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Old 03-31-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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Factory spare mount help

Last week, whilst swinging open my tire carrier/cooler rack, the post it swings on sheered off and the whole dang thing came down to the ground. First thing I thought was thank God this happened in my driveway and not going 60 mph down the highway! This carrier came with my Jeep when I bought it and it must weigh 200 lbs with my tire attached to it. I never liked it and am glad to be rid of it, but my license plate and backup light were attached, so I had to make do for now.

Here's the big piece of junk right here on the ground, followed by what the naked rear looks like now:





Here's my problem. Until I get the nice carrier I want ($$$), I am going to re-install a factory mount on the back using the original holes. I have the armor on the tailgate and although it's just fastened with rivets, I'd rather not remove have to remove it just to find the original mount holes.

I see where they're located in the photo of someone else's below, but does anyone smarter than me (pretty much 99% of you) have an obvious way of locating these holes without the diamond plate coming off? Maybe I could find a volunteer to make a template, scan it and send it to me? Maybe just some simple measurements if the mount is split "even" over that vent doohickey?

Also, how is the original mount fastened? Are there captive nuts on the inside of the tailgate?

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:43 PM   #2
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Wow, A friend of mine had that same thing happen except he was going 60 mph down the hwy during rush hour traffic. He was lucky the guy behind him was able to stop before hitting it. Scary!
And yes there are captive nuts in the tailgate. Easiest way to find where they are would be to use the OEM mount as a template. And I believe there were a couple of large rubber bumpers that go between the mount and the tailgate.

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, Dave. Wow, that would be a hell of a thing to happen! Your buddy was really lucky! Even luckier was the guy behind him!

I'm expecting the factory mount within the next week and will use as a template. But I've got one shot at drilling through that diamond plate and I suppose I just need the vertical measurement provided it's spaced horizontally even over that vent hole.

Just went out to the Jeep and took a closer look. I can barely see one of the captive nuts looking through the vent on the inside of the tailgate. I reckon that'll be enough to use as a reference point. Thanks, Dave.

Any other ideas? I've read a lot of posts where the factory mount doesn't hold up too well? I am back to using my stock Rubicon 245's, but I was thinking if there was a way of beefing this thing up a bit? How about using longer bolts and going clear through to the inside of the tailgate into a backing plate of some sort? Maybe I'm over thinking this. I do plan on getting an Exogate when funds allow. Might be a while though.......
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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I have a factory mount if you need one.. I can take measurements tonight with pics and send them to you if you need.. You can PM me your info and tonight we can talk and we will get you taken care of..

As for the factory holding up well, I had my 33x12.5 on mine for almost a year with no issues.. I just recently moved to a bumper mounted tire carrier so I can add attachments..

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:12 PM   #5
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RDM,

Thanks a lot!!! I appreciate the help, but I have decided to remove the body armor on the tailgate after all. I am suspecting that they may have filled those holes with some bolts before installing the body armor. If so, I would need to get those bolts out first!

Thanks again, I may call on your help at some point though!

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