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Old 12-14-2020, 04:37 AM #1
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Spare tire protection for factory underbody location

I am starting a new thread after looking, finding and posting in an old thread that was under engines/....So, I decided to post here for more relevant exposure.
Just had a new 285/70-17 Wildpeak AT3W on a new TRD Pro wheel installed to have a matching spare and 5 tire rotation. The cost of the tire, wheel, TPMS, mount and balance, tire certificate, ceramic coating my spare wheel and taxes cost me a whopping $580. I know they make a spare tire steel/skid protector, but, I was wondering about just running a spare tire cover underneath. Cut a weep hole or two for moisture and dust and use a padlock to the chain link.
What are your ideas or experiences for this? TIA
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There's also a company that makes a UHMW or HDPE skid for the spare tire. Way less weight, no risk of corrosion, and it's really strong (for a polymer compound). I can't recall the name of the company, but I think I've seen a few plugs for them on this site.
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There's also a company that makes a UHMW or HDPE skid for the spare tire. Way less weight, no risk of corrosion, and it's really strong (for a polymer compound). I can't recall the name of the company, but I think I've seen a few plugs for them on this site.
I did see it several months ago also. Donít remember the name either. They have different colors, but, it was $159.
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I have a 265/70/17 spare and have dragged the hitch a few times off road but there is no sign of scrapes on the spare. I did mount it with the valve stem down to be able to check it and I mounted it with the valve stem forward closer to the diff.
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I have it, the POLYETHYLENE one in black. I like, although I haven't scraped any lately to test its durability.

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ceramic coating my spare wheel
off topic question - your tire shop ceramic coated the wheel for you? or did you apply the same ceramic coating for paint, to the wheel?
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off topic question - your tire shop ceramic coated the wheel for you? or did you apply the same ceramic coating for paint, to the wheel?
The shop ceramic coated the wheel. Not sure if it was the same application as they did for my paint, but the other four wheels I had done when I had my 4Runner coated over 2 years ago are holding up well and clean easy. They also have a nice satin sheen when cleaned. It was $50 to ceramic coat one wheel.
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I have it, the POLYETHYLENE one in black. I like, although I haven't scraped any lately to test its durability.

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Thanks. Looks good. I juxtaposed my numbers for what I recall. It is $195. Worth it if you never plan on a rear hitch or bumper mounted tire.
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I have it, the POLYETHYLENE one in black. I like, although I haven't scraped any lately to test its durability.

Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) (Color: Black, Vehicle: Toyota lug pattern 6x5.5)
That's it! I recall being annoyed because they added the PE to UHMW. It's kind of implied with the material. Also, price is up to $195. What's the thickness of these? UHMW is pretty expensive, so I actually don't think they are making a tremendous profit, unless they are using <0.25" thick material.

Edit: McMaster Carr actually sells 36" square sheets of 1/2" for like $135, 1/4" is ~$75. I think this could be a pretty easy DIY.

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Hmmm. Toyota uses chains now down there?
Been awhile since I have had a new one.

I have a Tacoma X-Runner, and while I was driving, the cable snapped.
Tire dropped on an angle and almost lifted the rear wheels fully off the ground.

Scared me a little.
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Spare skid plate.com

Hey guys! Itís my company. The thickness is 1/2 inch. I make the plates in black, red, white and grey. Yes, the material is supper strong! I have a few skids currently in stock. Hit me up if you have any questions!
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There's also a company that makes a UHMW or HDPE skid for the spare tire. Way less weight, no risk of corrosion, and it's really strong (for a polymer compound). I can't recall the name of the company, but I think I've seen a few plugs for them on this site.
Spareskidplate.com. The UHMW weighs 13lbs at 1/2 inch thickness, whereas an aluminum plate of the same circumference, 1/4 inch thickness is 19 lbs. As you pointed out, UHMW is super strong, doesnít corrode, doesnít fade, and maintains its shape when impacted. We have tested these plates extensively without any issues.
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I have it, the POLYETHYLENE one in black. I like, although I haven't scraped any lately to test its durability.

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Looks good under there!
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Well, this is a must after my 128 mile off road journey last weekend. Had a new 33Ē spare tire cover I put on for the weekend and it got shredded.
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i'm just curious, what are your trying to protect the tire from?
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