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Old 06-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Adding tire carrier to my bumper.

So I want to build a tire carrier for my spare, what tickness should the steel be? I'm just tired of having the spare tire seat on the back of my jeep taking most of the space. I would go out and buy one, but I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment and it seems like something fun.I found some 2x3x20' 1/8 thick rectangular tubing at a local steel yard for $53 or 3/16 for $73. Would 1/8 be ok to hold a 35" tire and alloy wheel? Its going to be 2x3 all around. Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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1/8 is pretty thin, especially for a 35. For most of the builds I do on all my fabrications I use at least 3/16 steel. I've made quite a few tire carriers for friends jeeps and I've had good luck with 2x2 square tubing, like what you would make hitch receivers out of. Just my opinion but spend the extra money and get good steel for your build

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Old 06-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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if you brace and weld it right 1/8" probably would work OK. but it would end up just as heavy and expensive as if you were using 3/16", because you would need more material to make up the strength, and more time consuming. Id use the 3/16", then it doesn't look as bulky and its plenty strong.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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I ended up buying 2x2 3/16 thick. It was only a few bucks more and it looks more better. Thabks for the input.
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Glad to help. Be sure to post pics!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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Ok, so this is what it looks like. Its not perfect, but I can stand and swing with the tire carrier with the tire attached.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:42 AM   #7
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looks good! what did you use for a pivot? you almost have room behind the tire for a few fuel cans too
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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For the spindle I used this Swing Away Tire Carrier Spindle and Latch Kit Jeep Off Road Rock Crawler | eBay
I will add a jerry can holder on the driver side when I get more time. Thanks.

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