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Old 10-23-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Duratrac 34.4" + 17x9 spare on tailgate too heavy?

According to tirerack the 315/70/17 measures 34.4" @ 60lbs. I would be using a Procomp 7069 17x9 alloy wheel which weighs 26lbs putting the gross weight at 86 lbs. According to my research the factory 2012 JKU Rubicon wheel and tire weigh in @ 75lbs. If I were to use the Daystar tailgate bump stops to snug it up would there still be unnecessary wear on the tailgate/hinges?

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Old 10-23-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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As long as the spare is snug against the tailgate and not flopping around you should be fine.

Some folks take the spare off and throw it in the back when wheeling, just to be safe.

In extreme cases, the welds can pull loose from extra weight, heavy jarring, etc. If you're worried about that happening, look into something like the Smittybilt oversize tire carrier (mfr #2743).

But IMO you shouldn't have a problem.

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Old 10-23-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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I did not feel comfortable with my 35's on the door so I installed a swing away bumper.
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I have that tire on a Mickey Thompson Series rim, it is light, but it's a freaking WIDE tire. I wouldn't doo too much offroading with it on your tailgate. It'll definitely catch on something and bend your whole tailgate in.
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As long as the spare is snug against the tailgate and not flopping around you should be fine.
This is correct. The secret to no problems is for the tire to be vibration free and the Daystar tire bumpstops will do that for you.
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