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Old 12-23-2015, 04:59 AM
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Just purchased a Wrangler and wondering whether to leave the tire cover on, or not. Have heard pros and cons for the use of tire covers. Thoughts?

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Old 12-23-2015, 05:19 AM   #2
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[QUOTE="BlackBear78;23131337"]Just purchased a Wrangler and wondering whether to leave the tire cover on, or not. Have heard pros and cons for the use of tire covers. Thoughts?[/ Previous jeep I had one for a while but the darn bees kept building nests in it. Current one I will not. 5 tire rotation, backup camera in future. It's a personal preference.

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I'd buy one....what's the cons? Not spending 70.00? It's kind of a no brainier.
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I read some posts on this - general feedback (con) is that moisture tends to build up and create more problems than not - that said, the Mopar molded cover in gloss black is pretty sweet.

I personally would not roll advertising a dealer name - and given i now have a spare mount back-up cam, no cover for me
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on will save your spare tire from weather and sun.
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I have mine on for the winter to keep the slush and salt off the spare.
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I eliminate the problem entirely on each and every one of my vehicles. I remove the tire from it's external vehicle mount and either store it in the cargo area of the vehicle or bring it into the basement. I've drove tens of thousands of miles on many vehicles and have never had a flat. But if I go on a long trip or serious off-road (which I don't), I'll keep the tire in the vehicle. Otherwise, I keep it in the basement. The tire cover which came with my TJ was all molded from moisture. When I get the anti-theft tire lock key from the dealer (which he forgot to give), I'll take the tire off and bring it into the basement. Will clean the mold from the tire cover and put it back on the tire. If you store the tire in the vehicle, keep the cover on so you can stack items on top the tire and keep them from getting dirty or tire rubber smell.
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I eliminate the problem entirely on each and every one of my vehicles. I remove the tire from it's external vehicle mount and either store it in the cargo area of the vehicle or bring it into the basement. I've drove tens of thousands of miles on many vehicles and have never had a flat. But if I go on a long trip or serious off-road (which I don't), I'll keep the tire in the vehicle. Otherwise, I keep it in the basement. The tire cover which came with my TJ was all molded from moisture. When I get the anti-theft tire lock key from the dealer (which he forgot to give), I'll take the tire off and bring it into the basement. Will clean the mold from the tire cover and put it back on the tire. If you store the tire in the vehicle, keep the cover on so you can stack items on top the tire and keep them from getting dirty or tire rubber smell.
Wow. My eyes have been opened. The spare tire is unnecessary. Just a hunk of dead weight hanging on my tailgate. I think I'll sell mine!
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I read some posts on this - general feedback (con) is that moisture tends to build up and create more problems than not - that said, the Mopar molded cover in gloss black is pretty sweet.

I personally would not roll advertising a dealer name - and given i now have a spare mount back-up cam, no cover for me
What kind of problems? What general feedback? In this case, moisture is only a problem if it contributes to corrosion? Have you personally seen any evidence of corrosion due to a tire cover being used? Or is this another a friend of friend said.....

Finally who said you have to use a dealer's tire cover?
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Wow. My eyes have been opened. The spare tire is unnecessary. Just a hunk of dead weight hanging on my tailgate. I think I'll sell mine!
I think you are a cheap date Jumby. There is more BS thrown on these forums than you can shake a stick at. There are opinions and there are facts.
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I've had no issues with moisture (I'm either in Texas or the mountains) thus far. Protection from the sun is the main thing here and I rotate all 5 wheels. I had this tire cover made right off the bat and tossed the dealer advertisement cover.

This picture was taken coming down from Pikes Peak.

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What kind of problems? What general feedback? In this case, moisture is only a problem if it contributes to corrosion? Have you personally seen any evidence of corrosion due to a tire cover being used? Or is this another a friend of friend said.....

Finally who said you have to use a dealer's tire cover?
Feedback from owners on forums - I'm a new owner who has looked into options/feedback like you're doing.
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I've had no issues with moisture (I'm either in Texas or the mountains) thus far. Protection from the sun is the main thing here and I rotate all 5 wheels. I had this tire cover made right off the bat and tossed the dealer advertisement cover.

This picture was taken coming down from Pikes Peak.

