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Old 03-24-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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Hitch mounted spare tire support pics...

All this talk about heavy spare tires tearing up the end gate motivated me to fabricate a solution.

I had three goals in mind when I designed this.

1) Have a threaded, adjustable support that pushed into the bottom of the spare tire. This is made out of a huge bolt with a big washer welded on the end to protect the tire. Nut is 1-1/4 ". I built a custom wrench out of an old metal square. It is very light & plenty strong. It can be seen in one of the pics.

2) I wanted to further protect the end gate in the event I slid off an obstacle & came down forcefully on my spare tire. Which would certainly bend my gate, hinges and possibly the tub. I accomplished this by making a slider out of the main steel piece that slides into the hitch. I angled it upwards to help with departure angles.

3) I wanted to incorporate a large D-Ring. Why so large? The D-Ring also acts as a protector & slider. I welded a 1/4 inch piece of steel on top to prevent the D-Ring from any more upward movement.


Here's a pic of the cut pieces:



Here they are welded together:







Drying in the hot sun in Mommas CRV hitch:





mounted on the Jeep, notice the additional protection the D-Ring offers. It
will not raise any higher than this. It sticks out 2.5" beyond tire.



The final touch was the ratchet strap idea. For a long day on the trail I wanted my tire to be strapped down as well. It would do little good to have it supported only from the bottom on a rough, bumpy trail. The upward force upon the tire when hitting bumps would quite possibly cause damage to the stock spare carrier. The strap keeps everything tight & movement free. I will buy a black one when I get to town.





Here's a pic of the wrench. I just keep it under the seat.


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Great ingenuity, the concept is solid. I like the added protection it will provide in the instance of a forward dropoff. Now let us know how it performs.

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Great ingenuity, the concept is solid. I like the added protection it will provide in the instance of a forward dropoff. Now let us know how it performs.
Thanks. This is actually the second one I have made. The first was incoperated in a can carrier that I fabbed up. I drug it off a pretty big ledge & it worked like a champ.
Heres a link to it.

Thanks for the nice words

DIY Gas Can Carrier
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This is a better pic of the strap

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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I like it! I'm not crazy about the ratchet strap, but I can see it's value on the trail.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:14 PM   #6
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I like it! I'm not crazy about the ratchet strap, but I can see it's value on the trail.
Thanks Bud!

You were one of the first guys to educate me about the ill effects of these heavy tires on the stock carrier. I appreciated your advise then & respect your opinion now.

Ya, as far as the strap goes, I will use it off road only. I bought a black one today so it isn't quite as ugly. I'm certain it will keep the tire from bouncing upward when I hit rocks & bumps while off roading.

Thanks again Sir!
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Is that a straight exhaust setup or something?
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:36 AM   #8
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Is that a straight exhaust setup or something?
Ya, I figured with 4 cataletic converters & the retriction over the rear axle it could stand to breath a bit better. Plus I opened up the intake. That does little good if you don't open up the rear. I lost the muffler & straightpiped it.

Still need to weld a hanger on it but welding thin wall is challenging for me.
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Good job man, that oughta perform awesome. Can't wait to get some free time to build one of my own soon.
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Good job man, that oughta perform awesome. Can't wait to get some free time to build one of my own soon.
Thanks Benjy, I'll get some pics of it in action in Moab next weekend!
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It stood up to the task. Fins didn't offer many chances to drag. Mabey next weekend!!

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Nice dude, Moab looks like fun! Gotta make it out there someday. Ouray first though
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Nice dude, Moab looks like fun! Gotta make it out there someday. Ouray first though
Thanks. Ya, a little more snow to melt in the high country.
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The newer slimmer model





Raised hitch 3.5"...mo better!!



Now I am going to raise the spare the same! More difficult!
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Looking good. Great idea
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I like it ! Hopefully this summer I can get started on my rear bumper....

The only thing I'd like to bring up here is.... The Tire carrier is mounted to the Body, The body and frame are separated by the rubber cushions , the Tire is supported from the frame.
So in cases where you are "flexing" the two could get to working against each other. I don't know how much the body would shift or move on the frame, but if you start having trouble with it, it might be something to look into....
Good Job on the Fabricating, Have fun...... "BH"
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Looking good. Great idea
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I like it ! Hopefully this summer I can get started on my rear bumper....

The only thing I'd like to bring up here is.... The Tire carrier is mounted to the Body, The body and frame are separated by the rubber cushions , the Tire is supported from the frame.
So in cases where you are "flexing" the two could get to working against each other. I don't know how much body would shift or move on the frame, but if you start having trouble with it, it might be something to look into....Good Job on the Fabricating, Have fun...... "BH"
Thanks for the kind words. I drive an F250. You talk about frame twist & flex. I thought about the ill effects of flex & body shifting. I taped up the rear bumper to the body & jacked the jeep off the ground by the axle end & by the corner of the rear bumper. I noticed no movement at all.
I hope this test was good enough. Good, smart point to bring up tho, thanks!!!

got the spare moved inwards & up!! Here's a link:

DIY Spare Tire Lift & Tuck... pics
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Here's with the tire moved up 3 inches & in 2 inches.




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