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Old 04-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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Angry What the $%^&!!, does this happen alot

I took my spare tire cover off today(dont know why). In doing so I found that my rim was spotted with corosion, and the tire near the edges of the tread have started to rot. Is this what a cover normally does! I thought it was there for protection! Now i need to DA my rim and reshoot it. Or could this be the works of the evil stealership. I purchased my baby at the end of the summer last year, could the dealership just of covered my bad wheel knowing all the while. This is the same dealership that under the asumption of my warrenty charged me $300 for topping off my trans fluid, and changing the tensioner pulley(which didn't fix my problem). Argghh!! Oh this is an "05 Rubi unlimited. Has this happened to anyone elses tire?

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Old 04-13-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Tire cover, who uses a tire cover?

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Old 04-13-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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I use a tire cover on my 04 Sahara and recently had it off to check air. I can see no problem with either tire or alloy rim. Mine still looks brand new.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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Tire cover, who uses a tire cover?
I second that. If the entire tire and rim are completely ruined you could take off the hardware that mounts the spare and wheel with it off, which i think looks cool, or repair/replace. But dont use a tire cover, I mean come on.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:23 PM   #5
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I had 2 of my rims on my 02 Sahara replaced under warranty for corrosion. The spare was one of them and I didn't even have a cover on it. Mine were the Canyon rims. If it is still under warranty, I would hit them up.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:31 PM   #6
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I rotate my spare in about every 5000 miles to make sure I'm getting even wear and to prevent things like that from happening.

That and when I get different tires I dont want to be stuck with a spare that is perfect but doesnt match cause I switched to something else.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:36 PM   #7
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The tire cover is to provide UV protection to the tire so it doesn't dry rot. usually the spare is on for the life of the vehicle.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:59 PM   #8
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As TeeJay said, you should rotate in your spare every time you rotate your tires. Uneven tires (if you have to slap on a never-used spare with a well-used "normal" tire) WILL cause differential issues over time.
Also, having a cover on and not removing it to clean it from time to time just isn't a good idea- just because it's covered doesn't mean it's going to stay clean and dry- Mark W.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:18 PM   #9
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I second that. If the entire tire and rim are completely ruined you could take off the hardware that mounts the spare and wheel with it off, which i think looks cool, or repair/replace. But dont use a tire cover, I mean come on.
Agreed, its just something else to maintain. Tire covers are just bling.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:06 PM   #10
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I wouldn't doubt for a second that the dealership may have just covered it up. A $30 tire cover is far cheaper than replacing a complete spare. And depending on what tire cover you have on there, it may have actually been the cause of the corrosion. Water may have gotten stuck in there and instead of the sun just drying it up or it dripping off on its own, the cover may have held the water up against the wheel. Bottom line, I'd remove the cover regardless. They look wonderful without. Or better yet, take off the whole spare and hardware and rather than wasting your money on filling the holes, just plug them up with plastic plugs from your local auto parts store. It'll finish it off cleanly and it's a noticeable "mod".
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Agreed, its just something else to maintain. Tire covers are just bling.
I think a nice shiny spare is more bling than a cover. But good bling. Not like chrome duct tape bling.
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I use a tire cover mostly to hide the fact I am to cheap to buy a matching tire and wheel But then again my spare looks like new and does not have any mildew or rot going on and the rim is just dusty but no corrosion.
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I think a nice shiny spare is more bling than a cover. But good bling. Not like chrome duct tape bling.
Yes, bling isn't always shiny. Its often just useless crap that is just for looks.
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I have the original on my jeep, that is the reason for the cover. The spare does not match the tires. Down the road when I get my 31's I will buy five and another rim to match.
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:38 PM   #15
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of course they pulled a fast one on you. They knew it was there, those bastards!you should go there and woop some ass!
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:55 PM   #16
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thanks for all the responses guys! I was just mostly venting earlier, after further inspection only the outside of the tire where contact with the foam on the inside of the cover was there a little rot. I think on my next rotation ill rotate it in and the rot will wear off after a few days. Mostly its the rim and ill DA and reshoot all the wheels at the same time(scratched them up while stuck in some mud). As for the cover I left it on because I have one of the limited sahara editions. But no more its off.
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I run a cover basically because my spare rim is the factory steel rim and I have aftermarket aluminium rims on the Jeep. Also my wife painted a super cool design on the cover...



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Old 04-14-2009, 12:51 PM   #18
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had a tire cover on mine since 99.. finally took it off about 2 months ago, only problem to my rim was that the ex rear-ended me in her jeep.. sorta scratched it
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they dont make tire covers for my size tire...
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they dont make tire covers for my size tire...
33x12.5 Sure they do!!!!!!
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sshhh... im to manly for those
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sshhh... im to manly for those
Just put something manly on it like butterflies or something

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