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?