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Old 04-04-2011, 12:54 AM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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No, a stock tire and rim will not. I measured that on an Overland at the dealer. The spare is about 2" thinner and it just barely fits in the well vertically.

It's another slightly annoying thing about the new WK2. I'm used to an identical spare in my 1997 JGC - and it sure came in handy when I cut a tire while out four-wheeling. I was deep in the backcountry and had plenty of rock-crawling to do to get home -- so I appreciated the full-size spare and tire.

I think that before I do any serious four-wheeling with my Summit I will need to buy another full-size wheel and put another LTX AT/2 on it. Then I'll keep it in the garage when not going on a backcountry trip.

At the moment, I have an overhead tire mount that fits on my ZJ rails. I use it to make extra room by taking the tire out of the left side of the rear cargo area.

It would be nice to get something similar for the WK2 - then I could stick the real spare on the roof for any long trip that might involve backcountry work. I'm pretty sure my existing tire mount won't work with the new WK2 roof side rails.
This has already been said: get a wrangler then. the wk2 is not a hardcore offroad vehicle. its more of a streetjeep than anything else. if you'll be out ATVing and fear a cut tire, then get a wrangler? maybe even a patch kit. this is getting old...
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:57 AM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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This has already been said: get a wrangler then. the wk2 is not a hardcore offroad vehicle. its more of a streetjeep than anything else. if you'll be out ATVing and fear a cut tire, then get a wrangler? maybe even a patch kit. this is getting old...
K Woah.....

Sorry but I have to disagree lol.

The new WK2 has ENORMOUS offroad capability
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:13 AM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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Jeep Grand Cherokees never have. Dont expect them to either.
My 2010 is a matching spare
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:19 AM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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This has already been said: get a wrangler then. the wk2 is not a hardcore offroad vehicle. its more of a streetjeep than anything else. if you'll be out ATVing and fear a cut tire, then get a wrangler? maybe even a patch kit. this is getting old...
Well, let's start with my ZJ (1997 JGC) ... you'd be quite surprised how capable it is. On the trip I just mentioned, it was the ONLY stock vehicle we saw all day. Everything else had been tricked out somewhat.
We went carefully, but we went through, and in the process we garnered a ton of respect for the JGC that day.

OK - fast forward to 2011 ... fully granting that this is three generations removed ... I think White Choc has the right of it - it's still a very, very capable off-road vehicle.

Will it go everywhere a Wrangler could go? Of course not! But what it WILL do is go several hundred miles to, say, Eastern AZ in much more comfort than a Wrangler could - and then allow me to take some backcountry trails. That's what my current JGC does, and I don't see any reason why the new one shouldn't.

Now... I gotta admit though that for every JGC that's taken to the backcountry, there are probably 20 that never leave the pavement. Because of that, I can see why Jeep had to do what they did with the spare.

The full size spare in my ZJ does sit in the cargo area and takes up a lot of space. I think in the WJ they put it underneath the rear bumper (was it still full size?) but then in the WK they moved it back inside but under the cargo area (White C is that correct?)

As I mentioned, I measured this stuff at the dealer and I have to grudgingly admit that it would be very difficult to make a tray deep enough for a full width spare that could live under the cargo area.

So I grumble but I guess I understand. I'm certainly going to enjoy the extra space in the cargo area!
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:32 AM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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K Woah.....

Sorry but I have to disagree lol.

The new WK2 has ENORMOUS offroad capability
Haha understand. I exaggerated my point, but I'm sort of irritated lol. it seems like the main use of the wk2 is simply for a street vehicle, with the exceptions. I am not doubting the capabilities, just some of the drivers maybe?
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

Wow, plenty of posts from grand cherokee owners with matching spares. This forum is great when you are in need of facts. I knew I wasn't the only one...

Hopefully Jeep decides to add a 5th wheel at least as an option in the future. The benefits of having one have been nicely laid out in this thread.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:51 PM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

OK SO WERE DO WE GET ONE AND HOW MUCH?
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

The option is there. Just ask your dealer to order you a matching wheel and tire. Probably be the same cost as they would tack on to the final price if it was included anyways.
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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The option is there. Just ask your dealer to order you a matching wheel and tire. Probably be the same cost as they would tack on to the final price if it was included anyways.
That is the only solution at this point... but still tough to do when you have already paid for and received an approx. full size spare tire and wheel.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:15 AM
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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Green, I was wondering what more expensive suv makers did for spares. Kind of surprised to hear that about caddy. I guess they all do it. Do any auto makers give out full size spares with matching wheel? Not that it matters but curious....
Hummer always gave you a full size matching spare. Even if you changed the tire types they would change the spare as well. Even a matching wheel.
So sorry they are gone now as I was waiting for the H4.
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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The option is there. Just ask your dealer to order you a matching wheel and tire. Probably be the same cost as they would tack on to the final price if it was included anyways.
So the question is: Where would you carry the full-sized spare? It won't fit in the well.

I have a rooftop tire carrier for my 98 JGC - I wonder if anything like that is made to work with the MoPar or Thule crossbars for the WK2?
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Re: So...Rechargeable Flashlight + Xtra Storage = No Spare Rim?

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It's nice to have a matching spare in case you get a flat in East Cowflop, Wyoming while trying to put on miles. Unless you don't mind doing 80 on unmatched tires. Even in built-up areas it can take a day to get the exact matching tire you need -- no fun while you're out of town on a trip.

Thing is, will a 20" stock tire and rim fit into the Overland's spare tire's well?
The spare, the 18"s and the 20"s are all the same outer diameter...but i'm not sure about the width's.
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