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Old 03-03-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Spare tire: cover or no cover?

I happen to think my spare tire/wheel combo is pretty good looking as is. Wondering if there are any covers that would look even better.

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Personally, I feel like if the spare matches the other four wheels then it looks better without.

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Old 03-03-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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After market wheels no cover stock steel wheels need a cover IMO
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after market wheels no cover stock steel wheels need a cover imo
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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Here's what I've got and I love it, even with my nice Apex rims. It'll be gone once the new tires and rims are on though ...partially because it won't fit on a 33

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #8
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Agreed. If the rim matches, show it off. If it doesn't hide it. Course if its 3 sizes smaller then the rest of the tires...theres prolly no helping it
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:33 PM   #9
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Mine came with a cover, so I use it, just to keep the spare protected from the sun.
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Mine came with a cover, so I use it, just to keep the spare protected from the sun.
Hmm, never thought of that. Is that a factor?
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Mine came with a cover, so I use it, just to keep the spare protected from the sun.
Do you have covers on the other 4 to protectt them from the sun.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:04 AM   #12
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This shouldn't even be a post....
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:31 AM   #13
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Personally I don run one, but I have to admit I like the Life is Good tire cover with the Wrangler on it: All Things Jeep - Spare Tire Covers for your Jeep: Life is Good, Camo, military, tie dye, "Jeep Thing" wheel covers + more!
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Covers are out!
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Do you have covers on the other 4 to protectt them from the sun.
The other tires are always rotating so their getting an even distribution of sun the one an the spare is being exposed to a single spot and being cooked on one spot. Ive seen spares where the whole tire is fine but the top is starting to forum cracks from bring dried out, of course i am in New Mexico.... the hot dry heat sucks!
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:25 AM   #16
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The other tires are always rotating so their getting an even distribution of sun the one an the spare is being exposed to a single spot and being cooked on one spot. Ive seen spares where the whole tire is fine but the top is starting to forum cracks from bring dried out, of course i am in New Mexico.... the hot dry heat sucks!
That's what happens, the other tires don't get as much exposure to the sun as an uncovered spare does, it sits back there and cooks all day/year long. so I keep mine covered.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:53 AM   #17
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I have one on my 33 that has my favorite college logo on it. Not for protection or anything just purely because I am a huge fan.
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The other tires are always rotating so their getting an even distribution of sun the one an the spare is being exposed to a single spot and being cooked on one spot. Ive seen spares where the whole tire is fine but the top is starting to forum cracks from bring dried out, of course i am in New Mexico.... the hot dry heat sucks!
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That's what happens, the other tires don't get as much exposure to the sun as an uncovered spare does, it sits back there and cooks all day/year long. so I keep mine covered.
Rotate your spare in with your tire rotation.... problem solved
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Rotate your spare in with your tire rotation.... problem solved
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:21 PM   #20
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Rotate your spare in with your tire rotation.... problem solved
That is what we all should be doing lol
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:49 PM   #21
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I just replaced the dealer OEM cover with one from Amazon for $30. It's insulated with the Jeep logo and made in the U.S.A. The cover helps the spare from getting sun rot out here in AZ.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #22
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So just rotate it.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:26 PM   #23
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should rotate all 5
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:48 PM   #24
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do you guys feel like I could go no cover if the spare tire does not match but the rim does?
Im running 31'' discoverer ATR with black steel d window rims and my spare is a 31" wrangler MTR (not the new Kevlar but the last style before) with matching rim.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:28 AM   #25
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don't know why it matters what others think... my spare is 2" narrower than the rest & has severe sun damage. i'd like to cover it 4 that reason.. those that choose to rotate instead, have the funds to purchase 5 tires at a time to do so. if i find a spare matching rim before i re-tire i would do the same... otherwise,,, it's a 'Buckeyes cover, & i'll paint the top to match the flares....
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No, I meant rotate the tire as in spin it on the tire mount so that the same side is not facing the sun.

But, covered or not, it will dry rot eventually I would imagine.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:39 AM   #27
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You could always spray some protectant on the tire so the sun won't damage it.

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