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Old 09-10-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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33 inch spare tire carrier

Will a 33x12.5 tire with 15x8 rim fit on the stock spare tire carrier on my 2008 jk?

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Old 09-10-2010, 02:17 PM   #2
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I dont know if it will fit but i wouldnt put a 33 inch tire on a stock carrier. I had a little 30x9.5 on my yj and it pushed in the tailgate about an inch or so

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Old 09-10-2010, 02:19 PM   #3
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I wouldn't trust it. Plus the weight will put major pressure on the hinges. I'd never put a 33 on my stock TJ. Look at bestops tire carrier if you don't won't a bumper tire/carrier combo.
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Seems there's a 50/50 opinion on this topic. Some say a 33 is fine and some say it's not. I don't know of the jk is different than the tj but on my tj I had to get a bracket off eBay to raise my spare up to keep it from hitting my bumper.

I've had mine on there for 8-9 months with no problems, but I've been reading a lot of people say it will eventually bend the hinges.

I have been looking for a tire carrier but them darn things aren't cheap!
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It might need a spacer, 35's definitely. If your worried about the weight issue on the gate than it seems you can carry a 33" or 35" tire on the stock carrier without issue unless you do alot/heavy offroad use. This places additional stress on the gate which can lead to damage etc. If you just mall crawl and nothing else than by all means go for it
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The stock tire on a jk is a 32 so I'm not really worried about the extra inch in diameter what I'm concerned about is width...
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The stock tire on a jk is a 32 so I'm not really worried about the extra inch in diameter what I'm concerned about is width...
I have a 18" wheel with a 33" toyo m/t on my stock jk carrier, been that way for almost a year and no problems. I was told from my off road shop that 33" is fine 35" and I'll need a new carrier.
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I have a 18" wheel with a 33" toyo m/t on my stock jk carrier, been that way for almost a year and no problems. I was told from my off road shop that 33" is fine 35" and I'll need a new carrier.
MPH are you running stock rims with the 33" toyo? Do you have any pics?
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:07 PM   #9
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The JK tailgate and hinges are much stronger than YJ or YJ. They can handle the weight. Make sure it doesn't vibrate or wobble at all -- that can make the tailgate "tincan."

Here's the video I just did on our tire carriers. It shows how you need to lift up the tire for the bumper, and need an extension for the rear light.
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The stock tire on a jk is a 32 so I'm not really worried about the extra inch in diameter what I'm concerned about is width...
You might need to get different bump stops to make sure it fits tight. Otherwise, I think it would fit no problem.
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Yes, it will fit fine. I've put 20,000 miles on my Jk since going to 33" Maxxis bighorns on a 15x8 rim with zero problems. I secure the tire with three lug nuts and do not use any extensions and it has taken a beating off road in four different states without issue.
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The JK tailgate and hinges are much stronger than YJ or YJ. They can handle the weight. Make sure it doesn't vibrate or wobble at all -- that can make the tailgate "tincan."

Here's the video I just did on our tire carriers. It shows how you need to lift up the tire for the bumper, and need an extension for the rear light.
Can you explain how this tire carrier aleviates pressure on the hinges of the JK model? I understood that those hinges couldn't take much pressure.

Many tire carriers for the JK still bolt into the frame somehow, yours does not? I'm interested.
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Can you explain how this tire carrier aleviates pressure on the hinges of the JK model? I understood that those hinges couldn't take much pressure.

Many tire carriers for the JK still bolt into the frame somehow, yours does not? I'm interested.
It doesn't alleviate the pressure: we think the JK hinges can take it. It holds it tighter to the carrier frame, and to the door, which reduces vibration. It lifts it up, so it clears the rear bumper. And it lifts the rear brake light.

This is not the strongest tire carrier out there. It is a very competent product that makes it easy to get oversized tires on the tailgate. I would say it's great for about 90% of JK owners.
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It doesn't alleviate the pressure: we think the JK hinges can take it. It holds it tighter to the carrier frame, and to the door, which reduces vibration. It lifts it up, so it clears the rear bumper. And it lifts the rear brake light.

This is not the strongest tire carrier out there. It is a very competent product that makes it easy to get oversized tires on the tailgate. I would say it's great for about 90% of JK owners.
Would a 35 be too much for this carrier?
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:28 PM   #15
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A 33" tire will fit easy on the JK sparetire carrier !!

I have a BIG 33" tire and the tire wheel weigh abut 78 lbs, you MUST USE EXTENDED BUMPSTOPS to eliminate spare tire vibration, thats what degrades the hinges !!



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Jimbo: when did Jeep start offering that optional roof top airbag? Great for rollovers. And meteorites.
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:37 PM   #17
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The stock JK will hold up to 33" - anymore and you run into issues with hitting the bumper, blocking the brake light, etc. The support for the tire is also a little weak.

A simple tire carrier like ours will let you go up to about 37" and 200 pounds. That's a lot.

A bumper or frame mounted will carry the same weight, but will be more secure if you go rock crawling a lot. You gain strength, but give up easy tailgate access, and you have to start drilling holes.
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Has anyone tested the hinges for strength?
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Yea, I test mine at 78 lbs, everytime I openit !!

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