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35" Spare on Stock Carrier

Anybody have experience with this? I currently have 35s on the ground, but a 33" spare. I have a plan to modify the carrier and use a spacer to get a 35 to fit, but am concerned about the weight on the tailgate. Maybe reinforce the inside of the tailgate with plate steel? Thanks.
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ppl do it, but that's the reason you see all the aftermarket bumpers with tire-carriers. I wouldn't do it -for long- on the stock carrier personally.

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I had my 35" spare on the stock carrier for about 8000 miles with no issues, but I have a finishlinewest rear bumper and carrier on the way. The only thing you will have to keep in mind is your backspacing, but you should be ok!
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Can't recommend you wheel it hard that way. I bent the shit outa my tailgate when I hung on my 33" spare comin off a ledge. After the fact I was surprised it didn't rip the tailgate off entirely (seen that happen too). Issues are that the spare hangs low on the stock carrier compared to aftermarket swings and it's made of cast aluminum so repeated vibration could cause cracking.

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Can't recommend you wheel it hard that way. I bent the shit outa my tailgate when I hung on my 33" spare comin off a ledge. After the fact I was surprised it didn't rip the tailgate off entirely (seen that happen too). Issues are that the spare hangs low on the stock carrier compared to aftermarket swings and it's made of cast aluminum so repeated vibration could cause cracking.
Thanks. Yeah the hangin up part is something to be concerned about. I am sure it would just be a matter of time before it happens.

I think you guys are convincing me to spend the money on a swing out.

Thanks again for the input!!
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been covered here before. I ran a 35 as a spare on the stock mount for 20k miles or so with no issues. I also mounted my tire backwards (face to mount) and it spaced it enough to clear the stock bumper
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Well just bit the bullet and ordered the Mopar rear bumper and swing out. Should work well with the XHD front bumper and Smittybilt winch also on the way!

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Anybody have experience with this? I currently have 35s on the ground, but a 33" spare. I have a plan to modify the carrier and use a spacer to get a 35 to fit, but am concerned about the weight on the tailgate. Maybe reinforce the inside of the tailgate with plate steel? Thanks.

Mine was fine for a long time until I jumped a sand dune ...sort of bent the tailgate up a little. Still worked fine but had a nice loud annoying rattle afterwards.
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Never hung my 35 on anything, yet. Not even close really. If whomever hit a 33" tire, then it doesn't matter what tire was on there it would have hit. I've wheeled mine and had no issues. I also have mine setup to where the plastic rear bumper is helping take the wiggle out of the tire going down the trails. Works fine for now, if they had decent looking rear bumpers/carriers that didn't cost $1500..i'd have one. Outrageous.

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my 35 sits on my stock tire carrier. it's annoying as hell, it was ok for about 3-4k miles but now it just squeaks all the time, it's driving me crazy

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I'm at 48K and I'm just know seeing cracks in the stock carrier. If I don't get a 2010 with half doors I'll get a swing out carrier when I get back from my deployment.
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my 35 sits on my stock tire carrier. it's annoying as hell, it was ok for about 3-4k miles but now it just squeaks all the time, it's driving me crazy
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Well just bit the bullet and ordered the Mopar rear bumper and swing out.
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Never hung my 35 on anything, yet. Not even close really. If whomever hit a 33" tire, then it doesn't matter what tire was on there it would have hit. I've wheeled mine and had no issues. I also have mine setup to where the plastic rear bumper is helping take the wiggle out of the tire going down the trails. Works fine for now, if they had decent looking rear bumpers/carriers that didn't cost $1500..i'd have one. Outrageous.
x2... ran mine for about 12K. the only reason I'm not still running it like that is I got a steal on a rear bumper and tire carrier (craigslist find)

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i have a spare tires spacer if you need it. u will need it to fit the 35 on there

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Here's some info on the carrier......as usual YMMV
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Spare Tire Stowage
To remove the spare tire from the carrier, remove the tire
cover, if equipped, and remove the lug nuts with the lug
wrench turning them counterclockwise.
NOTE: If you have added aftermarket accessories to the
spare tire mounted carrier, it cannot exceed a gross weight
of 50 lbs (23 kg) including the weight of the spare tire.

Stock 245-75r16 Wrangler SR-A with 16" alloy wheels is already 51.4 lbs.


I've not weighed the stock Rubi tire/wheel I'm running now but I know it weighs more than the SR-A.

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Never hung my 35 on anything, yet. Not even close really. If whomever hit a 33" tire, then it doesn't matter what tire was on there it would have hit. I've wheeled mine and had no issues. I also have mine setup to where the plastic rear bumper is helping take the wiggle out of the tire going down the trails. Works fine for now, if they had decent looking rear bumpers/carriers that didn't cost $1500..i'd have one. Outrageous.
Exactly my point

Only reason I'm not running that Rancho POS is I got a steal of a deal on a "defective" SRC for $350. It wasn't THAT defective.

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The Rubi weight is right around 74/75 lbs. sooooo......50 lbs. max?
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The Rubi weight is right around 74/75 lbs. sooooo......50 lbs. max?
Yeah that was kind of my point. Chrysler has already exceeded their max weight limit. How much becomes too much, who knows?

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i've seen 35's, 36's, and 37's mounted on the stock carriers..

if your running stock wheels then you will need spacers, after market wheels from 5"bs and less you wont need a spacer on the carrier..

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I have had a 110lb 35" BFG on WE's for 3 years now, I haven't hung it on anything yet, but it has started to squeak a little. Just need to wait till April to order my rear bumper. Wife promised that I could order it then...

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superman not true cause i had mine and the 35inch tire hit my bumper

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superman not true cause i had mine and the 35inch tire hit my bumper
well then i stand corrected.. thanks.. but i did forget to mention that with the stock rear bumper you might want to take the bumper off if you have 36's or 37's

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what did that run you?
Got the Mopar bumper and swing out from justforjeeps.com for $1131 to my door. Yes it did hurt my feelings!

But hey, it's only money....
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