Originally Posted by bill_de
I believe the tire/wheels on the vehicle are too wide to sit in the well. They don't allow the cover to go all the way down. There was a thread last year where somebody built a raised floor to allow a true full size tire to fit. Considering how often a spare is needed, I just leave the spare that came with the Jeep, check the pressure occasionally, and hope to never put it on the vehicle.
Actually all the stock tires will fit in the well (except the SRT's 295 profile size), it's the wheel that is too wide for it to get the lid to close. That's with the 20" rims though. With mine, I'm able to fit a matching wheel and matching tire, because they aren't so wide and it's a definite benefit and reason why I chose the 17" for functionality. I think the 18" wheels should fit in their too, without the bins of course.
Originally Posted by MDBones
I have a 2014 Overland 4x4 with the 3.6L V6 and 20's... it has a full size spare tire and wheel.
What I didn't realize until recently is that while mine came with Goodyear Fortera's, the spare is a Khumo Solus. I don't ever recall having a vehicle where the brand of the full size spare didn't match what was on the vehicle.
Again, why would Jeep feel the need to give us a matching (more expensive) Fortera tire as a spare, when most people will never even look to see the Kumho is a different size and brand because they never have to use the spare?
If you guys are so worried about it, like I said, go buy another matching wheel and tire to ease your woes. Then you'll have to figure out a way around spare well fitment, but it's easily doable.
I remember seeing someone flip their 20" over in the well, so the face of it was pointing up and they created an extended thread section for the screw to keep it secured. Worth investigating. YMMV.