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Spare Tire

I know the Z71's do not have a full-size spare on them. The question I have is...will a full-size spare fit under the truck? I would hate to get a flat and put a donut on it. Bad idea with 4WD, its hard on your transfer case.

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I swear mine has a full sized spare.

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Yeah I agree with S2K I swear I heard or read somewhere that Z-71's come with a full size spare.Especially if it is 4X4 on it.

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Mine has a full size on the alloy rim. Crew Cab Z85, maybe it's different on the Z71's. Even if it is the full size spare would fit fine. I added the 2" hitch after the fact and the spare fits just fine in there.
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I had a full-sized spare on my '89 and '94 S-10 4x4s. I can't fathom a reason why they would go from a full-sized spare to non.

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mine has a 235x75/15 on steel wheel I have a z71 4x4
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If you look in the drivers side door jamb it will show your tire size Plus the spare size. Mine on the Z-71 is 235x75/15 too S2k.

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The Z71's have the 235 Standard as a spare, not the same as the rest, but much better than a donut.

The others you have to specify a full size spare and it is extra.

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Better read the manual on changing a flat tire. Running a smaller tire on a 4x4 is not a good idea to put it mildly. Your Z71 spare is a 28" tire, where the fullsize tire is 30.6"

This was another point that I was pissed about on the Colorado/Canyon 4x4's. And it is not like GM has not offered a 30.6" tire for a spare. My ZR2 comes with a fullsize 30.6" spare....

Let me know what the manual recommends.

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You should run the spare on a front tire if possible because the front tires free wheel when not in 4wd. Also I'm not sure how the locker would act with 2 different size tires.

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That's what I have been trying to bring to peoples attention...

So let me clarify this so everyone understands. If you have a flat on a rear tire. You have to remove the front tire, throw the small spare on the front and then remove the rear tire and install your front tire on the rear...

Enjoy!!!

That is f**king ridiculous.

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Thats exactly why I want to put a full-size spare under the truck...if it will fit. So back to my original question, will a 31 fit under the bed?

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If you really want to know I would take a tire off and try it.
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Re: Spare Tire

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I know the Z71's do not have a full-size spare on them. The question I have is...will a full-size spare fit under the truck? I would hate to get a flat and put a donut on it. Bad idea with 4WD, its hard on your transfer case.
According to the Chevrolet web site, all Z71's, whether 2WD or 4WD come standard with a full size spare, however, it is a smaller size than the Z71 tires: 235/75R15

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I just can't justify buying another $200 tire to store under my truck. At least not until it comes time to replace tires and I can use it as new and use an old as a spare.

But still...the idea of ANY spare tire is to drive gingerly on until you can get to the nearest service station to remedy the situation. People who refuse to abide by that rule probably deserve to ruin their vehicle anyway.

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Re: Spare Tire

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According to the Chevrolet web site, all Z71's, whether 2WD or 4WD come standard with a full size spare, however, it is a smaller size than the Z71 tires: 235/75R15
Then it is not a full size spare. The website is wrong for making that quote.

P265/75R-15 tires = 30.6"
P235/75R-15 tires = 28.9"

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Well, It is a full size tire, ust not the same as the rest of the truck. They mean Full size tire as opposed to a mickey mouse tire. (compact emergency tire) or what ever you call them.

Either way they are just being cheap bastards for not making all of them the same!

IMO, all 5 tires should be identical! Including the rims!

But I'm hoping for the same luck as on my 91 s10. 285,000 and I've never had the jack out and only had the spare down to replace the stock 205 tire with a 235 tire.

Other than checking the pressure now and then, I forget it's there. But some manual recommend you rotate that tire in the mix. Not when the wheel is different though.

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If I remember right the option on mine for the full sized spare was $95. I thought that was a bummer to have to pay extra for the spare, but when I realized I got the alloy wheel as well then it turned out to be a good deal. I can rotate all five tires.
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How does driving on a small spare work
with a limited slip or locker differentials?
Or would it be wise to swap a good front
tire to the back (if a back tire blows) and
put the spare on the front?

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Quote:
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How does driving on a small spare work
with a limited slip or locker differentials?
Or would it be wise to swap a good front
tire to the back (if a back tire blows) and
put the spare on the front?
That was mentioned above.

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