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Old 02-09-2014, 07:53 AM   #1
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I bought my 2010 Sport from a dealer recently. It was clean, low miles and checked out nice. But, I noticed that it had the 17 inch aluminum wheels with a 16 inch spare that had the standard wheel. At the time I asked the sales slug about it and he said something about that being an option back in 2010. I got a good deal so I figured I would just replace it at sometime in the future. I just wondered what your thoughts are on this? Was it an option to have a 16in spare? Or perhaps the previous owner added the 17 in wheels....or maybe the dealer played some games? Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:00 AM   #2
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DO NOT USE THAT SPARE! You will mess you your rig up if you have two different sizes being run at speed. Find a 17inch take off and replace the spare. Chances are that's what the original owner did, found 4 take offs and put them on. The salesman flat out lied to you, go let him know that not only was never an option but they are selling a vehicle with improper equipment.

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Thanks. Good advice...I thought I smelled a rat.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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The base sport comes with 16" wheels wrapped in 29" tires. The 17/32's are part of the S package. The dealer was misinformed or lying. How long ago was "recently?" If it truly was recent, I would demand a full size spare.
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do not use that spare! You will mess you your rig up if you have two different sizes being run at speed. Find a 17inch take off and replace the spare. Chances are that's what the original owner did, found 4 take offs and put them on. The salesman flat out lied to you, go let him know that not only was never an option but they are selling a vehicle with improper equipment.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:17 AM   #6
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the base sport comes with 16" wheels wrapped in 29" tires. The 17/32's are part of the s package. The dealer was misinformed or lying. How long ago was "recently?" if it truly was recent, i would demand a full size spare.
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You could also contact Jeep with your VIN number and they can send you the original factory build sheet, if it really was an option it would be listed in that section of the build, this would give you more ammo for your fight for the proper size from the dealer. It only takes a day or two if you send the request by email.
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You could also contact Jeep with your VIN number and they can send you the original factory build sheet, if it really was an option it would be listed in that section of the build, this would give you more ammo for your fight for the proper size from the dealer. It only takes a day or two if you send the request by email.
Waste of time in this instance. We already gave him the answer.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:35 AM   #9
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I really appreciate the help. Yep, I will be making a call on the dealer next week.
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Waste of time in this instance. We already gave him the answer.
I disagree. The more information you have when you speak to the dealer the better.
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No JK has ever had a smaller spare as an option. It is extremely likely that this particular one came with the smaller tires from the factory. The build sheet will work against him because the dealer will say that he got a "bonus" of the larger tires. The build sheet will show that he gained something, not lost something.
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Your door jam label will tell you what wheels came on the Jeep. Don't mix them.
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still nice having a build sheet even if just for kicks and giggles. lets him know what gearing it came with and if it has lsd etc. I know for you tho it is a waste of time because you don't believe anything is any good unless you came up with the idea lol.

I agree tho replace the spare with the same size rubber. I guess in an emergency you could air down your other tires too get close to the spare's size oh and drive slow
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Your door jam label will tell you what wheels came on the Jeep. Don't mix them.
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Good chance it was traded in this way. Just a thought.....buying a four year old vehicle, is the dealership "required" to provide a spare at all ?
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DO NOT USE THAT SPARE! You will mess you your rig up if you have two different sizes being run at speed.
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I had an AWD Grand Cherokee and blew a tire on a forest service road. Put on the spare "donut" and limped into town very very slowly. I got about 15km when the differential started on fire and my Jeep burned out on the side of the road. One of the firefighters said he had seen the exact same thing happen before. That was a sad day.
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still nice having a build sheet even if just for kicks and giggles. lets him know what gearing it came with and if it has lsd etc. I know for you tho it is a waste of time because you don't believe anything is any good unless you came up with the idea lol.

I agree tho replace the spare with the same size rubber. I guess in an emergency you could air down your other tires too get close to the spare's size.
Agreed! That's why I said "in this instance". Register at www.jeep.com and you can see the build sheet online.
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The more information the better. It all helps. Much appreciated.

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