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Old 06-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #31
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No cover for me. I do put some 303 on the spare to protect it from the sun though.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #32
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People steal them. For what I don't know they can't me worth much
A few years ago i was at the rec at ku, and, looking out the big windows, i watched a car pull up behind a blazer, a guy got out of the car walked to the blazer and took the tire cover off the back. He got back in his car and drove off. His purpose is a mystery to this day.

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Old 06-07-2012, 06:50 AM   #33
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I don't see the benefit of a tire cover, but I do see a hassle.

When I had stock tires my Jeep came with a spare tire cover. I had to change flats twice and it only added an extra step at the beginning and end. except for the second time, as I didn't put it back on.

I've since increased my spare tire size by 5+ inches, so the stock cover won't fit, and I don't see the value in spending additional money for no value.

Aside from the pragmatic/logical side, I prefer the look of the spare tire uncovered. Especially the bigger meatier tire that I currently have on the Jeep.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:28 AM   #34
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The only reasons I could see to use a tire cover is to block the sun & elements. Since the tires on the axles also sit in the sun, though maybe not as much but get more elemental exposier I don't see how a cover would really help. The only way a tire cover would help is if the same spare was used a really long time through the life cycles of multiple sets of axle tires. I don't need to worry about that because I change out the old spare with one of the worn axle tires when they are replaced. The tire carrier could actually keep in grime from offroading and do more damage than protection.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #35

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A tire cover helps with sun cooking the rubber of your spare, if you live in an environment where it rains at least 3 or maybe 5 times a year then you may not understand, in the northern deserts we get snow, but rain is rare, the tires on the ground are always being worn, as a tire should, the spare isnt, the top and upper side of the spare after just a few months of burning heat and sun get a glazed look and the rubber begins to get brittle, it isnt dry rot, it doesnt crack, it glazes. The only way to prevent it is to periodically turn the tire on the carrier, if your running anything much larger than a 33" or 35" that can be a chore, the other option is to cover it, the problem is its very difficult to find covers above 31".
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:04 PM   #36
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I'd only think about covering it if I didn't include it in the tire rotation, and it was going to stay back there for years... I do think it looks better without the cover.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #37
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Only reason I can think of is to prevent dry rot...
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:34 AM   #38
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Came with the jeep from the P.O. Looks crappy, but keeps the spare from getting sun-damaged. And I don't give a rat's posterior about how uncool it looks.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:02 AM   #39
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Does mud count as a cover?
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:25 AM   #40
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No need when u got a mean lookin super swamped on the back
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #41
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I took it off the second I purchased the Jeep. Something keeps dripping onto the rear bumper though and leaving marks. Haha...
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:10 AM   #42
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Nope. Last time I used a cover it became a home to spiders. Lots of spiders.
Good enough reason for me not to get one...
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:32 AM   #43
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FYI - has a ton of tire covers for sale and very reasonably priced. You can get pretty much any size of cover you need for whatever tires you are running. They also make custom tire covers from any photo that you give them.
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:38 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by PecosRiver View Post
Nope. Last time I used a cover it became a home to spiders. Lots of spiders.
Wasps too! I was stung multiple times last year hooking up the car trailer I posted in page 1. I leaned against the tire cover and them bastages came boiling out. Good thing I'm not allergic. I moved the spare to the side.
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:19 PM   #45
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I had to wear out a set of tires and use one of those as a spare before it would fit. Its the biggest tire cover I could find three years ago.

I live to ski and my cover works for me.

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Old 09-28-2014, 01:41 PM   #46
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I added one to mine, the rim on the spare from th PO was rusted through and wouldn't hold air. The replacement rim I found on CL doesn't match what I have and it bugged me. All black cover matches my tops. It looks much better now
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:57 PM   #47
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I put one on to protect the rubber from the elements since it is stationary (no scientific reasoning it just makes sense to me). Mine goes between the spacers and the tire so the cover is less likely to be stolen and thieves have to slide it up to see if its a good tire/wheel combo worth stealing or a cheap tire /wheel only suited for getting to the tire shop.
I do prefer the look of the naked spare and now that someone had to bring spiders into the conversation I may be converting back!
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:23 PM   #48
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My old cherokee had a spare tire cover that became home to a large amount off pissed of wasps. I decided to forego the cover on my wrangler and save myself the stings when I need to use my spare.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #49
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My spare resides in the garage unless I'm going off-road (haven't bought a carrier for an oversized tire) so it doesn't need a cover.
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:17 PM   #50
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Yes. Hot South Florida sun would eat it up if uncovered.
How is a spare any different than the other 4 tires on your jeep? Do you keep covers on them all ?
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:31 PM   #51
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I use it like a flag. My 9 year old picked out a Jolly Rodger pirate flag last time.
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:21 PM   #52
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ive had my jeep for almost 4 months now and havent baught a tire cover. I am thinking about getting one though in the future but since winter is on the way soon its going in the garage and im putting a vent plate :P
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:20 PM   #53
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I refuse to use spare tire covers after a hobo spider jumped out at me whe. Taking one off
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:32 PM   #54
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I fail to understand why people cover one tire and not the other four when parked, if solar UV radiation is such an issue. Rotating all five tires also prevents problems.

They also collect water when it rains, dirt the rest of the time, and are a minor pain when some low IQ denizen decides they need it more than you do.

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