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Old 03-02-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Front mount spare tire carriers

Long ago, my grandfather bought a 1977 Blazer. After a couple of years he relocated the spare tire, which was then carried inside the rear cargo area, to a spare tire carrier in front of the grille.

No one seems to make these sorts of setups any more and I suppose that given the fact that factory SUVs and pickups alike increasingly mount the spare between the frame rails underneath the rear cargo area, this isn't as compelling a problem as it once was.

Obviously cooling air would be obstructed which would be one disadvantage.

The advantage is that balance is improved when towing a trailer, and the rear deck area is freed up for a fuel tank or generator.

I've seen some front receiver mount setups that could be combined with a tire carrier but these seem unlikely to be satisfactory. Play would be the main problem.
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I had a front mounted spare on a number of tow vehicles over the years. Never noticed any affect on the cooling at all.
It has been a few years since I have seen this done.
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This is interesting... I was planning on putting the A/S spare on a tire mount in the front receiver... reduce tongue weight, add to steer weight

My 8.1L runs hot, and I figured cooling would probably be my only concern...

Then again, how much difference would 25lbs make?
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