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So took a look under my truck a few days ago, and to my surprise, my spare tire was nowhere to be found, nor the nut that holds it in. There is the possibility that it could have fallen off while driving, but I would have heard it. Personally I believe that someone decided to steal it off my truck, somehow without setting off my 2 way alarm, but honestly can't remember when I last checked to make sure it was there.

So what I am getting to, Is there any way to prevent theft or losing the spare, like a way to lock it in (example a chain with a padlock) or something along that line that will secure it in with no way for it to leave my truck without me doing so.
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That is so weird a couple weeks ago there was a thread on what people do to secure their spare. Most people said nothing as they weren't worried about it going missing and I was one of those. Sorry to hear about the loss of your spare,
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GTyankee, that part only works if the thieves intend to use the winch to lower the tire. I believe most will be more destructive and cut off the end of the cable or remove the holder in some other way. In my case my spare is my worst tire so if they want it bad enough they can have it.
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GTyankee thanks for that, I will probably get one of those, and then try to jimmy up something else to work.

It just sucks because I was sopose to travel up to Windsor today for the weekend to see my buds from last year, but don't wanna risk the chance of getting stranded on the side of the 401 in the freezing cold and no spare.
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cable lock maybe..like used for bicycles?
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Hm that could work, I can see if there is anywhere to attach it to under the box, and run it through the rim, and then keep it locked and keep the key with my hitch and tailgate lock keys.
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You may want to try the whole belt and suspenders approach to this. Get the lock that GTyankee posted and put a cable lock or chain on it too. Although I remember someone posting that when their spare went missing a set of bolt cutters was used to cut the hoist cable. If that's the case they are goung to get it regardless. You may want to consider a heavy chain, though it may be a bit noisy. Myself I could care less if they take my spare. It's a different size 265/75/17 than my tires 295/70/18 and it's on a cheap steel wheel of which I have four more.
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Yeah i went and bought a steel rim and a good used tire for my spare. I think I am gonna put the lock and then try to get a wrap around chain or something to also hold it. Not that it costs a lot to get a new one, just want to know it is there for when I have to do 3+ hours drives lol.
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So took a look under my truck a few days ago, and to my surprise, my spare tire was nowhere to be found, nor the nut that holds it in. There is the possibility that it could have fallen off while driving, but I would have heard it. Personally I believe that someone decided to steal it off my truck, somehow without setting off my 2 way alarm, but honestly can't remember when I last checked to make sure it was there.

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Sorry to hear your spare was stolen. This happened to me on my 2003 RAM when it was a couple of years old. I ended up putting a heavy chain around the new spare tire and attaching it to the frame. Also used a good quality padlock. I figured that it might be enough to be too much of a bother for most thieves to try and steal and I never had it stolen after that.
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