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DIY: $20 Tire Carrier Inside Your Cargo Area

I decided to fab up a tire carrier that uses the stock hard top bolts. I had a more complex design planned but decided to try to keep it simple. It did require some cutting and welding. I spent about $10 in steel materials and $10 in (3) grade 8 1/2"-20 bolts, cutting wheels, paint, misc. So for about $20 it's worked so far....i haven't painted it yet since I'm testing it for a while to see if any of my poor welds fail I wish I had better skills and tools at cutting and lining things up but it's a work in progress and maybe i'll build a better one after this one....











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Don't see why that shouldn't get that job done. Does it smell like rubber all the time? lol

A little gusset to keep the tire from actually bouncing against that would be nice. But not sure how you could get that done w/o any holes. May not want to move all that much however.

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Hey, I kinda like that. Good idea, gunn have to look into that. Only 3 of us at home now, might work out good. Thanks for posting.
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here are some more pics after I painted it and added a plastic "ammo" box:





added a strap i had laying around, probably overkill but why not? plus i may need the strap for other purposes so it's "stored":

^attached to factory cargo tie down

^attached to folding seat mechanism



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That strap is not overkill in the least. In the event of a roll-over (although the idea and execution of the bracket is very nice)..... there would be no way I would trust only two factory bolts & fasteners to keep that thing from breaking loose and becoming a serious hazard.

Along with the strap, that bracket is a great idea.
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I think it looks great as well! Good call on the strap.

Is that a 35" tall tire?
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I think it looks great as well! Good call on the strap.

Is that a 35" tall tire?
thanks, yes its a 35"



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That strap is not overkill in the least. In the event of a roll-over (although the idea and execution of the bracket is very nice)..... there would be no way I would trust only two factory bolts & fasteners to keep that thing from breaking loose and becoming a serious hazard.
Same for a road crash...
Getting hit in the back with a 100lbs tire is probably not very healthy...
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That looks great man! Good call on the strap though, it definitely will not hurt anything. I may look at doing something like this for my JK.


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Nice mod, reminds me of my old Cherokee. Good work!

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looks more like an olive drab dry box than an ammo box. i like it!!!!


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would it not be better if it was mounted on the opposite side? that is if you dont have the subwoofer. for better weight distribution for when only driver is in the jeep?

not a bad idea and i like that it could be attached as well for a hardtop but i dont like loosing the seat. i mean if you dont need it then no problem.
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Sweet idea!

I'm trying to come up with an idea to mount my spare inside without having to fold my seats down...


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A BFG KM2 will lay flat on the floor and can be strapped down. Leaves room n the side for first aid bag, small air compressor, tool bag and recovery bag. Chairs lay across the top. I made my own net to cover everything once it is packed.

I looked at mounting the tire in the same manner as done by the OP but did not want to run with the rear seat partially folded down. I keep the Hi-Lift, shovel, and ax under the rear seats and that does not work with the seat folded down.

Excellent mod if you don't mind the seat down. Another bar dropped down to the seat mount would stabilize the mounting bracket and eliminate the need for the strap. If you do use a strap, get a big heavy duty ratchet strap that you can use to remount a tire on your rim. Two birds, one stone.....

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A BFG KM2 will lay flat on the floor and can be strapped down. Leaves room n the side for first aid bag, small air compressor, tool bag and recovery bag. Chairs lay across the top. I made my own net to cover everything once it is packed.

I looked at mounting the tire in the same manner as done by the OP but did not want to run with the rear seat partially folded down. I keep the Hi-Lift, shovel, and ax under the rear seats and that does not work with the seat folded down.

Excellent mod if you don't mind the seat down. Another bar dropped down to the seat mount would stabilize the mounting bracket and eliminate the need for the strap. If you do use a strap, get a big heavy duty ratchet strap that you can use to remount a tire on your rim. Two birds, one stone.....
I happen to have BFG KM2 35x15s and am still wondering if it will fit in the cargo area without folding the seat... What size tire Are you running with this setup? I can tell my tailgate is getting a little pissed off at me for hanging that meat on it!

I admit, I've been a little busy and too lazy to go out and take measurements!


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Now, I see that this is a 4-door- do you think this could be done in my 2-door, with no rear seat? I think that'd be pretty bad-ass. I don't have a hardtop, but I still have the holes- Mark W.

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I happen to have BFG KM2 35x15s and am still wondering if it will fit in the cargo area without folding the seat... What size tire Are you running with this setup? I can tell my tailgate is getting a little pissed off at me for hanging that meat on it!

I admit, I've been a little busy and too lazy to go out and take measurements!

Not a chance of standing it up, but it will fit laying down flat... Unless your KM2's are a lot smaller than my 35" GY MTR/K.

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Not a chance of standing it up, but it will fit laying down flat... Unless your KM2's are a lot smaller than my 35" GY MTR/K.
They measure 34 1/2 new. I'll have to look into that. Wanna move it before the trip to Rausch Creek Friday. I have a feeling my tail gate won't make it thru the day...


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I happen to have BFG KM2 35x15s and am still wondering if it will fit in the cargo area without folding the seat... What size tire Are you running with this setup? I can tell my tailgate is getting a little pissed off at me for hanging that meat on it!

I admit, I've been a little busy and too lazy to go out and take measurements!
I run 35 x 12.5 17 KM 2. Fits snugly behind the upright rear seat and tailgate.

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I run 35 x 12.5 17 KM 2. Fits snugly behind the upright rear seat and tailgate.
I took a few measurements tonight and it's looking like a snug fit.

I guess I know what I'll be doing on Monday....

Now to figure out how to mount a 3rd brake light and get around to ordering a tramp stamp!


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Appreciate it! Helpful info.
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I took a few measurements tonight and it's looking like a snug fit.

I guess I know what I'll be doing on Monday....

Now to figure out how to mount a 3rd brake light and get around to ordering a tramp stamp!
Nick, do you not have your stock 3rd brake light anymore? I think I still have mine somewhere. If you want it and can wait about a month, then you're welcome to it. I'm in AL now, though, and won't be home until the 18th or so of Feb.


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