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Old December 23rd, 2005, 09:11 PM   #1
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I have a Surco on my 01 XJ have a spare tire and mount for it ,was wondering what where you think i should put the spare, In the front of the basket harder to get down or in the rear of the basket easier access but more rear weight. Any suggestions.
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Old December 24th, 2005, 04:51 PM   #2
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I don't like the spare up high at all, because it raises the vehicles center of gravity......
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Old December 24th, 2005, 05:09 PM   #3
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I seem to be gettinbg that same responce from most about mounting it in the basket.
Would love to have a rear tire carrier and bumper but unfornutly finances aren't there for that right now. I have my 31 in the stock location right now trying to free up cargo space.
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i have a garvin wilderness rack on my TJ. I have had my spare on my rack from time to time. I like it up there, gives it a more expedition style look. But now that ive put a bigger lift, and soon to be 35's, i had to take the rack off to fit my jeep inside the garage. I usually would take the spare off the top of the rack when i went off road, and place it on my factory carrier.
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Old December 24th, 2005, 11:04 PM   #5
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I don't like the spare up high at all, because it raises the vehicles center of gravity......
On a 3000 pound vehicle, do you really think 30 pounds on the roof will ever cause a rollover?
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Old December 24th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #6
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I'd try putting it up and down a few times and see where it's easiest to get at then mount it there.

Like CC said, it's prolly not going to be an issue for rollover purposes. Sure it will affect at hwat degree your jeep will roll, making it sooner but I doubt you're wheeling at that extreme of an angle anyway and if you are you prolly already have gotten the "Ohh sh*t, that was almost going over." feeling, just adjust accordingly.
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I'd try putting it up and down a few times and see where it's easiest to get at then mount it there.

Like CC said, it's prolly not going to be an issue for rollover purposes. Sure it will affect at hwat degree your jeep will roll, making it sooner but I doubt you're wheeling at that extreme of an angle anyway and if you are you prolly already have gotten the "Ohh sh*t, that was almost going over." feeling, just adjust accordingly.

My rule of thumb, when you think you are going to rollover, you have about 10 more degrees to go... and then thats when you tell the passenger to help you push it back over unto the wheels
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Well mosy of my wheeling is some milder trails and alot of hunting my jeep is my DD so i try no t to get to extreme with it. I'll probably get shit about ,LOL
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The lighter the vehicle the more the higher weight will effect it. This is of course assuming that everything above the axles is heavier than the axle and tire wheel combo.

The weight has more leverage(for lack of better term) when up high.
it all depends on the vehicles use too. If it's not off camber much, dont worry about it. If you wrinkle your seats every time you wheel, or take on ramps rated 25mph at 70, keep the weight low.
Look at the latst rockcrawler trends, low height(and therefore C.O.G.), big tire =less rollovers
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Old December 26th, 2005, 03:50 PM   #10
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Thanks guys for some info ,still not sure about where my tire is going think ill rig a temporary mount and drive it that way for awhile see if i like it.
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another note: the roof rack and tire will add wind resistance. Therefore dropping your mpg.

I noticed that with just a lightbar on my yj.......
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another note: the roof rack and tire will add wind resistance. Therefore dropping your mpg.

I noticed that with just a lightbar on my yj.......
Hell whats gas mileage ,it already sucks LOL
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