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.
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn't."
-- Ben Franklin
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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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.
2013 Unlimited Rubicon - 2.5 Metalcloak - Ripp Supercharger - And Alot of Armor
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.
2013 Wrangler Unlimited
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.
Read this article:
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.