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Old 05-20-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hey there, just got my first Jeep in April. Ever since I couldn't afford a new CJ-7 in 1977 when I first went into the Air Force, I've been wanting to get one. A guy at work told me that his mom had passed away and left him with a 1989 Jeep Wrangler Islander that she bought new. The Islander was originally purchased in Missouri, but spent most of it's life in AZ and CA. It has 91,000 miles and everything is totally original. The only major things I did was new tires (it had the original 23 year old Uniroyal spare, you wouldn't believe the cracks), new shocks and full brake job. I had to replace the center section of the dash where it was destroyed by thieves stealing the radio. Otherwise it was just little things and a clean up, I'm surprised that the paint looks as good as it does for it's age. It does need a new top but that will come at the end of summer.

I do have two questions. Does anyone know what the factory spare tire cover looked like for this model, and where I might find one? The other question I have is what is the snap for just to the right of the left tail light, between the light and the tailgate?

Anyway, it looks like there's a huge amount of info here and I hope to learn a lot.

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In my original post I asked if anyone knew what the factory 1980's Islander spare tire cover looked like. I found these two pictures and was wondering if someone could verify that these are the factory covers. That being said, does anyone have any idea where I could find one?

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I got a 1989 Jeep brochure off of eBay and it shows the stock spare tire cover very well, and I looked everywhere for one but no luck. Then last week the guy I bought the Jeep from said he found the cover and gave it to me. It needed a bit of cleaning, but it looks great. Turns out that I had to swap out the spare tire to a 205/75R-15 in order to get the cover to fit. It seems like they used some crazy Polyglas spare back then and it was slightly smaller than the 215/75R-15 that came stock. I also put a new Bestop Replace-a-Top on this weekend, it's really great to be able to see through the windows. I know my Jeep looks like a relic, but I like the stock 80's look.

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