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    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealOne View Post
    Yea, I have no intent to use a cover like that. Maybe vinyl wrap is an option. I don't know how protective something like that would be, though. Maybe @AMac has an idea, as she's done a number of vinyl wrapped pieces.
    I agree with @tbplus10 in that it would be difficult to protect a spare wheel/tire mounted under the vehicle. Using vinyl would be difficult given the contours and breaks within the spokes. You could fabricate a shield of some sort that mounts over the tire?

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    If you could find one of those old stainless steel spare tire protectors used on the old gladiator vans you might be able to make something from that. Not sure if they made them large enough though for your size tire. Just a thought




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    Well, everything has a problem. For instance:

    • If you cover the underside of the tire then water/dirt is trapped above it and can't drain -- which will take its toll, in time.
    • You can't dome the top side simply due to placement/fitment under the truck.
    • If you cover the top side with something that rests immediately over the 'spokes' (a la a piece of cut-to-fit plastic) then water/dirt that comes between the 'spokes' and the cover material withh slowly act as an abraisive and score/scratch your wheels
    • Vinyl wrap has the same issue; if any kind of grit/debris gets under it and is trapped it's going to vibrate over time and act like sand paper under the vinyl.
    • If you bag or encase the wheel and tire then nothing had better be able to get inside; if water gets into a sealed shell then on hot days you'll be growing mold in there, for example.


    I'm beginning to think that simply letting the wheel go unprotected with the 'pretty' side facing up ... is the best plan.

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    #5 is what I was thinking of. Like a spare tire cover above and one from below, hinged with a clasp that would be lockable.just one hole at top and bottom with a tight sealing grommet on eachSeal the two pieces together with a weatherseal type of rubber to eliminate dust and water. Other than that , The back seat.
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    I like this thread! Its a good idea! Here's a thought, maybe paint your wheel with plasti-dip that way your wheel is protected then whenever you want to use it you can just peel the plasti-dip right of!

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    Since your tires sit proud of your rim I would bolt a piece of plexy onto the rim. That will keep the rocks and brush from getting at your rim. The winch cable for the spare tire would go through the center of the rim like normal so no need for a large hole. A few small holes drilled into the plexy could be done for water drainage. Although if the tire is tight to the underside of the bed I am not sure how much water will be there. And if you cut the plexy big enough you could use it to protect the side wall from punture also.

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    I would PlastiDip the wheel for protection and peel it off when you mount it.

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