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Old 12-31-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question safe to mount 33's on stock tailgate carrier?

are 33's light enough to put on the stock tailgate carrier. just debating on either new rims or powder coating the stock ones now

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Old 12-31-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Pretty sure they'll not damage it. I think that anything bigger becomes a problem.

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I have had a 33 on my stock tailgate for about 6 months now without a problem at all
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ok well that should at least give me enough time to save and pick a new rear bumper and tire carrier. just wanted to make sure
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I've had mine on there for a year or so now without any problems, but if you intend on doing any serious off roading i would look into a bumper and tire carrier like you said. thats a lot of weight on the tailgate and if you start thrashing around off road it could rip off. make sure you get a thrid break light extension to keep it visible because of the size of the tire, this is where i got mine

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I have 33s on mine without any problem as well. I didn't need an extension for the brakelight either. It is still visible above the tire on the JK without an extension.
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Or you could do this and take the load off-





Has supported my big 33s for over a year

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I don't know if that's really supporting the weight to make any real difference? It would seem from just the physics of weight alone and the size of that bolt, the majority of the tires weight is still being supported by the frame of the door. I would think that something with greater mass and more coverage area underneath the spare so that it could sit upon it would be better? It's definitely a good idea though Jim, if it works it works!
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35's on mine for 2 yrs and no problem YET
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I don't know if that's really supporting the weight to make any real difference? It would seem from just the physics of weight alone and the size of that bolt, the majority of the tires weight is still being supported by the frame of the door. I would think that something with greater mass and more coverage area underneath the spare so that it could sit upon it would be better? It's definitely a good idea though Jim, if it works it works!
I'd be more worried about the bolt wearing a hole into the tire through vibration. According to the Shawshank Principle: All it takes is PRESSURE and TIME.

If there was a cupped tray for the tire to rest it, it would all be good.

In the case of this 33" though, it's only another inch or...5 lbs of weight (depending on the rim but less than 2 bikes on a tire rack). I wouldn't worry too much about putting it on the gate.
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The spare is part of the tire rotation and the ROUNDHEAD BOLT, supplements the gate hinges for "bumps/rocks/ruts/curbs/bodies/etc !!

The bolt/tire contact only lasts 5000 miles, I'm not worried about a wear hole in that 1sqin of tire tread !!

The hinges are unfazed !!

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I was surprised how many bolts hold that spare tire carrier onto the tailgate. Honestly, I would think the rear door would rip off before that thing could come loose.
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I was surprised how many bolts hold that spare tire carrier onto the tailgate. Honestly, I would think the rear door would rip off before that thing could come loose.
The tailgate hinges are usually the failure point for excessive tailgate weight.
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it's not the size, it's the weight. if you went with a bigger tire on a lighter rim than stock, you might end up ahead.
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rear tire carrier

After going through the whole spot welds cracking on the tail gate thing, I wouldn't trust the tail gate to carry my lawn mower tire. I know there are a lot of you that carry 747 jumbo jet tires on your stock carriers with "no problems yet" but trust me, you will. If you removed the stock carrier and the tailgate to see how flimsy they are constructed you would understand. We got approx. 7,000 miles on our 2009 Sahara with 34" Nittos before we had to make a move. We went with the Orfab swing away to completely remove the weight from the 3.5 lb tailgate hinges altogether. I am not a structural engineer but I find it laughable that the engineers expect the stock setup to support that kind of weight and inertia for any length of time. Don't get me wrong, I love the Jeep but this is a bad set-up...
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