Mine is mounted so high I can’t see anything over it.
I gave it a shot and decided that I'd rather run with a spare.Personally, I don't think you will see any added driveability by removing the spare from the rear.
However, if you like the look, go for it. I just hope you don't get a flat trying to escape a flood or volcano eruption. I've seen YouTube videos lol. In most circumstances, especially with a tough AT/MT, you are very unlikely to get a flat unless you piss someone off.
What tailgate plate is that? I've never seen it before. I'm looking for one that is plug and play since I have no wiring experience. The Cavfab has a plug 'n play harness for $55 extraSpares on the road are so 1980. When we had 2 ply tires ran them till they were bald, that’s when I had a flat. In 25 years, at least, the only flat I’ve had is in my driveway in the morning - due to a roofer nail or something. I air up and go get it patched.
Off-road, I carry plugs and compressor and spare in cargo area. If I were in Oahu, wouldn’t carry one either.