Is it bad to use your highway tyres as your spare tyre - spare wheel?

Submitted: Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 11:01
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I've bought 4 steel rims for my Land Cruiser 200 and I'm buying good Mickey Thompson AT tyres to put on them.

I'm wondering if it is a problem to use two of my highway tyres/wheels as my spares on my trip to the Kimberley?
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 11:39

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 11:39
Hi Bad Dude

If they don't have the same rolling diameter they will damage your diffs.

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Derek from ABR
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Follow Up By: Member - OzBadDude - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:08

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:08
Yes,

They do have a slightly different diameter. That answers my question!

John.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 11:41

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 11:41
What are the spares. If they are the OE Grandtreks I would urge extreme caution as I think they are rubbish. We had two fail on the GRR last year.

So ...... they'll be fine as long as you don't need to use them ;o)
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Follow Up By: Member - OzBadDude - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:12

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:12
You're right, that's what they are. And I will be on the GRR. Thanks for the warning.

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 14:32

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 14:32
Get two Mickey Thompson tyres as your spares.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 14:40

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 14:40
I'd rather take 1 decent spare than 2 sus ones.
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Reply By: Member - OzBadDude - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:13

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:13
I'm just having trouble convincing my wife that we can store SIX off-road tyres at our house during the 10 months of the year that we aren't touring!!!

Maybe I will just have to put the spares on the alloy rims and then just keep them as skins when back in Sydney, though I know that isn't good for them.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:59

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 16:59
If it is the same diameter no problems at all.

There are heaps of differing ideas about different sizes, makes and designs. And both sides of the coin have valid points.

To prioritise; If I had a choice I would make it the same tyre. Second choice would be the same diameter and third anything will do to get me back to civilisation and safety etc (and at an appropriate speed might I also say).

We have two sets and the AT's are not even used now. We don't do many kilometers "in town" so I stopped changing them for trips. I just leave the off rad ones on. I should really sell the second set of rims.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:54

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:54
Id say if your A/Ts let you down then you could not expect a road tyre to get you too far down the road! But if you drove really slowly to get you out of the bind you find yourself in, it probably would save you. Michael
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:04

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:04
If you need off road tyres to do the job AND you are carrying spares because you may actually need them.....as soon as you fit one road tyre you have dramatically effected your vehicles off road capability.

Far far better of with 6 wheels and tyres the same size.

As for storing them the rest of the year.....most all terains make fine road tyres....so where is the problem......wear out your road tyres and run the all terains all the time...ya then left with 1 tyre to store and the other 5 will be on your vehicle.

BTW a 6 tyre rotation in my opinion is the best for even tyre wear.

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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:40

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:40
If you are buying 4 brand new tyres from a tyre service, they will often find you a very good used tyre of a similar or same tread pattern & fit it free of charge, I know my tyre does.

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