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Old 03-12-2013, 08:59 AM
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DIY Tailgate Bump Stops

I was looking through a few different posts and noticed some people are using Rubber Hosing in the stock Bump Stop to get contact with the spare tire.

I contacted Quadratec and they said Daystars Bump Stops could take 4 weeks to get back in stock. So while I'm waiting I wanted to do the rubber hose method. Only problem is what size rubber hose is everyone using? Is it 1" OD or 1.5"OD?

Would this work...Shop Watts 1' x 1" Rubber Reinforced Braided Vinyl Tubing at Lowes.com

I've also seen the golf ball technique which I'm not opposed to, might just have to plastidip the golf balls so they don't stick out.

Any help would be appreciated.
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seems way too small to me. I've got the daystars and they dwarf those. where is this DIY you've seen? can you post the link?

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Sorry about that, I knew I forgot to add something.

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Here's mine..Lol Works great.
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Here's mine..Lol Works great.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:21 AM
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Think I'm going to try the golf ball technique, might paint them black so its not too visible and doesn't stand out that much.
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I used PCV pipe with a matching cap- painted black. The cap is flat- seems more stable to me than a golf ball or hose.
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I used PCV pipe with a matching cap- painted black. The cap is flat- seems more stable to me than a golf ball or hose.
Looks great and its functional. Looks like I found what I'm doing tonight. Thanks, any chance you have the size of the pvc and cap?
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1 1/4" washer hose (rubber) from home depot, they sell a 2' length that is a dollar more than buying 1' by the foot but it's pre-cut so you don't have to track someone down to cut off a foot of it (they wouldn't sell me less than a foot). Word of caution though, when twisting the bump stop back on to tailgate be careful how much twisting you do, I twisted mine a lot and almost lost the nipple .
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ohhh, it's an addition to the current bump stop. I'll admit it and just say I thought it was a replacement lol. in that case, if I was jerry-riggin it, I'd go buy some nice size bouncy balls and put them on the end of the bump stops. do something kind of new...
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Looks great and its functional. Looks like I found what I'm doing tonight. Thanks, any chance you have the size of the pvc and cap?

Pretty sure it was 1 1/4" but its been awhile. Standard cap for that size- I think they're all the same. Just add the cap to the pipe and cut to fit. Any old plastic paint will do.
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I forgot to stop at Lowes today so I found a 1 1/4 inch solid round sanding block in garage.Worked nicely.



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I went to Home Depot and I got a 2' by 1-1/4" pvc and caps. I couldn't even squeeze the the PVC into the bump stops. I think I has to go with a smaller piece of PVC. I think I saw one that was 2' by 1". Keep trying and post once I get it.

Side note: I am currently using golf balls, just plasti dipped them black and they are working great. I just like that the PVC won't fall out once I remove the spare, unlike the golf balls.
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You sure it wasn't a 2" PVC pipe- or maybe in the wrong bin? The posts above also suggested 1 1/4". You do have to wiggle it a little. By the way- the stock stops twist out easily. I wouldn't recommend removing it a bunch of times- but its just a little plastic nipple. (Don't go there boys). Take it to Home Depot with you.
I tried to look on my Jeep but of course the spare blocks it now. I dug up another picture but the caps aren't marked on the top. (Every other cap in my sprinkler bin is marked on the top with a size wouldn't you know). The cap is 5 1/2" around- measured with a soft tape. I have a 1" cap in the bin- its 5" around. That may mean absolutely nothing- outside diameter may vary by manufacturer??... But thats the only measurement I can do.
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I tried to push it into the bump stop, I will be bringing it into Home Depot next time. I will keep you posted. I appreciate your input.
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I installed the 1" PVC pipe with the cap last night, I had to paint them black, it doesn't stick out as much now.


My question is this, does this make the spare harder to put on, I was having trouble.

Are they, the PVC caps supposed to be really pressing into the tire? Is ok for the sidewall of my duratracs?

Curious since they seem to be holding up better than the golf balls I was using but I don't want to damage the tire. Thanks for all the input as well.


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Your tire will be fine. Those sidewalls will see a lot worse than some (smooth) plastic.
The spare is harder to put on just because the stops bend a little. But since you'll probably only ever mount the spare once or twice it doesn't matter much.
I've been rock-crawling and through the desert going 30 MPH over whoops meant for dirt bikes. (Whee...). That spare got bounced and jarred a ton. No problems.
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Your tire will be fine. Those sidewalls will see a lot worse than some (smooth) plastic.
The spare is harder to put on just because the stops bend a little. But since you'll probably only ever mount the spare once or twice it doesn't matter much.
I've been rock-crawling and through the desert going 30 MPH over whoops meant for dirt bikes. (Whee...). That spare got bounced and jarred a ton. No problems.
Thank man, just got a little worried of the constant pressure on the sidewall but if it doesn't hurt it and saves my tailgate, I'm good with that.

