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  1. #1 Hammer + WJ spare tire well = ??? 
    Senior Member Grand Slam West Planner Ted_Z's Avatar
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    Ever since my WJ has been rolling on JL take off's, I've been annoyed that the spare has been taking up so much space in the cargo area. The new 245-75R17 was too big for the spare well. My old worn 245-70R17 had fit without issue (well documented on the interwebs as the largest size that will fit).

    After measuring the new tire (31.6") I had planed on cutting out the spare well and welding in a custom pocket that would fit the larger tire. But it seemed like a lot of work, especially since the new tire almost fit. So I decided to try taking a hammer to the the sheet metal of the factory spare well to see if I could stretch it just enough. Worst case, if it didn't fit I would cut it out as originally planned.

    After what seemed to be 1000 blows of a ball-peen hammer and even more from the 3-pound sledge, I was victorious. The new tire fits in the "modified" pocket. I might also note that my spare has zero miles on it, once I rotate the tires I expect the spare will fit better as the tread and shoulder of the tire wears down. (I'm guessing you could get a JK take-off to fit if you had a worn one to work with, the SRA's, maybe not the KM's).

    The spare tire now does sick up more than before, so the cover sits proud of the floor. My solution was to take some scrap wood (3/4" thick) and build up the floor around the spare cover to match the height. My cargo area cover sits level and you can hardly notice the difference.

    Before the hammer.


    After the hammer, notice the vertical creases are now gone.


    245-75R17 JL take-off in place


    Wood spacers


    Cargo area cover in place
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    I can't see the pics.
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    I can see them. Hammer Time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K2 View Post
    I can't see the pics.
    X2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yjsaabman717 View Post
    X2!

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    I hate how google photos doesn't work sometimes. I reposted them on Imgur, we'll see if that works... https://imgur.com/a/tCWIna0






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    -Ted Z
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    Looks like a steel drum. Does it play well? Entertainment while camping?

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    I can see the second set. Thanks. Looks good.
    95 ZJ, Lift, dents, and noise.
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    Looks good!
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    I have been running 255/75/17's from a JK and had tried to fit it in the well with no luck. I was thinking of doing the same but had forgot about it. Came across this thread and remembered. Well for the most part it fits, I had to drop the air pressure to 10 or 15...lol. Good thing I carry an air pump. Like Ted it sticks up a bit and I could cut something to take up the space but for now I could careless about that I have my trunk back.
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    That's about the biggest that fits upright in the ZJs, too. Just enough room between the seat back and the hatch. It's almost like they really wanted to put 32s on these.

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    Not the best pictures showing it but I'm lazy and don't won't to lift everything off...lol




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