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a Bottle Jack will take up less room, if you carry a spare in the back, it will fit in the wheel till needed. Just make sure you get one that will fit under the R and has enough tonnage rating. My 2Cents..
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I have one of the small 4 wheeled floor jack types that I have in a cloth bag in the 05. It is nice because it is lower than a bottle jack and more stable. I also carry a wheel chock as well. It was in the 05 when I bought it. I don't recommend putting your hitch in the same bag as the two together can end up with a broken knob on the hitch.

I went out at lunch to take a picture and I was wrong about the jack in the 05 it is actually a small scissors jack in the bag. I never paid much attention to it. What I was referring to is a small jack like the picture below. I have this in my other truck for when I take my open trailer any place. I have used this a lot and it is very handy. It works on uneven ground and has done well over the years.

Also a Trailblazer jack should be able to be found at a junk yard relatively cheap and should work as the frames are the same between the vehicles.
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I would look for a small four wheeled floor jack. You will spend more money for one with an aluminum frame, but it will be lighter.

It's very difficult to find a bottle jack that is short enough to fit under the SSR frame, and still give you enough range to actually get a wheel off the ground.

If your R is lowered, fuggetaboutit - you'll need a low profile floor jack. I have a good aluminum framed jack for the garage, and it barely gets under my truck which is lowered 1" front, 1.6" rear. I had a smaller jack that I would carry in the R on road trips, but I damaged it using it as my primary jack, and haven't yet replaced it. Will need to do that before the next road trip.


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I have one of the small 4 wheeled floor jack types that I have in a cloth bag in the 05. It is nice because it is lower than a bottle jack and more stable. I also carry a wheel chock as well. It was in the 05 when I bought it. I don't recommend putting your hitch in the same bag as the two together can end up with a broken knob on the hitch.

What floor jack would you recommend ?
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Unlike maintenance at home if you have to jack it up on the road(shoulder) it is highly unlikely to be level, good chance of being un or semi paved, and possibly soft.
Stability up in the air is your primary goal, and when confronted with that situation thoughts of cost and taking up room in the bed will be far from your thoughts.

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I use AAA Club Jack, don't even sweat when I use it.

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I got one from Harbor Freight. It is a smaller aluminum one. The wheels will rust though.

I put in a bag and I can put my other spare items in with it when I travel. It will fit in the hard bags, but I don't usually use them on trips.

I have not had to use it. I did use it to test it when I changed out summer and winter wheels. It works it a little bit, but it does work. I use the regular floor jack around the garage.

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I use AAA...they have all the equipment to do it😎
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Sears use to carry a small one in a hard plastic case you might try there.
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Have tried and used AAA works great and fits in wallet
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Sears use to carry a small one in a hard plastic case you might try there.
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As mentioned with other replies I purchased a Trailblazer Jack with the folding lug wrench in GM Storage case on ebay for less than $30, but also have AAA. The Trailblazer Jack is a scissor type if that helps.
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AutoZone, O'Reilly, Parts America all have the small jacks like I listed in post 3. I think Wally World may even have them.

If you look at a full size floor jack that many places sell listed as the racing jacks. There are two types, one has a front roller between the frame and the other has 2 wheels on the out side of the frame. I have had 2 cars fall off the single roller type so be very careful with them. They end up being like a tri cycle with all the weight on the front and easy to tip over.
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Also remember if you are doing your own roadside work you also need:
1. A tool to remove your center caps without damaging them.
2. A socket for the right size to fit wheel nuts.
3. A long breaker bar.
4. A 7/16 wrench if you have brake caliper covers as they need to be removed if you are using the 17 in spare wheel.
5. Might need a wheel chock.

Seems like there is no end to it and I probably forgot something.
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If you get the Spare tire kit from simple-engineering.com it comes with a scissor jack and all the tools you need in a bag, and the spare fits under the bed.
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Gave this a lot of thought: Complete loss of tire due to blow out is a low %. Puncture & slow leak is high%. I carry a portable compressor which is capable of restoring adequate air pressure to get me to the nearest repair station & AAA just in case. Why do you want to invest in spare tire, wheel, jack, lug wrench, un safe conditions for tire change, & take up valuable storage space?? I know it's a gamble, but the odds are with me, as I consider myself a reasonable speculator.

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Gave this a lot of thought: Complete loss of tire due to blow out is a low %. Puncture & slow leak is high%. I carry a portable compressor which is capable of restoring adequate air pressure to get me to the nearest repair station & AAA just in case. Why do you want to invest in spare tire, wheel, jack, lug wrench, un safe conditions for tire change, & take up valuable storage space?? I know it's a gamble, but the odds are with me, as I consider myself a reasonable speculator.

