I picked up my '03 TJ last December, used, but it's got very new Yokohama Geolander A/T-S 30 x 9.5's on stock rims. They've got plenty of tread on them, and they ride well. Here's my dilemma.
My spare is, as far as I can tell, the original Goodyear Wrangler GS-A spare that came with the Jeep. It not only has the original yellow and white wear stripes on it, it has the "porcupine" injector gate sprues on the tire (the little furry things on a brand new tire).
That having been said, this tire has never kissed pavement, but I want to introduce it into the regular tire rotation (as Jerry so wisely suggested).
Here are my concerns:
1) The tire shows distinct impressions on the inner wall from the big, stock rubber stops on the spare tire carrier. Does anyone have any experience with this throwing the balance of the tire off? If so, do I just need to get it re-balanced, or is this tire compromised entirely for just sitting on the carrier for 8 years?
2) Your vote: Keep the spare a spare, and use it only in an emergency or, throw it into the rotation and see what happens?
Thanks in advance. I never thought that owning a Jeep would be this fun, but it's turning out to be my next great adventure.
I picked up my '03 TJ last December, used, but it's got very new Yokohama Geolander A/T-S 30 x 9.5's on stock rims. They've got plenty of tread on them, and they ride well.
Your vote: Keep the spare a spare, and use it only in an emergency or, throw it into the rotation and see what happens?
I vote for option #3: replace this tire with a new one that matches the Yokes on your Jeep, then add it to your usual rotation scheme. Why do I say this? Because if it is the original unused spare, it'll be about 8 years old. As the rubber in old tires begins to dry rot and/or break down from UV rays, the tire can suddenly fail with no warning during use at high speed or in hot temperatures. Some industry experts suggest discarding tires once they are six years old; other think you may be safe until the tires are ten years old.
It's your life, so you decide when it's time to ditch the old rubber. Myself, I like to err on the side of safety.
__________________ Dempsey Bowling
My fleet: 91 Miata, 98 Wrangler Sport, 01 Suburban 8.1L, 14 Impreza, 03 Protege
Jeep mods: 4" longarm + 1" BL, 35" KM2s, 4.56s with dual ARBs... and lots of scratched armor
I tried to trade mine in on a "same-size-spare" ( I run 31's). Mine was just as you describe - still has the stripes, still has the "hairs". It's been on the tailgate since 1999.
The good folks at the tire shop told me it was too old, they couldn't resell it, and that it should be replaced. It was flat at the time, they aired it up ( I had just bought the Jeep). I checked it 2 weeks later, it was down to 20 pounds of air.
Now it's totally flat, and in a pile in the corner of my shop. As far as I can tell, it has never been bolted to anything but the tailgate.
...food for thought...
Also, I now run 5 matching tires, and rotate all 5.
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