The 6 Best Truck Bed Spare Tire Mounts
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Driving a pickup can make many things in your life more convenient — until you have a flat, that is. Most trucks keep their spares under the vehicle, which frees up space in the back but exposes it to mud, road grime, and other debris. These mounts can be installed in the bed, so the tire is easier to get to when necessary, eliminating the need for you to crawl on the ground in the rain. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
March 08, 2021:
We removed the International Resources, Wilco Offroad and N-Fab Rapid Strap due to availability issues, and managed to find three good replacements for our new omissions.
The Titan Fuel Tanks 9901330000 is a smart choice for those who like to re-accessorize their trucks regularly or are just plain indecisive, as it requires no drilling or welding to install, and thus should leave no lasting blemishes on your ride if ever you decide to uninstall it — as long as it you don’t crank down too hard on it, which may result in your bed rail bending.
The A.Desert Des Universal T99918NA01NA is a sleek-looking choice, but it’s also expensive enough that most are likely to go wide of it, unless deciding to splurge on it as a style choice. It can accommodate a tire from 33 to 40 inches and keep it standing upright, so it won’t take up as much space in your box.
The Armordillo USA 7180369 was a questionable addition, because without implementing the company's matching rack – if you're interested, the model number is 7180345, but just be advised that it costs somewhere in the neighborhood of six times as much as the tire mount itself – it really isn’t a functional choice. That being said, if you are willing to make the investment, we think there’s a very good chance that your truck will look great with this rack on top of it, and an aggressive-tread spare tire mounted on top of the rack.
February 20, 2019:
The two biggest questions users should ask themselves before investing in one of these options are where and how they want the spare attached. For example, if you're not willing to drill a hole in your frame, something like the selection from International Resources should work nicely, although it necessarily won't be as sturdy as bolted-on models. Also, a mount that holds the tire upright on the side of the bed will free up more space than one that keeps it cinched to the floor, but it may also make it slightly more difficult to access when needed.
Wilco Off-Road This california-based company has a small selection of tire carriers that are likely to look good on many trucks. In addition to flat- and angle-mount options for inside your truck bed, they also offer brackets that allow you to hang a tire off the back of your tail gate, which is nice if that storage space typically comes at a premium. wilcooffroad.com
Raptor Series Tire Rack It isn't the most affordable option out there, but with 24 tie-down points and a powder-coated finish, this model can make a sleek addition to most full-size trucks, and can accommodate tires up to 40 inches. If it provides more space than you need for your spares – and that's likely – then you can use the extra room to secure other emergency essentials — like a gas can or, if you're really ambitious, even a motorcycle. raptorseries.com