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Question for the AAA guys, How long is the average wait time for them to show up? When I traveled back from CA the wait time was the reason I went with a spare, jack ,and tools. My wife disagrees and said it is because I am stubborn and don't trust anyone to touch my cars to do something I can do my self. She maybe a little right.

I did give it a lot of thought and I can't recall the last time I have had to change a tire on the side of the road while either traveling or just commuting to and from work.
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For about $120 to your door you can buy an 12-volt electric jack and 12-volt impact wrench & sockets, extensions. all in a plastic box.........FOR some reason I think it also comes with an air-pump???? IF not I have a separate air pump. For some reason I never thought about a spare tire when riding a motorcycle? Although my side-car rigs do have a spare tire............Birdmans
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I have had AAA take 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on where I was and that was not always for a tire, but also other issues. I still use them if I can.


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Danno if you still plan on carrying a jack and spare tire check in the forum for the best all around rim and tire size to have as you will have trouble putting a 20 up front with the way the SSR is set up I believe it may screw up your alignment. This has been covered a number of times on here. Like everyone else 3 A is probably the way to go.
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Question for the AAA guys, How long is the average wait time for them to show up? When I traveled back from CA the wait time was the reason I went with a spare, jack ,and tools. My wife disagrees and said it is because I am stubborn and don't trust anyone to touch my cars to do something I can do my self. She maybe a little right.

I did give it a lot of thought and I can't recall the last time I have had to change a tire on the side of the road while either traveling or just commuting to and from work.
We had AAA for a year. Waited an hour and a half for them to come unlock the car when my wife locked her purse in it with the keys in iit in a Mall parking lot at closing. Had to use tow service once when the idler broke and serpentine belt came off killling the engine. Called and we waited 2-1/2 hrs on the side of a bridge over Louetta Rd on I-45 about 25 mi north of Houston in 95 degree heat and trucks flying by 75mph. A nice State Trooper came by after 90 min and parked behind us with his lights on so we didn't get rear ended. He even gave us a bottle of cold water. No excuse for a 2-1/2 hr wait on an interstate 25 mi from downtown of the forth largest city in the US.
Never again AAA. I put the fantastic SE spare kit on my truck.
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Gave this a lot of thought: Complete loss of tire due to blow out is a low %. Puncture & slow leak is high%. I carry a portable compressor which is capable of restoring adequate air pressure to get me to the nearest repair station & AAA just in case. Why do you want to invest in spare tire, wheel, jack, lug wrench, un safe conditions for tire change, & take up valuable storage space?? I know it's a gamble, but the odds are with me, as I consider myself a reasonable speculator.

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At first I was surprised it had no spare but as I checked around there are many cars that don't carry one any more. Two much weight and also takes up too much room and the staggered size situation plus tires are made better now a days. Some Mercedes, Cadillac's, Corvettes, Mustangs,and several others don't have a spare. I carry one just because we are so rural and nothing is open at night. I also have towing and roadside assistance with my Hagerty insurance.


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I use AAA Club Jack, don't even sweat when I use it.

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Im with Dicktator on this one. AAA Jack works every time. Been a AAA member for over 30 years. One call does it all.

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I've waited 5 hours and 15 minutes for AAA when I called at 2 in the afternoon on a tuesday, in nice weather, 10 miles from Philly. I'd hate to think what 2AM in the boondocks would take. To be fair, other times it was less than 2 hours.

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The front can be different sizes for awhile but rears must nearly match or the differential resents it.

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AAA wait times up to an hour. I try to insure no tire issues by having them checked when I service the R. In 15 years only one tire shred in Kentucky. I worry more about other drivers on the road more than a tire going low or flat. Too old to wrench a tire off on the side of the road with vehicles whizzing by trying to figure out what kind of car it is😜
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Large can of fix a flat has worked for me so far. AAA back up.

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Large can of fix a flat has worked for me so far. AAA back up.
Lots of shops around here won't repair or work on a tire and wheel after it has that stuff in it. I carry the rope type puncture cord and tools and have the air compressor that came with the SSR and a spare if all else fails and Hagerty drivers club Road Side assistance..


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Large can of fix a flat has worked for me so far. AAA back up.
Fix a flat generally means you throw away the tire, possibly a major cleanup on the wheel. Have you seen how sticky that latex is? You can't get it off, and depending on how much driving is done with it in there as a liquid, you can get a pretty heavy puddle inside. Makes proper inside patch more than most shops want to handle.


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