1) I have had matching rims/tires as "spares" in other SUVs (both Range Rovers) and my '98 ZJ. The spare was located inside the ZJ, now it didn't do much good when I lifted the Jeep 9" and had 35s but I had a matching 5th rim from the factory. so, it is possible and does happen.
2) I was hoping to find a matching 5th rim/tire in the compartment of my Wk2. This way if I had a flat I could simply switch out the blown tire until I was ready to buy two new tires - you wanna replace in sets and still have a set of matching rims.
3) The current spare tire, regardless of rim, is not the same size as the road tires, whether 18" or 20". So, it won't do anyone any good for a prolonged period of time. If Chrysler/Jeep didn't want to increase the cost by add a matching 5th rim - fine, I understand that. However, I would at least like the same sized tire OD.
From JayB's posting it looks like a larger OD tire will fit in the compartment with removing the bins. I worry about the tire width though for members you are going up a size or two from the stock 10.43" width...
To the member who said WK2 owners are whining... I don't think we are whining. I think we are questioning some decisions made by Chrysler/Jeep. It would be nice if 1) the rim and tire OD matched and 2) the compartment was a touch bigger. Sure, we can fit a larger tire in but we have to remove the bins - a feature most of us liked when researching and ultimately choosing the Wk2.
To the member who asked where to get a 5th rim, go to trade motion and you and find the factory rims, about 25-30% cheaper than from Mopar.
To the member who said a spare is a spare, get a Wrangler if you want a 5th wheel... what does that even mean? I don't have to be in the woods 4wheelin in order to get a flat. It could happen in my neighborhood on the way to work or on the interstate heading to the beach. If I am rolling with my family to the beach and I get a flat I'd like to be able to install the "spare" and not worry about replacing the tire until I returned home. This speaks more to an issue of the size of tire supplied and not to the rim it is mounted on.
Personally, it won't matter to me in a few weeks as I will be installing a 2.5" lift & 33" tires. A 33" wont fit in the compartment, regardless of the rim, and the 245/60 tire that is in there now won't do me a lick of good should something happen. So, I will just have more storage space - I think it will be a good place for beer
just my $0.02, ok... more like $1.