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06-08-2012 09:47 AM
Brnxbomr2 I took it off the second I purchased the Jeep. Something keeps dripping onto the rear bumper though and leaving marks. Haha...
06-08-2012 09:25 AM
mattbju2013 No need when u got a mean lookin super swamped on the back
06-08-2012 09:02 AM
nwatkins Does mud count as a cover?
06-08-2012 08:34 AM
PeteH Came with the jeep from the P.O. Looks crappy, but keeps the spare from getting sun-damaged. And I don't give a rat's posterior about how uncool it looks.
06-07-2012 06:28 PM
dougcampbell Only reason I can think of is to prevent dry rot...
06-07-2012 01:04 PM
Greep I'd only think about covering it if I didn't include it in the tire rotation, and it was going to stay back there for years... I do think it looks better without the cover.
06-07-2012 12:59 PM
O_M_Jeep A tire cover helps with sun cooking the rubber of your spare, if you live in an environment where it rains at least 3 or maybe 5 times a year then you may not understand, in the northern deserts we get snow, but rain is rare, the tires on the ground are always being worn, as a tire should, the spare isnt, the top and upper side of the spare after just a few months of burning heat and sun get a glazed look and the rubber begins to get brittle, it isnt dry rot, it doesnt crack, it glazes. The only way to prevent it is to periodically turn the tire on the carrier, if your running anything much larger than a 33" or 35" that can be a chore, the other option is to cover it, the problem is its very difficult to find covers above 31".
06-07-2012 07:28 AM
Nano The only reasons I could see to use a tire cover is to block the sun & elements. Since the tires on the axles also sit in the sun, though maybe not as much but get more elemental exposier I don't see how a cover would really help. The only way a tire cover would help is if the same spare was used a really long time through the life cycles of multiple sets of axle tires. I don't need to worry about that because I change out the old spare with one of the worn axle tires when they are replaced. The tire carrier could actually keep in grime from offroading and do more damage than protection.
06-07-2012 06:50 AM
Nano I don't see the benefit of a tire cover, but I do see a hassle.

When I had stock tires my Jeep came with a spare tire cover. I had to change flats twice and it only added an extra step at the beginning and end. except for the second time, as I didn't put it back on.

I've since increased my spare tire size by 5+ inches, so the stock cover won't fit, and I don't see the value in spending additional money for no value.

Aside from the pragmatic/logical side, I prefer the look of the spare tire uncovered. Especially the bigger meatier tire that I currently have on the Jeep.
06-06-2012 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by LawMoose
People steal them. For what I don't know they can't me worth much
A few years ago i was at the rec at ku, and, looking out the big windows, i watched a car pull up behind a blazer, a guy got out of the car walked to the blazer and took the tire cover off the back. He got back in his car and drove off. His purpose is a mystery to this day.
06-06-2012 05:21 PM
InvertChaos No cover for me. I do put some 303 on the spare to protect it from the sun though.
06-06-2012 05:04 PM
AV8R The cover was on from the PO. It's nearly toast from years of sun. I'll ditch it when I get my lift and larger tires this summer.

I like the nekkid look better.
06-06-2012 04:38 PM
jeff_in_rc My Jeep did not come with one so it's nakid!
But I think my wife got me one for Fathers Day, time will tell.
06-06-2012 03:19 PM
igf1r 80:20 rule most folks who commented want to see it off, Any comments from the ones who keep it on?
06-06-2012 10:04 AM
wwch99tj Nope I bought the matching spare to show it off not cover it

06-06-2012 09:35 AM
LawMoose People steal them. For what I don't know they can't me worth much
06-06-2012 09:30 AM
hbgirl Mine is nakey. Looks better without, especially after getting new wheels/tires. Sun gets hot here in TX too, but I never think about covering it.
06-06-2012 09:25 AM
igf1r It looks so far the majority do not cover and feel the ware on the tire is good so all look the same. The point is to find out if the tire cover really is needed for a SUV. We now most spare tires for cars are never seen until a flat but in the case of Jeep its a full matching tire and can be swaped without having to fix the flat asap.

Keep posting
06-06-2012 08:57 AM
countrybassist I've just never found the need to cover it.
06-06-2012 07:41 AM
Irieblue I'd rather go uncovered, but parking outside is rough on the tire. On a related note, how big a tire can you go before you need to get a new mount?
06-06-2012 07:36 AM
Originally Posted by MrSig
In South Florida our trail have a lot of mud, sand and water and it make the spare if covered nasty. I don't know what Irieblue is talking about. I have had no cover for many years just like the rest of the guys I wheel with and all 5 of my tires look the same.
Do you park outside?
06-06-2012 05:49 AM
PecosRiver Nope. Last time I used a cover it became a home to spiders. Lots of spiders.
06-06-2012 04:13 AM
joemd60 When I had my Jeep, I found the spare tire cover trapped moisture and dirt. Besides, I find Jeeps look better without them.
06-06-2012 04:09 AM
O_M_Jeep I havent looked too hard, but havent found one to fit a 33", it would be nice to avoid sun damage, but its not a priority
06-06-2012 04:06 AM
MrSig In South Florida our trail have a lot of mud, sand and water and it make the spare if covered nasty. I don't know what Irieblue is talking about. I have had no cover for many years just like the rest of the guys I wheel with and all 5 of my tires look the same.
06-05-2012 07:14 PM
Irieblue Yes. Hot South Florida sun would eat it up if uncovered.
06-05-2012 02:29 PM
cphilip I'm too cheap to buy the only one I really like... the older style Palm Tree Sahara logo one. And that is the only one would match my dark Kahki top too so... I am running naked and its not bothering me at all.
06-05-2012 02:19 PM
TJDave I have never covered the spare tire once I started the progression from stock tires, to 32's, then 33's, and now 35's.

And like IslandTJ, it would cover my third brake light which is also in the center of my spare.

I did however keep my stock cover, and I now use it on my Jeep hauler.

06-05-2012 02:16 PM
Originally Posted by JIMBOX
I use one on my trailer, cause I like the LOGO-

Lol, that is awesome
06-05-2012 01:59 PM
JKralph I think it looks better without a cover. Plus, I'm not really sure why a tire needs to be covered...
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