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Old 08-16-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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New project // Tire carrier

My first vehicle ever was a 1964 Willy's Jeep that I sold because of parental pressure........ I just got my 2012 Wrangler Unlimited about a month ago and while yes...I love it, I'm just appalled at all the plastic. So it's getting replaced.....slowly.

Mind you that the following pictures are rough and I have yet to grind and powdercoat anything. First with a new rear bumper and oversized tire carrier. Once that's done, jerry cans holders and a rear rack. Followed by an exoskeleton to protect my precious green exterior.



Bumper assembled and welded......



Everything aligned and spot welded together....should have pictures tomorrow of the final carrier minus powdercoating.

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:09 AM   #2
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Nice...need to do that myself...just recently purchased a 09 rubi. Made offset spacer to mount 35 on stock carrier. Seems like spacers on line are not made that well. Pic to come if app quits crashing.

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:11 AM   #3
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Ok app posted pic twice...here is after pic

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yeah looks good, i'm just afraid of the extra weight on the tailgate sheetmetal. i took my wrangler in last week to have the speedometer recalibrated and they tried to sell me an offset carrier like that. Problem is I like to run around in the woods so I've constructed my own which will eventually have Jerry can holders on each side of the tire. I just don't feel like spending a grand to buy one when I can just build it for a 1/4th the cost.
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yeah looks good, i'm just afraid of the extra weight on the tailgate sheetmetal. i took my wrangler in last week to have the speedometer recalibrated and they tried to sell me an offset carrier like that. Problem is I like to run around in the woods so I've constructed my own which will eventually have Jerry can holders on each side of the tire. I just don't feel like spending a grand to buy one when I can just build it for a 1/4th the cost.
I hear ya. Thats a temp fix for now. Worried about same thing. Some people on here said they havent had a problem with a 35 on the tailgate. Dont know about the strength of the cast aluminum though. Made spacer out of 3/8 plate and 2" capped box tube so thats not gonna break
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Smittybilt makes a carrier that snugs the tire closely against the tailgate.
The further a tire is cantalevered off the tailgate, the greater chance the carrier will fail, or the welds in the tailgate will pop. You can increase those bump stops, but it's better to pull the tire in and support it to minimize flex.
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yeah as much offroading as I do over hard areas I couldn't see an extension working for very long, expecially with a heavier oversized tire
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Went wheeling in Colorado last October in a stock TJ with an extension - cracked the stock carrier (I think they are steel). Broke it's replacement two weeks ago. At least the steel cracked and squeaked. The ultralight cast alloy one on a JK would likely just drop the tire on the trail (better than the freeway going home).

That said, the welded one 2004LJ is fabbing up - very nice work - nice skills.
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Smittybilt makes a carrier that snugs the tire closely against the tailgate.
The further a tire is cantalevered off the tailgate, the greater chance the carrier will fail, or the welds in the tailgate will pop. You can increase those bump stops, but it's better to pull the tire in and support it to minimize flex.
Know what your saying. But didnt want to cut the brakelight off the stock carrier. Would like to sell the carrier in the future. Hope it works for now. Will find out. Have a jamboree in oct. Going to make spacers for bump stops out of high impact plastic (tyvar) will have them on tomarow hopefully that will help alittle.
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Just got everything done except fot he brackets to hold the jerry cans and the latch (it's in the mail right now) Should be going off to powdercoat later this week.
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oh cost for everything so far is about $310 minus the powdercoating
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oh cost for everything so far is about $310 minus the powdercoating
Looks good..
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:39 AM   #13
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how's your carrier holding up btw LJ? The stock carrier still supporting okay?

Side Note: The wrangler to the right of my jeep in the picture is a 94 wrangler with a chevy 454 that we put in 2 weekends ago for those wondering.
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how's your carrier holding up btw LJ? The stock carrier still supporting okay?

Side Note: The wrangler to the right of my jeep in the picture is a 94 wrangler with a chevy 454 that we put in 2 weekends ago for those wondering.
Holding up fine but have not done any wheeling that would threaten it yet. Hows that jeep with the 454 run?
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little rich, otherwise like a bat out of hell, it'll scare the pants off you when the clutch it dropped. It's the 2nd one he's had in there, so the install wasn't bad at all, the first blew out the rings because of an oil problem.
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little rich, otherwise like a bat out of hell, it'll scare the pants off you when the clutch it dropped. It's the 2nd one he's had in there, so the install wasn't bad at all, the first blew out the rings because of an oil problem.
Man that sounds like it would be a blast to drive...
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Project almost done. Need to finish grinding it up and fix the driver side can holder as it's kind of slanted. But otherwise I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

The inserts on the top are for a rack I'll build that will go over the tire. It goes to get powdercoated on Monday





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Old 09-06-2012, 10:54 PM   #18
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Powdercoating

Projects finally complete minus the overtire rack. First picture is just the bumper


Without tire or gas cans on


Latching system


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Carrier fully open

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SWEET! Care to make another?
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would be simpler now that I have something to go off of instead of instead of a picture in my head.......total cost was about $450 bucks for all the steel, powdercoating, welding and grinding materials.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #21
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Looks awesome! Nice job.

I would only have one concern, those gas cans are going to be quite top heavy once full of fuel and the base is only about 6" wide. Those straps could stretch a little and allow the cans to fall when bouncing hard down the trail, to rotate around the base if that makes sense (it may be kind of hard to visualize what I mean). If you could re-inforce/brace them up the backside so there is more surface area for the cans to be secured to I think they would be much more secure.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #22
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I actually though the same thing, which is why each base has a tab on each of it's 4 sides keeping them from rotating or moving more than an inch or so. Also that said I've got locking pins on order to keep someone from stealing the whole insert and also locking tie down straps with a built in steel cable to keep anyone from undoing the straps and just taking the cans (jerry cans not being exactly cheap). The steel cable in the strap should keep the straps from stretching and allowing them to rotate or fall forward.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #23
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That looks great! I believe I will talk to my local weld shop about making something similar to this for myself. Did you ever get the piece done that goes over the tire? Is it a little rack to carry stuff on?

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