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post #1 of 5 Old 10-14-2011, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Under-carriage spare tire security

I'm new to this, but I need some answers - hope you can help. Direct me otherwise if I'm not in the right place. I am on my fourth spare tire my Jeep Grand Cherokee. First, I am told that I have a warning system if the air in the spare gets low. True? If so, why didn't it tell me when the spare was missing?

Second, I know I live in a sophisticated crime city - Chicago - but are there any realistic solutions besides abandoning the under-carriage system and living with a spare in my storage area? I have ceased replacing the spare with an alloy wheel, but last week they stole the steel rim and tire - and the rear tires were even backed up to the concrete curb in the parking lot!

We have tried the cable/lock idea without any luck. The dealer says to get a Harley-Davidson rubber-covered chain with a lock, but I was told that there are sawsalls out there that are now cordless making that futile, too.


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post #2 of 5 Old 10-14-2011, 02:47 PM
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how does the tire attach to the bottom? is it just a large bolt with a wingnut like thing? if so drill a hole in the bolt part after the wing nut or whatever and put a lock on their. your probably better off using a lock like this its what they use in storage units dont know how it holds up to sawzalls though. Maybe keep it on your roof locked up, its much easier to spot someone stealing a tire if its on the roof. or you can just keep it inside your jeep, but i would worry about people smashing windows to get it. Weird that its kept under the jeep, I know on my friends 94ZJ its kept inside, and on my 04Wj its kept inside the jeep too.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-14-2011, 04:47 PM
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yeah all zjs and wjs came with the spares inside the rear cargo area. idk about the wks tho. what year is your Jeep? and sorry man thats messed up. i am very thankful for where i live. give us some info and we will do our best to get you an answer

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-17-2014, 04:30 AM
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I have the same problem. I live in Chicago as well but luckily this is my first time having it stolen. I have an 05 grand Cherokee. The tire is secured with a wench which is apparently useless. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-17-2014, 04:44 AM
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The TPS (Tire Pressure Sensor) on the tires only work at a certain proximity to the receiver.

One option is moving out of Chicago..lol j/k. Other than keeping it in your trunk, I don't know what other options. I bet if they see that there they will break the window and get it out. Another is getting a roof rack and have a lockable tire carrier there..but I can see that whole rack getting stolen as well. There isn't much you can do from what I can think of right now other than just keeping the spare at home and hope you won't need it. :\
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