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Old 04-21-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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My 35” tire tailgate mounting solution

After getting my 35s I wanted to mount the spare on the stock tailgate (I didn't have any clearance issues with my bumper). I noticed that with the tire mounted, the stock tire bumpers don’t quite touch the tire. I also think that when going over bumps the tire tends to wants to torque down (not left and right), so I wanted to add another bump stop to the bottom of the tailgate. So here’s what I did…

Here's one of the spare tire bumpers. It needs to be extended for my new wheel and tire combination:



I decided to use a heater hose that has an outside diameter of 1” to make the extension:



I measured the difference between the stock wheel/tire combination and the new wheel/tire combination. My difference was 1/2 inch:



I then inserted the hose into the bumper as far as it would go:



I then measured one extra inch and cut slices in the top:



I also purchased a new bumper and installed it at the bottom of the tire. Here's the bumper:



Drilled a hole and painted the edges red:



Inserted the bumper:



Mounted the tire and in place:



Close up:



I’ve used this setup for over a year now with no tailgate issues. I do have a lighter tire and wheel (only 20 pounds heavier than stock). I know others have problems mounting their tires to their tailgate so YMMV.

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Old 04-21-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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That's a really cool way to reduce torquing the tailgate! 20 pounds over stock is not bad at all. What tire and rim combo are you running?

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Nice, this will help with the tire twisting the tailgate vertically but it wont help with the veritcal axial loading that causes the sagging most people report. I like the hose usage and may do that as well as my aftermarket wheels have a low backspacing and my stock 32 tires on them dont even touch the bumpers.
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jkjeeper06: it’s funny but TJs have a bumper at the bottom of the door, but they took them out for the JKs.

Stock Rubicon wheels: 24 pounds
Stock Rubicon tires: 47.3 pounds
Total: 71.3 pounds

AEV Pintlers: 23.8 pounds
35x12.50R17 BFG KM2s: 66.3 pounds
Total 90.1 pounds


GrmnCrsNBr - thanks, I’m hoping to prevent damage like this:





Yeah, I know there are aftermarket solutions/extensions, but I like the hose because you can cut it to fit the specific size of your tire/wheel combination.
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Yeah, just try to restrict it from torquing.
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I just found this in the archives. I like the third bumpstop as well. I too inserted heater hose, but also inserted garden hose inside of that to make it more rigid. I think without further support from the bottom of the tire you would still have gate failure if you off road a great deal of the time.

I built this. It's a quick fix until I pull the trigger on a bumper carrier combo.

Hitch mounted spare tire support pics...
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I just found this in the archives. I like the third bumpstop as well. I too inserted heater hose, but also inserted garden hose inside of that to make it more rigid. I think without further support from the bottom of the tire you would still have gate failure if you off road a great deal of the time.

I built this. It's a quick fix until I pull the trigger on a bumper carrier combo.

Hitch mounted spare tire support pics...
Looks like you added a lot more support in your link!
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I just found this in the archives. I like the third bumpstop as well. I too inserted heater hose, but also inserted garden hose inside of that to make it more rigid. I think without further support from the bottom of the tire you would still have gate failure if you off road a great deal of the time.

I built this. It's a quick fix until I pull the trigger on a bumper carrier combo.

Hitch mounted spare tire support pics...
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