Thank you for the idea to go with PVC and a Cap. I ended up with the 1'' but it works and looks great.
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did mine today..!!!

after i replaced my OEM wheels for DC2's... i have a huge gap between the tire and the bump stop...


so.. i measured the gap and visit home depot to find something to help me to fix this problem...


look at that thing..!!! it is HUGE..!!!!


anyway... after i checked a few options... (PVC, Electrical hose, drain pipes, etc, etc) i decided to buy a semi hard/flexible Washer/Dishwasher Hose 1¼" x 7/8" x 2'


after inserted it inside my factory bump stop... i cut it 1-3/8"


final look before install them...


no need to remove the whole tire.. just loose the lug nuts a little bit...


after install them... tight the lug nuts once again... and that's it..!!!!


beautiful..!!!!
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is this only needed for aftermarket wheels? and is it just to keep the spare more secure and from bouncing around
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It keeps the spare from bouncing and flexing the stock mount. The mount is a weak enough point when adding the extra weight, by adding the longer stops, the tire rests back into the tailgate again and not just on the mount alone.
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Yeah.. Somebody post here about the tailgate bump stops... To release a little pressure from the actual tire carrier... It make sense to me... Plus, since i changed my wheels i heard the tailgate making noise when i hit a road hole or a speed bump...

About the stock wheel/tire... No need to extend the bump stop... Just make sure they are touching your spare tire.. Factory bump stop size is designed for factory spare wheel/tire...
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Used a pair of golf balls for mine. Works well.
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I've got to do this soon.
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did mine today..!!!

after i replaced my OEM wheels for DC2's... i have a huge gap between the tire and the bump stop...

so.. i measured the gap and visit home depot to find something to help me to fix this problem...

look at that thing..!!! it is HUGE..!!!!

anyway... after i checked a few options... (PVC, Electrical hose, drain pipes, etc, etc) i decided to buy a semi hard/flexible Washer/Dishwasher Hose 1¼" x 7/8" x 2'

after inserted it inside my factory bump stop... i cut it 1-3/8"

final look before install them...

no need to remove the whole tire.. just loose the lug nuts a little bit...

after install them... tight the lug nuts once again... and that's it..!!!!

beautiful..!!!!
flexible Washer/Dishwasher Hose 1¼" x 7/8" x 2
definitely the way to go very easy, loosened the wheel, cut the hose 2" long, done in less than 5 min! Lowes had the drain hose cost me $9. have plenty left over for any local guys in Bakersfield
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Great idea. I'll do mine as soon as my tires come in. Will I definitely need to extend the break light to carry a 35"?
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Just found this in a search & since I just had my 15" DuraTracs installed yesterday, I can't believe how much farther they stick out on the carrier! I work at Lowe's, so I'll be picking up some washer hose there tomorrow Thanks for the tip!
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Lightbulb $2 DIY Fix

After reading through this and similar posts, I went to the local hardware store and searched for something I could use for a DIY fix. I ended up buying hard rubber black 1-1/8 inch table leg caps and they have worked perfectly. They were $1.88. I just shoved them into the existing bump stops and put the tire back on. The great thing is that when I pushed the tire against them, they gave just a bit to match the angle of the tire, so the entire surface makes contact with the tire. Problem solved.
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Just go to Lowes or HomeDepot and get a 1 1/2" Flexible Coupler for PVC pipes.

1-1/2 in. x 1-1/2 in. DWV Flexible PVC Coupling-P1056-150 - The Home Depot

Slips right over the factory bumps...
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sined240 that's a good fit, and relatively light. However, bit expensive ($20 CND for both sides) and it didn't do much for contact area with my 35" tire.

I got a 1" threaded metal rod (1xCLOSE), twisted it into the rubber bumper. Bought a 1" galvanized cap to thread on the piece sticking out. Holds tight, good contact area, adjustable, and cheap ($5 CND total for both sides). My concern is that the cap adds a bit of weight to the tip and the whole thing is only held in by the rubber nipple. Will be on the lookout for something lighter. May get my hands on a rubber mallet ($5 CND) and make some caps myself.

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