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Unread 10-05-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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Wj Spare Tire Well Project

Turning the spare tire well into a non-reactive area to store tools, straps, inverter/battery, etc. bought some industrial "rubberized undercoating" and wire brush/stripping wheel while at the hardware store for a work project today. proceeding to "roughify" the well with the brush and apply the ruuberized spray coating. it says on the can to "deaden noise and prevent rust" which are both plus' as far as i'm concerned. plus when i put in my invertoer or battery in the well, dont have to worry about conductivity. here's a few pics....just stripped away for about an hour with sailor jerry. the wind was like 15-20 off the lake, so i wasn't going to try spraying anything tonite. prob get around to it at the shop tomorrow after i rough it up a little more...







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Unread 10-05-2010, 07:34 PM   #2
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That will be cool! never realized how much space is in there! not to be an idiot here haha, but what are you going to do with the spare tire?
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Unread 10-05-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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well if youve got a roof rack you put your "oversized" spare on top or on a tire carrier. any tire over 28" wont fit.

so why waste the space underneath.

i never thought to rubberize mine.. very good idea. PROPS!!
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Unread 10-05-2010, 07:52 PM   #4
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well if youve got a roof rack you put your "oversized" spare on top or on a tire carrier. any tire over 28" wont fit.

so why waste the space underneath.

i never thought to rubberize mine.. very good idea. PROPS!!
Gotcha, and very true haha
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Unread 10-05-2010, 08:01 PM   #5
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i use mine for storage as well. i plan on makeing dividers to hold my stuff in place and keep it neater.
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Unread 10-05-2010, 08:06 PM   #6
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well if youve got a roof rack you put your "oversized" spare on top or on a tire carrier. any tire over 28" wont fit.

so why waste the space underneath.

i never thought to rubberize mine.. very good idea. PROPS!!
actually i have a 265/75R16 Goodyear TD Wrangler in the spare tire bucket on my WJ. It will fit it is just wide. So the cover sits up a few inches. I have thought about making mine into a dedicated storage anyway but I need to get a spare holder first. I want a Hitch -Gate but can't afford the darn thing.
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Unread 10-05-2010, 09:27 PM   #7
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any tire over 28" wont fit.
My stock tire was 29" Spare 245/70/16 is still there from the factory, and I bet I could fit a 30.5" tire in there no problem.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 05:32 AM   #8
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the 31" i have wont fit, and the 33's io plan on getting def wont. i just figured rubber would be good. wont hear stuff rattlin around, and it looks good and is easy to clean. there's enough room down there to put several unruly kids... i'll get some more pics up as soon as i grind some more. no roof leaks today, so i'll be doin ***** work around the shop. i'll ask boss if i can work on it there today
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actually i have a 265/75R16 Goodyear TD Wrangler in the spare tire bucket on my WJ. It will fit it is just wide. So the cover sits up a few inches. I have thought about making mine into a dedicated storage anyway but I need to get a spare holder first. I want a Hitch -Gate but can't afford the darn thing.
mine'll be on the roof once i get a rack. slightly cheaper
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Unread 10-06-2010, 09:23 AM   #10
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I've thought about doing the same on mine when I go larger tires.

I'll be following this thread.
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My stock tire was 29" Spare 245/70/16 is still there from the factory, and I bet I could fit a 30.5" tire in there no problem.
Mine are 30.5, I will check it out next time I have one of them off. Spare is still stock size for now.
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I tend to be very OCD sometimes, especially when it comes to my jeep. and my sub box just doesnt sit right with the tire cover popped up an inch or so. so IMO any tire larger than stock does not fit!!!!!!!!!!!


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there's enough room down there to put several unruly kids...
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Unread 10-06-2010, 08:00 PM   #13
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finished stripping the well today. got it all cleaned out and ready for tomorrow. workin in the shop again tomorrow, so i'll put a coat or 2 of undercoating; it says 4-6 hrs drying time for each coat. also got new regulator for window today. gonna get those swapped out tomorrow while the coating's drying. on another note, got the forklift out today and flexed out the wj. got about 18-24 inches of clearance at full flex. gonna try again after discos are installed. got a pic w/ my cell phone, but can't put it on my comp. ill post pics of how everything turns out tomorrow
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Unread 10-06-2010, 08:31 PM   #14
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I assumed many of us 4x4 WJ owners with larger tires were using the donut hole (tire space) as storage...
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Unread 10-06-2010, 09:23 PM   #15
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I might do this eventually too but then I would probably have no spare since I plan on getting a rola rack but that will be for luggage and what have you on long trips since my soon to be beast of a dog will be riding in the cargo area. Im also getting a hitch rack for luggage and stuff on long trips. Anyhow, mine currently has a 235/65/r17 in it which is like 29.5 i think... it even has one of the really nice overland rims on it. I am having 30.5 inch tires installed right now (picking it up tomorrow). Would the stock 235/65/r17 spare work if i needed it or is it pointless to even keep it on board?
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