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A Spare Tire Reminder - MUST READ!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RedneckRampage, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    So, this morning I set out on a first date/shooting trip. Thought we'd head up to my spot I shoot at, outside of Scappoose, shoot a few rounds and go for a nice long drive through the woods and out the long way. All was going great, she even shot my 1100 and 870P with slugs and buckshot in them (she's like 90lbs). Meet a couple nice guys up there that are members on here. Decided we'd shot enough and headed up the hill farther. Stopped at the top and checked out the view, you can see all the way from Scappoose to past the Portland Airport, and Mt.Hood looks awesome. Next idea was to show her how badass my truck was. Locked 'er into 4x4, went through a real deep ditch/mud pit and smacked my axe (mounted on my front bumper) into a tree root, no big deal, get out to pick up the axe, and what do I hear? AIR LEAKING! WTF???

    My left rear tire is about half way under water and its making bubble and leaking air, quick! I hurried up and got out of the ditch and onto the main logging road again, and made it to a big clear spot, so I wasn't blocking the single lane road. I thought no big deal, I have a full size spare (my truck has 35" Good Year MTRs), I even joked about it, twice.... something like "See, now what if you were with some clown who doesn't even know how to change a tire?" and "Glad I have this full size spare, we'd be screwed if I didn't"... Pull out my bottle jack (who uses that factory junk?), jack it up, pull flat off, throw spare on the wheel studs...

    DAMN! PROBLEM! So, the stock spare wheel that I had my 35" spare mounted on, has too small of inside diameter and wont fit over the brake drum! WTF is Dodge thinking??

    So, I tell her, no worries, I'll pull a front tire off, throw it on the back and put the spare on the front! I'm so smart! Get that factory jack out (that I almost threw in the scrap bin), get the front tire off...

    SAME PROBLEM!!! Wheel hits the brake caliper!

    Now I'm kinda worried. We are like 10-15 miles from the highway, then like 15 miles from town, no phone service, and the sun is going down.

    Only thing I could do is put the front back how it was, and put the spare on the back, and use the lug nuts to "press" the wheel onto the drum. It's gunna be a bubblegum to get apart tomorrow...I had to stop about every 5 miles and re tighten the lugs, but I'm home, and she thinks I'm the ultimate man or something like that. Took about a half hour to go around all the lugs about 40 times to get it tight.

    MORAL OF THIS POST! - Check to make sure your spare fits you vehicle. This is the wheel that came with a stock spare, mounted up under my bumper. It is a 16" wheel, the same as I have on the truck normally. I don't know what the deal is, or why it didn't work, but I could have really had a worse time on the side of the freeway or something. Take a half hour and check it front and rear!
     
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  2. mortar maggot

    mortar maggot western wa Active Member

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    That is almost like running out of gas when out on a date.

    Glad you were able to make it home
     
  3. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    what, you didn't flip the wheel around? heard that was how some people solved that problem back then....but then again, doesn't it depend on how the mounting holes are made?
     
  4. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Tried that, the shape of the wheel wouldn't let it fit flush up against anything.
     
  5. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    ahh that does suck.... maybe the spare was meant for a different (smaller) truck? it's a Dodge? I seem to recall something about the Dakota/Durango light trucks having smaller brake drums...
     
  6. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Well are you gonna get a second date or what if that didn't scare her shes prolly a good chick
     
  7. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Camo - Mine is a 2500, 8 lug. All the 8 lug 2500/3500 wheels should be the same.

    Filson - We are going to the Blazer game tomorrow. She thought it was fun and said at least she gets some entertainment watching me mess around with 3 35" tires trying to make something work lol She was a good sport.
     
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  8. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    from
    Ram Wheel and Tire FAQ - DodgeForum.com

    seems there ARE differences between the steelies of the older ones and the later aluminum ones....might be that the steel spare was meant for an older 8 lug Dodge truck?

    (I've run into similar problems with a 5x100 bolt pattern wheel set on an Olds I had)
     
  9. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Sorry dude, it's a Chrysler better known now as a Fix It Again Tony
     
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  10. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Ah man I had that happen up in the Eagle Caps a few years back. It was a very bad day, I ended up drivng on the flat tire until the bead started off the rim and got all bound up inside the wheel well. Had my battery powered sawzall and got the tire out of the well and cut thru the beads. Then had to put it in 4 low and drive on a rim and limp it down to Lick Creek campground. Pays to make sure your spares actually fit!
     
  11. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    That probably explains it...I have a few wheels laying around, and a couple are from a 2001...mine is a 1998...probably got mixed up at the tire shop getting the 35s mounted. Thanks!

    I love the truck it's self! It goes anywhere (a 20' long truck might be able to) and gets 24MPG, but this isnt a thread to compare brands. I have plenty of bad things to say about the others haha
     
  12. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    This is what happens when non-wheelers try to go wheeling.
     
  13. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Not sure how you figure this, buddy...
     
  14. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Forget about the spare tire. Mission accomplished!