Who in the heck steals a spare tire? . . .
Actually, the hood rats around here steal quite a
few spares, made easier by the flimsy spare tire
winch set up. They don't bother to crank it down,
just snip the end of it off with bolt cutters, then
you not only have to buy a new spare wheel and
tire, but a new winch as well.
The winch idea comes courtesy of the nosy
gubmint through their weight and fuel savings
mandates, just like the extinct vent windows .
Of course you know that for many decades truck
spare tires were mounted underneath
the rear of the truck on a simple easy to manufacture
rail that would last pretty much forever plus 3 days.
Lots of things the gubmint fiddles with that negatively
impacts the end user. Probably the biggest thing
I can think of is having to build a vehicle with
half of it in plastic that degrades instead of durable
and recyclable metal, thus taking up even more
scarce space in landfills.