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Old 08-21-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Do I need these?

So I'm mounting a 35" tire on a 17" wheel on the stock tire carrier. I'm also planning on using a synergy relocation bracket. Do I really need this? Or would they be overkill for mainly street use (some trails-not very often though)?
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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I run 35 and IMO you definitely need reinforcements for your stock tire carrier. I bought a swing arm that mounts to my after market bumper. I have heard that 33" tires have broken tailgates so I wouldn't even attempt a 35.

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Old 08-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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Hey there,I have Rugged Ridge 17x9 black wheels with Goodyear Dura-Tracs mounted on my stock tire carrier and it fits great.The tire sits right in the cutout of the stock bumper.The only thing I did was to order a set of Daystar Bumpstops to replace the stock ones.Also the backspace of these wheels is 4.5".I also installed the TeraFlex Aluminum Hinged Spare Tire Carrier but it does not change how the spare tire is positioned on the door.You can use the stock spare mount with up to a 35"tire,anything over 35" it is suggested you use the TeraFlex mount as well.Hope this helps!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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Her is a pic of my setup used
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #6

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I've been running a 35" tire on my stock tailgate for a month. It fits perfectly against the cutout in the the stock bumper. However, if the backspacing were 0.5" more or less, this might be a different story.

The weak point seems to be the tailgate hinge, not the plastic mount, so the reinforcement wouldn't help here.

I'd go for a replacement tire carrier like the one made by Teraflex, or get a bumper with a swing out tire carrier. I'm waiting on my ACE rear bumper / tire carrier, but I haven't had any problems with the stock setup.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:44 PM   #7
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I wouldn't suggest running a 35 on the OEM tire carrier/tailgate. You may be able to run it no problem but you more than likely will comprimise the tailgate over time.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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Thanks guys.

Well I ended up ordering these and the spacer. I'll use these for a while and at least feel a little better. I mean my tire fits right now, but its squished up into the bumper cutout. I just dont want the door to rip apart.

I'll do a rear bumper at some point just not high on the list for now.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:41 AM   #9
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teraflex looks solid but pricey!!! Which brand/model is the mount type on the bumper?

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