John Smith wrote:
> Yes I thought about the road service assistance. I wanted to lose the extra
> weight so I will take a chance on that.
Seriously, consider your actions and your goals, and maybe give us more
info as to what you are trying to accomplish.
I am not an expert on this but I am aware of no reason why there should
be any structural issues with removing the tire from under the vehicle.
If the idea is to relocate the tire to the roof, that is a questionable
idea, as it puts a heavy weight where it can have a real bad effect on
your stability. Better to put the tire on a bumper rack, or you can do
as I did and make a spare tire rack that goes into the receiver hitch.
If it is to improve mileage, this kind of rig is designed for dealing
with some weight, and that amount will not make any noticeable
difference. The weight issue is a small one compared to the poor
aerodynamics of an SUV when it comes to mileage. And being without a
spare is not a good idea anywhere, anytime.
Changing driving habits. Keep a clean air filter on the vehicle.
Changing to an easy rolling highway tread from the normal mud and snow
tires. Putting synthetic lube in the axles, transmission and engine,
and other such simple things are all much better ideas.
It isn't the gold that I am wanting so much as just finding the gold.
Robert W. Service
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