Spare Tire carrier, mounted on the inside?
Well, living in a city that refused to fix pot holes it took just two years for the 34' tire on the factory tire carrier to make the factory hinges sag and the welds start to pop (btw: the factory tail gate hinges are only rated to 50lbs)
So I replaced them with a SWAG Offroad drop down tail gate, now the question was where to mount the spare? The cheapest after market tire carrier, up here in canada runs around $700 with a bumper system your looking at $1400+. So after toying with the idea of a Gen-right carrier I decided to make my own, but carry the spare Inside.
This requries the removal of the rear seats, but since I took those out 2 day after buying the Jeep that isn't an issue for me.
Made up a bracket at work out of 3/8" thick flat bar, 6" wide 32" long, laser cut a slot in the center and a bolt hole pattern at one end. Using six 1/2" grade 8 bolts I mounted it to the tub behind the drivers seat (see photo) using fender washers on the outside, I drilled 1" holes on the inner fender well to make it faster to do up the bolts, I didn't feel like taking the inner well off.
Then using some 5/8" redie rod and a alloy plate I mounted the tire using the center slot in the plate. the slot is 6" long so you can use it on tires ranging from 30" to 37" tall. I still have full access to the tiny storage compartment in hte back, the rear ward view is not affected at all, and the weight of the tire is on the drivers side so it some what counters the weight of the gas tank.
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Last edited by Iron; 03-21-2011 at 07:38 PM.