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Will a 35" tire fit in the factory spare tire location? It looks like I would need to cut the ears off of the bracket, but i am not sure if the exhaust would be in the way. Also, is it safe to do this? This would be for street use, when on the trails, the tire would be in the bed.
 

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I've been trying to plan for the right tire size to get and would still like to keep the spare in the stock location around town like you mentioned. So I have asked this question before and for the most part the answer is yes it has been done. However, I have never gotten a straight answer on the 35's fitting under there with a factory style hidden tow hitch. That is still questionable. If you don't have a hitch I have read some people just cut off the brackets that hold the stock spares in place and other have mentione relocating the drop down cable mount slightly to have more room between things like leaf springs, exhaust, and shocks at full flex and so on,.. but here is a bump for someone who may have already done this and not just hear say since I am curious to know as well.
 

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even 33" need the ears/tabs removed or bent back, but I know Chris King runs his 35 in the spare location. I think he mentioned all he had to do was remove those tabs.
 

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I fit my 33 mtr in their with no other mod then some good old elbow grease on the crank, it is about 1/2 -1 inch from the exhaust but it hasnt seem to melt anyone of the rubber yet
 

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joeylead said:
Will a 35" tire fit in the factory spare tire location? It looks like I would need to cut the ears off of the bracket, but i am not sure if the exhaust would be in the way. Also, is it safe to do this? This would be for street use, when on the trails, the tire would be in the bed.
you can either just cut the rear ears off ot cut them off and weld in a spacer to enlarge them by 4" for the 35. Even with a hitch, the 35x12.50 will fit...barely.

for a 33, cut and weld in a 2" spacer.
 

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Anyone have pics of a 33 stuffed up there?? I swear on my 97' it just doesn't look like there is enough room..Hell, my 31" spare is very close to the top bolt on the Daystar shackles..
 

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A good friend of mine fit a brand new 35x12.50 BFG M/T on a 15x8 in the factory spare location on his 2nd generation Tacoma. He did have to remove the ears. His exhaust is just a down pipe right after the muffler, so he didn't have to worry about that. He also has an after market receiver hitch that did not interfere with the spare at all. It's tight fit, but it's up there.
 

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well it looks like i am going to try and just cut the ears off and see if it fits. I will also have no problem cutting my exhaust pipe if need be as it is already cut to clear the springs. It will only be there for on-road use so i am not worried about it hitting the springs at full flex or anything like that.
 

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I fit a 35" spare but did no cutting or bending. What I did instead was to remove the arms. They do just bolt up to a cross beam. Put the arms on the spare that is laying flat on the ground. Now measure the new bolt centers required so the arms are spaced wide enough to accomidate the larger tire. Now get up under the truck and find the center of the crossbeam. Now measure out for the new bolt centers mark and drill some new holes. Bolt the arms back up and you're good to go.
 

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Don't know what he's gonna do. I got mine covered but that is good to know. Personally, I'm too damn cheap to buy new parts if I can hack what I got and make it work. Everyone knows I'm a tight wad. LOL
 
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