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I've hiked that peak - awesome pic!
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Cons - easy to steal. I do want to get a blank one and customize it at a print shop, however I can't figure out how to be able to lock it up to prevent theft.
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Ewww no on tire covers.
^X2 Jeep friends don't let Jeep friends drive with tire covers.
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Feedback from owners on forums - I'm a new owner who has looked into options/feedback like you're doing.
I see. Did any of these so-called experts mention the presence of corrosion as a result of using a tire cover? Trust but verify. You still have not said yes or no.

I am not looking into options. I have a tire cover and am very satisfied with it.
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I live in a high theft City and I have the cover to be a deterrent to thieves. Yes, they can still steal my wheel but Crackheads are opportunity driven thieves. When a crackhead walks by and sees the exposed lugnuts staring at them they get ideas. The other upside is I want to keep my Jeep low profile and clean looking, the exposed spare is flashy and has a strong effect on appearance. Many love the look of the spare on the back but I hate it. I wish it was mounted elsewhere but I understand why it's back there.
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Cons - easy to steal. I do want to get a blank one and customize it at a print shop, however I can't figure out how to be able to lock it up to prevent theft.
Thieves are interested in your tire not your tire cover which at best they can sell for a few bucks, less if it's faded.
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I live in a high theft City and I have the cover to be a deterrent to thieves. Yes, they can still steal my wheel but Crackheads are opportunity driven thieves. When a crackhead walks by and sees the exposed lugnuts staring at them they get ideas. The other upside is I want to keep my Jeep low profile and clean looking, the exposed spare is flashy and has a strong effect on appearance. Many love the look of the spare on the back but I hate it. I wish it was mounted elsewhere but I understand why it's back there.
Good point. A further delaying tactic. It can't hurt Chit. A lot of BS in this thread so far.
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I've had no issues with moisture (I'm either in Texas or the mountains) thus far. Protection from the sun is the main thing here and I rotate all 5 wheels. I had this tire cover made right off the bat and tossed the dealer advertisement cover.

This picture was taken coming down from Pikes Peak.

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Tire cover, none for me, but it's a personal preference. However, please, for the love of humanity, NO CHROME anywhere on a Jeep.
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Cons - easy to steal. I do want to get a blank one and customize it at a print shop, however I can't figure out how to be able to lock it up to prevent theft.
I had a local Wrap Shop take my chicken scratch picture and created my design (My WF Avatar pic is a bonus from the shop). They also added a couple of grommets to the bottom where its secured/tied. I've got the grommets zip tied to make it even tighter.

I suppose with thieves you could padlock the grommets - but a padlock only keeps out the honest folks.

Funny JeepGuy - we all have our Druthers when it comes to our Jeeps and how we fix them up....
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I had a local Wrap Shop take my chicken scratch picture and created my design (My WF Avatar pic is a bonus from the shop). They also added a couple of grommets to the bottom where its secured/tied. I've got the grommets zip tied to make it even tighter.

I suppose with thieves you could padlock the grommets - but a padlock only keeps out the honest folks.

Funny JeepGuy - we all have our Druthers when it comes to our Jeeps and how we fix them up....
thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into that.
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I had a local Wrap Shop take my chicken scratch picture and created my design (My WF Avatar pic is a bonus from the shop). They also added a couple of grommets to the bottom where its secured/tied. I've got the grommets zip tied to make it even tighter.

I suppose with thieves you could padlock the grommets - but a padlock only keeps out the honest folks.

Funny JeepGuy - we all have our Druthers when it comes to our Jeeps and how we fix them up....
Yours is fantastic. Well done.
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Thieves are interested in your tire not your tire cover which at best they can sell for a few bucks, less if it's faded.
Your probably correct. I've been very cautious since a local got a spare tire stolen and a few months ago, a member of my local jeep club got his headlights/grill stolen. Thanks for the peace of mind. I'm just sketchy lol.
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Your probably correct. I've been very cautious since a local got a spare tire stolen and a few months ago, a member of my local jeep club got his headlights/grill stolen. Thanks for the peace of mind. I'm just sketchy lol.
Theft resistant lug nuts (McGuard) and a lock cable for additional protection. Time is a thieve's worst enemy. They want in and out. Anything that delays their escape is a deal breaker and they will move on to someone else's vehicle. Folks should not be losing their spare tires to thieves if they take common sense precautions.
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He does excellent work. Tell the spare tire cover naysayers here to go sort their socks. You've made your Jeep your own and it looks great.
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