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Old 12-15-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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guys that don't like spare wheel covers

I noticed some people don't like wheel covers, if so how do you protect the tire from the sun etc. They can get in bad shape if left uncovered and also the crooks also have to take more time to try and steal your tire which I might add costs big bucks.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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Why would you need to protect the spare from the sun? Rotate it every 5 to 6k miles. What are you doing to "protect" your other 4 tires from the sun? I don't see a tire cover as a theft deterrent. You can yank one off in a couple seconds.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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I'm not against covers...I had one on my Liberty. But they are kind of useless in preventing theft unless it is a hard, locking cover.

The sun? I never thought of that as much of an issue.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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I always do a 5 tire rotation every other oil change and I never worry about the sun.
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Yup....the minute I did my first (5) tire rotation, I figure the risk of theft when down quite a bit. I don't thieves are after used stock Sahara wheels. Plus I still have wheel locks.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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Yup....the minute I did my first (5) tire rotation, I figure the risk of theft when down quite a bit. I don't thieves are after used stock Sahara wheels. Plus I still have wheel locks.
Is that why nobody tries to steal my spare because it is all wore down
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #7
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I just do it for pure asthetics. I paid too much money for my tire and wheels to cover them up

Actually, I also relocated my plate to my spare, so I can't really cover it up.

Also, if you think spares get stolen, you should see how many covers get stolen.
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Seems like a weird thing to piss you off. But in addition to the obvious reasons stated above, how about the idea of even finding a tire cover for 35s or bigger? Plus I like my tires to have that nice "tan" look.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:03 PM   #9
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I drove my 99 TJ without a cover and my 02 Liberty without one, added wheel locks and did 5 tire rotation never had a problem
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #10
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Is that why nobody tries to steal my spare because it is all wore down
I guess if they have a front end loader they would want it. Now that's a tire.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:51 PM   #11
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how do you protect the tire from the sun
How do your other 4 covers hold up?

Most Jeeps I see with a spare cover are running big tires on the ground and a factory spare on the back.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:55 PM   #12
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I see the possibility of theft of the cover as more of a threat than the tire being snagged itself. I use wheel locks on my spare. As for sun damage, tires are designed to be exposed to the elements. I'd say when you start seeing the sidewall cracking on your spare, it's time to stop being a cheapskate and go out and buy a new tire. You'd probably be safe for about 10-15 years of ownership before that happened, though. Just throw some tire protectant on it and you'll be just fine.
I'd probably consider a cover if they had a really cool lookin one. The standard "Jeep" and "Life's Good" ones are kinda lame IMO.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:08 PM   #13
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No cover on mine either.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #14
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I like the look of my stock wheel as a spare:



But now that I've rotated my tires, the spare is a bit more scruffy looking (which still looks fine to).

I've thought about getting a spare tire cover for winter....but it would be a color matched partial hardshell....mostly because I think it would go well since I have a painted top.


I'm with rich67....I would probably be more worried about someone stealing a nice spare tire cover than someone stealing my spare or worrying about sun damage to the tire.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #15
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My Jeep stay in garage most of the time, so sun is not a problem.

However, I do have a blank black vinyl tire cover which costs only $20, steal that if they want. The reason for that is I was planning to put some custom sticker on it, but I've never got it done.

And I also use wheel lock on the spare, I think that is the least expensive and effective way to protect it from average thieves.
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A bit of a technical article, but a good thing to know:
When a tire is running, the 'carbon black' compounds are activated. This avoid premature dry rot. The UV rays deteriorate the carbon black and on stationary tires, the polymer molecules start breaking down. Thereby, tires that are running do not deteriorate as much as a spare tire that is not running. If you don't include the spare when rotating tires, then using a cover is not a bad idea.
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"It’s not hard to see how ambient heat and road heat can accelerate wear on tires (part of the speed rating system for tires pertains to their ability to tolerate heat at high speeds). Less obvious, though, is the effect of the sun. The rubber compound of tires includes a material known as carbon black, known in the auto and tire industry as a “competitive absorber.” Carbon black gives tires their black appearance, of course, but it also absorbs sunlight at the tire’s surface, dissipating it before it can get to the inner polymers of the tire.
Just as UV rays can fade paint, upholstery, carpeting and dashboards, they also can destroy carbon black molecules. As the carbon black weakens and is degraded, the tires start to look less black and more gray, often developing cracks along their surface. As the heat-and sun-deflecting properties of the carbon black are compromised, UV rays penetrate to the inner layers of the tire.
UV rays also tend to break down the cross-links between polymer molecules within the rubber, making the cross-links more dense and reducing the elasticity of the rubber compound. Tires that are starting to exhibit these problems are then referred to as “dry-rotted,” even though rubber compounds technically cannot rot."
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #17
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First thing I did when I got my Jeep was to take off the cover and tossed it in the trash. It had the dealer name on it. Even if it was blank or had a Jeep logo I would pitch it.
I don't see a cover as any kind of theft protection.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:55 AM   #18
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I like to show off the rocks and mud that are stuck in my matching spare.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:20 AM   #19
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My Jeep is kinda a garage queen and only gets out on days off and hunting trips usually but I found a tire cover I really liked so I snagged one and like it on there. Never considered it a theft deterrant though.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:31 AM   #20
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I am getting one, but just for looks
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:19 AM   #21
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I've run them on every Wrangler I've owned, primarily to keep the MN winter crud off the spare for the most part so everything's not iced up and nasty if you need to use it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:26 AM   #22
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I always thought they were for Barbie Jeeps & trailer queens. Your not protecting the other 4 tires with a cover so why do it for this one? I'd just do the 5 tire rotation & use it like it's meant to be used.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:37 AM   #23
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I use the Aero space 303 on my soft top for uv protection I also spray in my spare tire...
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #24
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My girlfriend wants one. To me, if you have a spare that matches the rest of the wheels I prefer to show it off. In the end it is her daily driver since I am stuck in my truck but I am trying to change her mind.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:20 PM   #25
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I like the spare covers. I'm flying a Jolly Rodger right now on my spare. It just gives a little more customized look to it I think.
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I thought about the sun damge thing. Then I thought about how the other four don't have covers. So I dont worry about it. I have no spare cover. If I see one that has some neat logo or something on it, I may consider one just for that reason. Who knows.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:25 PM   #27
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I don't like the looks of tire covers and don't intend to get one, and I agree with the post saying most are lame, BUT I can see where the top of the spare IS exposed more directly to the sun than any of the mounted tires. It stays in that exact position for thousands of miles too. That said, I rotate my tires about every 4,000 miles to baby my limited slip rear, and I'm not going to worry about the sun because I like the look of the naked Baja MTZ spare.
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After over 20 years of service I thought mine was appropriate.....


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I always do a 5 tire rotation every other oil change and I never worry about the sun.

^^^This
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #30
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After over 20 years of service I thought mine was appropriate.....


Yours is definitely appropriate. Thanks for your service.

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