Spare wheel protection???

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by SurrealOne, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I'm thinking about putting a matching, full-size spare wheel/tire under the truck. I've measured and one will fit. However, I want to protect the wheel and can't seem to locate anything purpose built for this. Any thoughts on protecting the wheel from rock chips, mud, and brush scrapes?

    Surreal
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    I once used a tire cover on a spare under the back of a truck i had 5 matching custom wheels on, turned out to be a bad idea since all the mud, dust, water, and debris got trapped in the cover and made it worse.
    I dont think I've ever seen a product to protect tires under the bed.
  3. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    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.
  4. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member

    I think to avoid the problem tim mentioned, you'd have to have a cover that could cover the entire wheel and the only opening would be where the cable runs through. That seems like it would be the only way to keep the dirt out, but I don't know where you'd find something like that
  5. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    seems like you could do a bunch of clear coats on the rim, the tire wouldnt be protected, but the rim would look kind of weird. dont have any other ideas unfortunitly.

    Al
  6. dpeter

    dpeter New Member

    Would a cheap after market hubcap snap on to your rim. Maybe cut a round disc out of some plastic of some kind and held in place by some means.
  7. LOVINTHESTORM

    LOVINTHESTORM New Member

    Seems like a custom job. I have lots of wierd ideas I think would work but none of the seems cheap or easy. But some kind of hinged enclosue with holes in it for the wheels support cable. I can see it in my head but not sure the most reasonable way to build. Good luck with your search. I know Surreal will find something.
  8. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 New Member

    I know a friend ended up having a custom mount fabricated in the bed for the wheel. idk if thats something you would want to look into or not.
  9. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member

    I actually envisioned the same kind of thing, but I also wasn't sure what the best way to build it would be.
  10. Untouchable

    Untouchable New Member

    Like PMF, that was my first thought. Some type of skid plate with a piano type hinge that you can just lock into place with a hitch lock to keep it from being stolen.
  11. AMac

    AMac New Member

    I agree with [MENTION=14295]tbplus10[/MENTION] 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?
  12. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    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
  13. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    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.
  14. Coach24

    Coach24 New Member

    #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.
  15. ntbush83

    ntbush83 New Member

    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!
  16. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    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.
  17. UpsetProps

    UpsetProps New Member

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

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