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Old 03-29-2010, 11:17 PM   #1

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fabricating a swing out tire carrier for my 98 TJ

I built new bumpers for my TJ last month, raised it 2 inches and then put on 4 32" tires with 2k miles on them. I decided to build a swing-out tire carrier for it and add an ice chest carrier on top of it. I purchased the swing out spindle & bearings from Jeep Tubes.com and they arrived Friday. I unbolted the bumper this morning and this shows some of the fabrication work I did today. I removed the bumper, positioned the hole where I wanted the spindle and drilled a pilot hole with a long drill bit through the top and bottom of the bumper. I then used a 1 3/8 "hole hawg" drill to drill the holes for the steel spindle. The spindle is 1 1/4" steel and this gave me room to make certain it is 90 degrees vertical to the bumper. I then tack welded it to double check it and finish welding the spindle. Bumper bottom.
Then I used 2x3x1/4" tubing for the base. I cut it 42" long knowing that I would be shortening it but I wanted to use the "hole hawg" bit to drill thru the 2x3 tubing to get a snug fit on the spindle without having to grind a half circle to butt it to the spindle.

After finish welding the lower arm I then cut a plate for the Jack, drilled 2 holes to bolt it on vertically, welded it in close to the spindle and then cut 2 2x3x1/8 for the outside verticals and a 2x2x3/16 to eventually hold the spare. This is where I left it to go home to dinner and find out I couldn't work on it in the morning because I have to go to a funeral (not mine!)
The last photo is my TJ named "Skittles" silently waiting to get her back bumper on so she won't feel so naked! Also notice the back wheel plastic fender where it is shiny as opposed to the rest of it. I hit it with a heat gun yesterday to test that theory out in bringing the color back and it worked well, but I got tired of holding the heat gun!
So far this has been a fun project and it will be interesting how I finish it out.
Thanks for looking.
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