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Old 03-14-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
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3rd brake light relocation

I have a 35" spare ready to mount on my Jeep (when I bought it it had a factory spare on it, but 35"s on the ground.) I currently have the stock carrier with the 3rd brake light in tact. I plan to go to something like the Barricade rear bumper w/ carrier, but for now I have a few questions:

1. Can I mount the 35 on the stock carrier without breaking anything?

2. I know I have to modify the brake light arm. Does anyone have a "how to" for that?

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:11 AM   #2
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I have read of people mounting a 35 on the stock carrier, although it's not recommended. In my case with the stock rear bumper, the 35 would not fit on the stock carrier.

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:52 AM   #3
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I have a 35" spare mounted on my stock carrier and it fits fine. However, I dont have stock rims. The only issue I still need to address is extending the rubber isolators that are supposed to hold the spare tight against the tailgate. Oh, and you can just barely still see the 3rd brake light peeking above the tire.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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I have a 35" spare ready to mount on my Jeep (when I bought it it had a factory spare on it, but 35"s on the ground.) I currently have the stock carrier with the 3rd brake light in tact. I plan to go to something like the Barricade rear bumper w/ carrier, but for now I have a few questions:

1. Can I mount the 35 on the stock carrier without breaking anything?

2. I know I have to modify the brake light arm. Does anyone have a "how to" for that?

Thanks.
I wouldn't want to leave the big spare on the stock carrier for a long period of time but if you adjust the rubber snubbers to hold it tight, you should be fine for a while.

Here is the Omix-ADA Third Brake Light Relocation Kit that will keep the brake light visible. I'm sure there are write-ups of how to do this without the kit. Let me know if you have any questions or would like a quote!

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Old 03-14-2014, 11:31 AM   #7
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Let me tell you that I did extensive research on this. And I mean extensive.
I have 20" rims and a 35 tire which weigh a ton.
I would highly recommend the Teraflex Hinge and Carrier combo. I know it's a hefty price for both but you can't put a price on piece of mind.
There are 2 things that can go if you don't do this
1. Your carrier will and may fail. Then you're at risk of your tire flying off and doing God knows what kind of damage to someone or something
2. Your factory hinges aren't made to sustain that weight. I read and saw pics from all sorts of places that your spot welds will eventually fail and crack. Not only that, but if you let that gate get away from you upon opening, you can kiss your hinges goodbye.

Keep in mind there are people here that haven't had this happen but there's a whole bunch that it has happened to.
In conclusion when it came down to the liability of having my spare fly off or my hinges becoming toast when the gate swings open, I decided that I would bite the bullet and pay for some piece of mind.
Good luck.
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I wouldn't want to leave the big spare on the stock carrier for a long period of time but if you adjust the rubber snubbers to hold it tight, you should be fine for a while.

Here is the Omix-ADA Third Brake Light Relocation Kit that will keep the brake light visible. I'm sure there are write-ups of how to do this without the kit. Let me know if you have any questions or would like a quote!

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Thanks Ryan. You and I talked about the Barricade rear bumper/carrier and that's still on my short list. I just need a short term solution so I'm not driving around without a spare. I was driving around before this with the factory spare on, which is the same as driving around without a spare.

I guess I'd still need the Omix-ADA kit with the Barricade, wouldn't I?
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I have to agree with GabrlJeep. I am running a 20X10 with 35x13.50 tire on the stock mount. I was able to do this because the backspacing is 4.5. I have been this way since November and noticed that the tailgate rattles a bit. I plan on buying the Teraflex kit but have seen other versions for much less. It is an absolute must if you do not want to fork over big money for a rear bumper/carrier combo.
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kcobean- You're looking at the Delta Waterproof Lug Nut Light. Quadratec has it for $40. #16181.101 You need a sawzall, a steady hand and some flat black spray paint. Take the old light apart, but don't cut the wires. Cut the mount off at the base with the sawzall and grind smooth. Paint so it matches. Follow instructions for the light kit. Simple. Works.
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Got it. Thanks Steve!
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Thanks Ryan. You and I talked about the Barricade rear bumper/carrier and that's still on my short list. I just need a short term solution so I'm not driving around without a spare. I was driving around before this with the factory spare on, which is the same as driving around without a spare.

I guess I'd still need the Omix-ADA kit with the Barricade, wouldn't I?
If you want to keep the factory brake light you'd need something like that extension kit with any carrier you use. If you are looking for a more aftermarket look, the lug nut lights that Steve mentioned work well. I ordered a round LED light and fit it into the center cap of my spare. You have your two wires back there so there are unlimited options for a brake light. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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