2005 gmc envoy_denali
GM prolly changed the spare wheel in '03. That is when a lot of the standard items on the TVs "disappeared".
I looked at mine this morning again. Its not entirely flat, but it is way low on air, too low to actually use. I just can't imagine using that tire, it looks really bad.Added some air and the "dents" are still there..It's rubbed so much that is polished the rubber in those spots.
The previous blazers did have the hatch w/swing out tire. Unsure about the look. In the lower deck would have been nice...JayMy '02 has the same spare wheel as you do. When I have the spare down ( one a year +) I make a point of rotating it just a little before winching it up. Thus my tire has similar marks, but more of them.
A double sided air chuck will allow you to check and fill the spare with the tire completely up but it is still a pain in the a$$.
Just another example of how GM could have built a better Trailvoy but did not. My first choice for a spare tire is to have it under the rear floor deck, accessable from inside, just like 99% of all cars. An added benefit of this location is that you can store stuff inside the wheel and around the outside of the tire. This might have even saved GM a few bucks because they would not have the expense of the winch. A distant 2nd choice is the spare tire located where it is now but WITH THE VALVE STEM POINTED DOWN and a winch that works every time in all kinds of weather. 3rd choice is a floor recess on one side or the other and the spare stands vertically in it; such as older Jeep Cherokees have. You guys with huge off road tires might not like that idea. 4th best is what we have now. 5th is mounted to the rear hatch door ( not really an option for a hatch that swings up as ours do.) Least desirable is having it tied to the roof rack.
Just another example of how GM could have built a better Trailvoy but did not. My first choice for a spare tire is to have it under the rear floor deck, accessable from inside, just like 99% of all cars. An added benefit of this location is that you can store stuff inside the wheel and around the outside of the tire. This might have even saved GM a few bucks because they would not have the expense of the winch. quote]
Sounds like a bodyshop mod...:undecided :undecided
Good points, everyone of them, but....Yeah the load floor spare tire sounds like a great idea UNTIL you are on a trip and need the spare with your gear on top of it packed to the roof. Now you have to completely unload everything to get the cover off the spare tire them proceed to change. Then you have to put the flat tire into the load floor and finally reload the truck.
A frame cross member would have to be cut to allow the tire to come in from above. When the truck was designed a "U" shaped cross member could have been used or the straight one could have been moved forward a few inches but it is too late now.
You are right and I was wrong. All it takes is time and money.:yes:Hardly too late.
Remove tire. Cut out existing crossmember.
Fab tub that will replace floor pan in back
Fab replacement crossmember.
Weld in tub and seal, with undercoat.
Weld in crossmember...Seal.
get floor carpeted, drop in spare.
I am betting a 2K job, or less if you can weld.
Just another of the GM tough if you can't figure it out issues. A good full instruction is at02 Spare Tire...Question here. I have had my 02 Tb for about 5 years now.. (Knock on wood) I have never had to use the spare tire. So today I figure I better check the tire pressure on it...I had to read the instructions on how to lower the tire. I have seen posts about the tire getting stuck..etc... Anyway I got the tire off and it was flat...and...It's an actual rim, not a generic steele....Are all the spares this way? here is a picture of mine..also the tire is ruined. it have been up so long that the tire has marks from where it was press up against the frame..