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Old 09-04-2013, 06:32 PM
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Default Spare Tire Removal Hell

Time for my truck's annual state inspection, and I notice I need a new tire. So I'm going to replace the tire with my spare, and deal with that later.

So I go to remove my spare tire, and I find I bought a truck wihtout a jack or the tools to lower it. Fine, I'll use the jack in the garage.

Discover that I need the jack tools to lower the tire. OK - let's see what I can do about this.

My google-fu shows that I can use a 9/16 socket on the winch nut to lower the spare - but I can't get a 9/16 socket in due to the tube that encloses everything.

Anyone got an idea to get my spare down? Or to remove that cylinder so I can get my socket to the nut?

I don't care if a suggestion damages the winch - the spare will go in my garage and stay there once down and the winch will be removed, shot at dawn, buried in an unmarked shallow grave and urinated upon - I've been at this for several days now and am frustrated.
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