I've heard of plenty of people fitting a 285/70/17 in the factory location with a little shimmying of the tire while placing it. Some people do some minor trimming but I've heard from a few that didn't need any.
It can be done but it isn't simple. You'd need to modify your exhaust and the tire mount itself and whatever else needs to be cleared, but people do it. You could also get a hitch mounted tire carrier if you aren't ready to fully commit to a new bumper.So has anyone with a 285/70 spare got it to fit in the OEM location? I just dry fitted mine and NO. It touches the differential, exhaust and the drivers leaf spring shackle. Fricken' mess. How in the F do you get this big ass tire to fit in the OEM spot?? UGH!
I currently have it strapped to the inside of my bed. Read: no room in bed for camping stuff. I have a bed cover so, setting it vertical isn't an option. Either put back in bed, or get swing out bumper. I'm in SoCal so would love to travel to see someone's same size tire in their OEM spot...
What is the best option for exhaust? Is it possible to cut the factory after the muffler and dump it down, or is aftermarket needed to do that?
I have a 35 x 12.5 under mine. Exhaust dumps after the axle and I run the tire without air. Some hammering was necessary, diff just touches the tread at full bump