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Old 11-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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body mounted DOM tire carrier

I have started procuring parts for a tire carrier build that I hope works out as well as it does in my head .

I have a couple items in place, or soon to be in place that will make this build possible. Those factors will make their place as we go.
- PSC 'trail gate' tailgate (no more factory hinges)
- 4" flush mount LED tail lights
- Genright full steel corner armor


My design is actually pretty simple. I like the Genright swing-out body mounted carrier, but rather than mounting the tire between the tailgate and carrier, I would prefer to have the tire outboard of the carrier.
To me, that keeps everything as close to the body as possible. Sure there is protection for the tire with tubes on the outside, but there is always a trade-off.

Refer to my CAD drawing below for the basic idea. (not my Jeep)




I put in an order with Barnes4wd for a few of the parts.

I will be using these 1/4" thick link brackets on the passenger side in the stock tailgate hinge location. The plan is to drill out through the body and bolt through to backing plates. If I weld in some 3/16" plate to fill in the voids on the corner armor, I would likely also weld these brackets to the corner armor for double insult.




The driver's side will see these brackets, also 1/4" thick link brackets. They are a little more low profile. They will also be backed with plate on the backside of the tub.




The tire carrier structure will use these DOM/poly bushings at the hinge points.






Again, the design is fairly basic. Two lengths of DOM running from one side to the other....bolted on the passenger side, hitch pin on the driver's side. There will be a couple vertical pieces to tie it together.
The tire carrier will be built off of the upper tube with a few supports and gussets.

I will be taking some final measurements this evening and ordering the DOM tomorrow. Going to use 1.75"od, .120 wall DOM.

I will do the basic fit-up of everything and have the guys in the shop do the pro welding.

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Old 11-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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Should be nice. I see you mentioned corner armor, and that would be the only way i would want to do this myself. Between corner armor of steel of course. And some reinforcement on the backside this will be nice. My father had a swing out carrier like this on his CJ5 that was body mounted to a big corner plate, it had a rack that was mounted around the tire. He could put an elk on that rack. That Jeep had the 10 leaf spring packs tho. So it didnt sag real easy. I have the bestop tire carrier on my TJ, not a fan. I will be changing it around later. Post up some pics when you get rolling. I wonder how well the bushings will hold up? probably ok...

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Old 11-07-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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Just got the DOM ordered, as well as the wheel mounting plate. Ordered from RuffStuff. Good pricing on the DOM....kinda killer on the shipping.

I think the bushings should hold up fine. They are typical poly bushings inside 2", 1/4" wall DOM tubing. It's the same stuff you could suspension links with (not that I would).
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:35 AM   #4
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Material from Barnes4wd came in yesterday. RuffStuff...stuff will be in today.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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Wheel plate from Ruff Stuff came in.
Just waiting on the DOM......and time to actually work on it.


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We have tubing

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:30 PM   #8
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I pulled the factory tail gate in preperation for the PSC trail gate install.

I couldn't help but hold the brackets in place to see what I am working with.
The link brackets fit perfectly height-wise in the blank space of the corner armor where the factory tailgate hinges were. There is maybe a 1/4" void at the upper hinge, but the bottom could not fit better.

The brackets are a hair too long, so they will get trimmed.

I think the backing plate and roll cage tie-in for the upper bracket will be pretty easy. There is much less visibility on the backside of the lower bracket, so it will take a little more work.



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