HOW TO: Display 5 bolts on your full size spare tire

pixeldzn

Full Access Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2005
Messages
67
Reaction score
0
Location
Chicago, IL
Since I like the way my full-size spare looks uncovered as opposed to using a spare tire cover, I keep it glossed and out in the open. What I do not like is how the spare looks with only 3 lug nuts, leaving 2 unsighlty holes. I purchased the Mopar wheel lock set for my Renegade, so I had 4 leftover lug nuts for this project anyhow. Perfect!

Here's a brief tutorial on how I attached them:

I took a trip down to Ace Hardware, because in my area they have the biggest selection of obscure fasteners. I spent about half an hour looking around for what would work best and ended up with the following: two metric size M12 "automotive studs" and two retaining clips that fit the studs. I also have pictured two of the lugnuts I was left with when I installed my wheel locks. I took one of these with me to the store to make sure I was buying the right studs.

You must be registered for see images


I tried installing the parts as I got them from the store, and realized the studs were too long. There is no room behind the spare for them to stick out because the bracket gets in the way. To fix this, I chopped off a bit with a hacksaw. The amount you saw off may be more, less or none depending on how long your studs are.

You must be registered for see images


Next I put the retaining clips on the cut side of the studs.

You must be registered for see images


I placed the bolts in the empty holes of the wheel while dismounted from the bracket on the Jeep.

You must be registered for see images


I then hand tightened the lug nuts over the studs.

You must be registered for see images


To finish up the project, I mounted the tire back on the bracket of my Jeep. When I tightened down the other three lugnuts, I could hear the new studs seating into the retaining clips.

My Renegade's spare looks much better now!

You must be registered for see images
 

dnm45227

New Member
Joined
Dec 18, 2004
Messages
934
Reaction score
0
Location
Midwest
You know that looks good and is a great way to make sure you have an exta couple of lug nuts handy. Never know when you might loose one changing a tire.
 

04RkMtnKJ

Full Access Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2004
Messages
211
Reaction score
0
Location
Sioux City, IA
Great write up. I saw these on ebay quite a while ago.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Spar...ewItemQQcategoryZ36475QQitemZ7990682142QQrdZ1

He is charging $5.95 but i found them in a pack of two at Napa for $.99. I too had extra lug nuts from when I installed my locking lug nuts. I installed them over a year ago and have not had a problem with them coming loose. I love it everytime I see another rear mounted spare with the empty holes I just think how mine looks alot better.
 

warchela

New Member
Joined
Apr 7, 2006
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Location
Palm Springs
Tire Cover should be used

I heard that leaving a spare tire exposed to the sun's UV rays causes the rubber to degrade. If a tire is not being rotated, as on a wheel, the static position can cause the spare 's rubber to degrade significantly
 

grogiefrog

Full Access Member
Joined
Oct 5, 2004
Messages
3,405
Reaction score
1
Location
Near Indy
Re: Tire Cover should be used

warchela said:
I heard that leaving a spare tire exposed to the sun's UV rays causes the rubber to degrade. If a tire is not being rotated, as on a wheel, the static position can cause the spare 's rubber to degrade significantly

I'd agree with that... and I practice five-tire rotations myself.
 

hyde

Moderator
KJ Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2006
Messages
7,347
Reaction score
6
They are back on ebay, i was wondering if $9 was too much for two nuts.
There's gotta be a way to use existing spare lugnuts, maybe a plastic retainer or something similar to what they are selling.. Home depot might have something like that we might be able to use..

You must be registered for see images attach
 

VTNomad

Full Access Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2004
Messages
418
Reaction score
1
Location
Johnson City, TN
hyedipin said:
They are back on ebay, i was wondering if $9 was too much for two nuts.
There's gotta be a way to use existing spare lugnuts, maybe a plastic retainer or something similar to what they are selling.. Home depot might have something like that we might be able to use..

You must be registered for see images attach

I know there's a joke here...somewhere...
 
Top