as your 20" tires. Worth checking before spending a lot of money.
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I do not understand, yes the temporary spare is 17 and yes it may have the same OD but I can not tow while using a temporary spare, so I need to replace it with a full sized spare, correct?
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I do not understand, yes the temporary spare is 17 and yes it may have the same OD but I can not tow while using a temporary spare, so I need to replace it with a full sized spare, correct?
Why would the spare not work for towing? I know my spare does not have the same rim size, but the diameter is the same, and can be used for towing, no problem.
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Why would the spare not work for towing? I know my spare does not have the same rim size, but the diameter is the same, and can be used for towing, no problem.
The manual for at least some vehicles with donut spares state "Do not tow with the spare".
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The manual for at least some vehicles with donut spares state "Do not tow with the spare".
I realize that, but I understood Jim to say the tire was full sized, just not the same tire, as mine is.
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