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Old 04-15-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Spare Tire?

I'm getting to the paint stage for my 74 K5 build and need to figure out what to do about a spare tire. The Blazer originally had a swing away tire on the tailgate but I don't want to reuse it-it was hard on the tailgate and looks funky-I like a clean rear...I know the originals had spares mounted inside on the side but I'd hate to loose interior space for it. Anybody figured out another way? Do they make a smaller temporary spare for 4WD's? Or should I just not run a spare and carry a can of "never flat". Any great ideas out there? Thanks
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: Spare Tire?

Front bumper, rear bumper, or inside. Have you looked at any of the aftermarket swing-away mounts? New units are likely much better made than what was available back then.
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Old 04-15-2017, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: Spare Tire?

You can find a factory or Hickman roof rack and strap it down on top.
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:22 AM   #4
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Re: Spare Tire?

I have this same quandary about the spare. As I'm going to run ansoft top the roof isn't much of an option. I saw a k20 today parked on my way home from work with the spare mounted on the front grille. Going to check it out tomorrow.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:45 AM   #5
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You could run the soft top, fab an outer cage and attach a roof rack to that.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:22 PM   #6
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That seems like ALOT of extra work. As mine is a mall crawler / soccer mobile, unlikely to ever go more than 15 miles from home and HIGHLY unlikely to get more than a nail or screw puncture, i might opt for always carrying a can of tire sealant / inflator
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:37 PM   #7
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Re: Spare Tire?

I carry a tire plug repair kit and a portable 12 volt compressor along. The tool that comes with the kit is usually junk so I bought a much better one but the plugs are fine.
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Re: Spare Tire?

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I carry a tire plug repair kit and a portable 12 volt compressor along. The tool that comes with the kit is usually junk so I bought a much better one but the plugs are fine.
Thanks for the tip-Just ordered from Amazon.
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