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post #1 of 13 Old 12-30-2015, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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wheeling with a spare tire

I finally got around to getting a spare tire put on my jeep with the use of a crawler conceptz body mounted carrier, and the first time out I ripped the tire off the carrier on a steep climb. actually more of a trench that we crossed. I have crossed this same obstacle 15-20 times and never thought about it being a problem with the carrier on. so now that I got it fixed (Thanks to Shad at Crawler Conceptz for the great service)I am worried as hell about hitting it again and doing the same thing. so my question is what do yall do with your spares? leave it on and avoid obstacles that would cause it to hit? leave it at home? take it off and leave it in the back of the jeep?
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This was the same place that I hit it on, little did I realize this spot was steep enough that it drags the bumper also, so I know I shouldn't have tried it with the carrier but I don't want to limit my wheeling because of my spare. Name:  ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1451520692.939847.jpg
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I have the tire mounted as high as it can go on the carrier with out drilling new holes.
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Stays flat in the cargo area, or angled or upright in the rear depending on how I'm carrying my gear.

with a 4 door you cant afford to have the length of a spare hanging off the back. Has been in the cab since the day I got the Jeep.

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I run a drop hitch upside-down in the receiver. It carries the weight of the tire (taking the weight off the stock hinges and eliminating the rattle) and protects the tire against exactly what you described.

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Stays flat in the cargo area, or angled or upright in the rear depending on how I'm carrying my gear.

with a 4 door you cant afford to have the length of a spare hanging off the back. Has been in the cab since the day I got the Jeep.
^X2 in the biggest way. I had rubbed carrying a 35" spare on an MBRP el cheapo raised bracket-mounted STT before so once I went to 37" , the full size 5th one's deflated and lashed down flat if entire backseat is flat or I can just get it in a nearly vertical ,jimmied position ,lashed to the sports bar and under seat brackets w/ ratchet straps using the "60" part laid-down on the 4 door 40/60 split


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I made a stinger out of 2" x1/4 square tube. Its held up the whole ass end of the Jeep a couple times.
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Stays flat in the cargo area, or angled or upright in the rear depending on how I'm carrying my gear.



with a 4 door you cant afford to have the length of a spare hanging off the back. Has been in the cab since the day I got the Jeep.

This. I built a a table that pivots on 1/2" rod ends to keep the spare held down and to put my gear/fridge on. A 40" tire fits perfectly in the back of a 4 door.
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This. I built a a table that pivots on 1/2" rod ends to keep the spare held down and to put my gear/fridge on. A 40" tire fits perfectly in the back of a 4 door.
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Literally JUST had a phone conversation about making something like this for my 2 door that latches into the rear seat brackets for ease of removal if I want to put the back seat back in.
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i run the MC rear bumper/tire carrier that has an angled plate that the bulk of the weight of the spare sits on. i like the design for several reasons and felt i have avoided what happened to you a few times:



i like the idea of throwing the spare in the cab, but space is so crucial and my wheeling trips often involve camping. i dunno, if i had to do it all over again i may consider it, but i haven't ripped my spare off yet so until then, off i go.

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I made a stinger out of 2" x1/4 square tube. Its held up the whole ass end of the Jeep a couple times.

I like it! Best idea I have seen so far lol
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Also... air down your spare when wheeling. It will give you a little more leeway when dropping off ledges and climbing !

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I have a piece of 2x2 square stock in my receiver that is the same length as my tire sticks out. Work great coming down stuff. Only time its an issue is if I am backing up on a steep incline but that can be probably be solved if you did something like Robnoxious1


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This was on my Jeep when I got it. I've used an upside down drop hitch to protect it and for a step to get to the rack that I removed and use 3 or 4 times a year.


I would like to take this off and use it 3 or 4 times a year also, for long multi day trips.
I tried to remove it recently and a had to pound the upper bolt out with a bfh. Never got the lower out because at the time the stock bumper was in the way.
Now that I have more access with this bumper I plan to remove it and put the spare inside.

This thread is giving me ideas...
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