Re: Mounting Spare Tire on front of 1997 E250 SuperDuty
Is the tire seated up on the carrier all the way?
My hitch would always touch before my tire would. I did end up going to a rear tire carrier though, and upgrading to an integrated-hitch-bumper to increase hitch clearance.
If you put the tire up front, watch your transmission temps initially. When I installed my Buckstop and light-array up front, if blocked all the air to the trans cooler so I had to put in a larger cooler to compensate. A good way to mount one up front is installing a hitch receiver (great for a recovery point and also moving trailers in tight places) and a simple hitch-mount tire carrier.
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon