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Old 04-27-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Home made UFO and TF spare install

Today was a day all dedicated to myself and Dozer. Nothing else to do all day and I spent it doing Jeep stuff. This is how every weekend day should be.

In any case I installed the TeraFlex spare mount to go with the TF HD hinged carrier I put on last week. I had the stock one on but with the backspacing of the new wheel set, it stuck out way too much for my liking. So I decided to get the proper mount.

I used the manual method TF had on the website to force the 3 studs into the carrier. Took some muscle but I got it. I didn’t have access to a press. Used a steel spacer, a lug nut from the stock wheel set and muscled in the 3 studs. What I did not like was the thicker sections of the 3 studs once installed. The back of the wheel was hitting that section so I used a 5/8 wheel spacer. No biggie. I wanted the wheel to be flush and not scored by the thicker section of the studs.

I must say the combo is great. Love the adjustability. Given that the 33" Duratracs are only about 1/4" taller than my stockers, I was able to use the lowest hole setting. Actually the lowest setting was about an inch higher off the ground than the stock spare mount. I measured the height from the ground to the lower wheel stud before and after and the TF at the lowest setting on the TF was an inch higher. Install was perfect. I had to remove the center cap of the wheel so the 3rd light holder would be able mount.

Then I focused on the leftover unused bump stop hole. I was going to just go with a UFO to match the hood UFOs I have. But then I got to thinking I would craft my own. I knew there had to be something that I could make up that would work. I have a rubber stopper in the other bump stop hole that is under the TF hinge. It was a perfect size and is squished in there by the carrier itself. But this side needed something different.

Stopped by the Home Depot and searched around. Finally got the spare parts section of the bathroom stuff and found Aqua-Seal washers. It is basically a black, rubber, round washer that fits very similar to our drain plugs in that it has a protruding lip/button and a recessed . There is a grooved section in the middle and basically pops right into the hole. It isn’t oval but big enough to be “squished” to fill the slightly oval hole. The package comes with 2.

I had some spare stainless screws and plastic washers left over from my license plate install kit. Amazingly the plastic washer fits perfectly snug into the rubber washer. I drilled a small hole through the rubber washer and pushed the bolt through. I put a nut on the other side and tightened enough to squish the washer to make it just slightly oblong. It plugs into the hole like it was made for it.

I actually made one and it was just slightly crooked. So I made a second one and used that one. The one in the pics is the crooked one.








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Old 05-07-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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Do you have any pictures of what you used on the other hole?

Also do you remember the size of the Aqua seal washer?

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Do you have any pictures of what you used on the other hole?
Let's try and keep this family oriented ok
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Do you have any pictures of what you used on the other hole?
Are you over 18?

The hole under the TF hinge is just a rubber stopper from Home Depot. Forget the size.

This bad boy was the washer used for the home made UFO:

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