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Old 08-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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New tires on. replaced spare with bigger tire. doesn't fit on rack in back

Got the new (slightly used) 31x10.5x15 on the jeep today. I had tire place take the best of the old worn out 31x10.5's and put it on the spare (The spare was a 225x75x15). Now to the issue(s)...on the 02 TJ

Those of you who had done this know the spare will not fit on the spare tire rack. It looks like there is a 2 fold issue. One - is the stock bumpers on the tailgate are too thick to allow the tire to fit on the lugs. I am assuming I will run into another issue that the brake light bracket will be in the way too.

I'd like to know what the best fix is. It looks like I could cut down the rubber stops on the tailgate and take a dremmel to the brake light bracket.

Suggestions???

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Old 08-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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Mount it on the carrier backwards and space out the rubber bumpers to rest against the tire that way. Longer bolts and spacers can be made out of just about anything. Wood, hockey pucks, etc.

A fellow club member has his spare on a stock wheel mounted on his carrier backwards on his YJ.

Or replace stock rubber tire bumpers with shorter cut pieces of wood or hockey pucks. I would not cut the stock ones, you may just need them later.

Or an aftermarket spare wheel with different backspacing.

Just some things to try.

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Old 08-24-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Good call on not cutting the stock ones.


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Mount it on the carrier backwards and space out the rubber bumpers to rest against the tire that way. Longer bolts and spacers can be made out of just about anything. Wood, hockey pucks, etc.

A fellow club member has his spare on a stock wheel mounted on his carrier backwards on his YJ.

Or replace stock rubber tire bumpers with shorter cut pieces of wood or hockey pucks. I would not cut the stock ones, you may just need them later.

Or an aftermarket spare wheel with different backspacing.

Just some things to try.
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We found when we put a bigger spare on, you can remove the brake light bracket, place a couple half inch nuts for spacers between the light and the mounting bracket, and then re-use the factory screws. Gives you an inch of lift for the light.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:34 AM   #5
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Looks like I have all the info I need to fix the issue....TY

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We found when we put a bigger spare on, you can remove the brake light bracket, place a couple half inch nuts for spacers between the light and the mounting bracket, and then re-use the factory screws. Gives you an inch of lift for the light.

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