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I see many people that have their cargo area full with needed items. Then I don't see a spare tire. I am new to the SXS riding and don't know what is necessary for survival. How often do tires go flat? When they do go flat, how often do they break from the bead? How often are the tires damaged beyond plug repair? Have you ever cracked a wheel on a rock making tire repair impossible? I know I will probably ride alone more than most people. How important is it for me to have a spare? I'm not afraid of walk outs.

I need to balance pros and cons. The pros are obvious. The cons are usually having reduced visibility from the rear view mirror. A small pro is that I could sell that mirror. I'm no fan of putting weight up high on any type of vehicle. I'm new to the SXS world. But I've already had my Talon on some "What the hell are you doing?" leans. That extra high weight or a gentle summer breeze could make a difference. What say you veterans?
 

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Did a ride last season and we were 36 miles from our trucks only 2 Talons in group. The guy on the other Talon ripped his sidewall open. He would have paid almost anything at that moment for a spare. He missed a day of riding and managed tp limp back with 18 plugs in the tire. Yes 18! Following day I ordered a tire rack from Factory UTV and it does allow me to see behind with no problems you'll like it. I've never had a flat and hope to never do but I carry a spare today...
 

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I see many people that have their cargo area full with needed items. Then I don't see a spare tire. I am new to the SXS riding and don't know what is necessary for survival. How often do tires go flat? When they do go flat, how often do they break from the bead? How often are the tires damaged beyond plug repair? Have you ever cracked a wheel on a rock making tire repair impossible? I know I will probably ride alone more than most people. How important is it for me to have a spare? I'm not afraid of walk outs.

I need to balance pros and cons. The pros are obvious. The cons are usually having reduced visibility from the rear view mirror. A small pro is that I could sell that mirror. I'm no fan of putting weight up high on any type of vehicle. I'm new to the SXS world. But I've already had my Talon on some "What the hell are you doing?" leans. That extra high weight or a gentle summer breeze could make a difference. What say you veterans?
I use TireJect Flat Tire Protection which works on up to 32" x 11" tires. I've had two sidewall punctures and TireJect fixed them both good a new. Carry a tire pump.
 

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I ran without a spare tire for almost half a year. Bought good tires and thought I was careful. Then out in the middle of nowhere up jumped a rock and boom a ripped sidewall. I did have enough plugs with me to limp back to camp. We were out in the Utah desert and it was hot. We were with other people, but kinda off by ourselves. Made me realize what could happen worst case scenario. After that, I bought a tire rack and a spare rim and tire. Bought the Super ATV rack and I am ok with the visibility. It is reduced, but not bad. I am also carrying more water these days. Don't forget the jack. The good news is that it isn't a Polaris so you can get by without a fire extinguisher. :D
 

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I ran without a spare tire for almost half a year. Bought good tires and thought I was careful. Then out in the middle of nowhere up jumped a rock and boom a ripped sidewall. I did have enough plugs with me to limp back to camp. We were out in the Utah desert and it was hot. We were with other people, but kinda off by ourselves. Made me realize what could happen worst case scenario. After that, I bought a tire rack and a spare rim and tire. Bought the Super ATV rack and I am ok with the visibility. It is reduced, but not bad.
Riding today I hit a couple rocks that sounded like they pinched the tire down to the wheel. If you crack the wheel, no size plug will get you home. I'm leaning heavily towards the spare. Especially since I like to ride alone a lot. Most don't like to ride as fast or far as I do. The prices for the carriers seems ridiculous.
 

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Get a spare and put it as far back as you can. Will stop bucking in the whoops. Just got back the desert and was hitting whoops at 60 to 65. Stock suspension. Talon stayed straight as an arrow. Helps with the poor geometry in the ass end.
 

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Have you ever heard anyone say "dude, I wish didn't have the spare tire with me"?

Here's a picture of mine hanging off a Dirtroad Fabrications swing out tailgate. It holds the spare and gives me room for a cooler and black lab. And a bonus is that it swings open so I can actually manage to lift our old dog into th back. If it didn't swing open there's no way I could lift the dog that high
 

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I have a spare, 2 sidewall slugs and tire plugs, dont forget a pump.I usually have another spare tire in the truck. I dont want to miss a day on the trails over a flat. Not to mention being stranded miles away. I bought a Tusk mount from Rocky Mountain ATV.
 

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Have you ever heard anyone say "dude, I wish didn't have the spare tire with me"?

Here's a picture of mine hanging off a Dirtroad Fabrications swing out tailgate. It holds the spare and gives me room for a cooler and black lab. And a bonus is that it swings open so I can actually manage to lift our old dog into th back. If it didn't swing open there's no way I could lift the dog that high
I would rather have a bumper mounted carrier that didn't obstruct views. And lower CG weight. I wonder how the exhaust heat would affect the tire being that close. Also, I know someone that has an extra rear tire/wheel for sale. I don't know if it would rub if used on the front. Would it at least be usable to get me back home?
 

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I use a front as a spare, Ive heard a rear will rub on the front but have not tried it myself. I'm surprised how few sxs's carry a spare, at least where i ride in MN and WI. I bought a set of take off wheels/tires on ebay
 

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I use a front as a spare, Ive heard a rear will rub on the front but have not tried it myself. I'm surprised how few sxs's carry a spare, at least where i ride in MN and WI. I bought a set of take off wheels/tires on ebay
I didn't even think about Ebay. I would prefer a front spare.. If mounted high, it might obstruct less view.
 

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I didn't even think about Ebay. I would prefer a front spare.. If mounted high, it might obstruct less view.
You can see under the high mount spare but it does still block some vision. It does not seem to affect the handling having the weight up high. I thought it might.
 

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I have a high spare mount. Fixed the bucking problem. Get good side mirrors. Never really cared what's behind me anyway. It's fine in the slow off camber stuff too.
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I have a high spare mount. Fixed the bucking problem. Get good side mirrors. Never really cared what's behind me anyway. It's fine in the slow off camber stuff too. View attachment 1776
I have a high spare mount. Fixed the bucking problem. Get good side mirrors. Never really cared what's behind me anyway. It's fine in the slow off camber stuff too. View attachment 1776
The little riding I've done so far, I've had too much reverse action that were near drop off's. Even with little sight blockage, I had some concerns. I also wanted easy access to fill oil, check air filter, and dig into my storage trunk.
 

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Side mirrors are much better for any backing up that is a problem. They can be adjusted better to allow you to see exactly where the tire is. Rear view is more for distance. I do alot of rock crawling in the sierras and side mirrors are a must have. I do have a rear view Installed but it was a gift. Spare tire carrier swings out of the way by pulling two pins. Still have great access to cargo area.
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I have all 3 mirrors. But side mirrors don't give enough comfort or perception in dangerous situations. At-least for me, without getting out. I need to have a clear view turning around and looking over my trunk area.
 

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I see many people that have their cargo area full with needed items. Then I don't see a spare tire. I am new to the SXS riding and don't know what is necessary for survival. How often do tires go flat? When they do go flat, how often do they break from the bead? How often are the tires damaged beyond plug repair? Have you ever cracked a wheel on a rock making tire repair impossible? I know I will probably ride alone more than most people. How important is it for me to have a spare? I'm not afraid of walk outs.

I need to balance pros and cons. The pros are obvious. The cons are usually having reduced visibility from the rear view mirror. A small pro is that I could sell that mirror. I'm no fan of putting weight up high on any type of vehicle. I'm new to the SXS world. But I've already had my Talon on some "What the hell are you doing?" leans. That extra high weight or a gentle summer breeze could make a difference. What say you veterans?
 
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