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Old December 28th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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Unmatched spare

Other than looking like a clown (which I'm too old to care about,) is there any reason for me not to have an unmatched spare tire?

I have 4 265/75/16 TrXus MTs on NATO wheels mounted for the winter but have a 265/75/16 BFG MT on a stock rim for the spare. I do have the extra lug nuts for the spare in case I need to mount it but am wondering if I would do any damage if I had to drive 100 miles home on the unmatched spare.

I'm not real eager to spend the extra $250 - $300 to get that 5th TrXus unless I have to.

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Old December 28th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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If the tire is the exact same size, you will do no damage. If the stock alloy on the back concerned you, you could just find a steel wheel off a disco and swap the rim out.

If you tires were significantly different sizes, you would damage the differential if you drove too far, since the wheels would not be spinning at the same rate.

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