Originally Posted by MudRunner
Anyone have a good idea? When I come down from a steep incline, drop off a ledge, or begin to crawl up a steep hill/ rocks I catch my spare tire. Must have done it atleast 5 times over the course of the weekend. On the bright side this unbent my tailgate, as it was dented in before and catching the tire pulled it out. I need to run a spare so I can't just get rid of it. And on trips like this weekend I need the space in the back of the jeep for supplies. Any suggestions? Maybe a tire cage?
Pretty sweet that it actually fixed something.
Only thing I can think of is the TF HD tire carrier. I've got one in my garage, but have yet to install it. A member named VIN posted a thread recently about his install, and IIRC, he said it really hugged his tire up against the tailgate.
I run 35's, and am kinda hoping it'll do that to mine. We'll see. But install for me is gonna have to wait awhile longer. Gotta go overseas Wednesday.
As far as a cage, OR-FAB's swing away tire carrier is similar to what the TF will do, but you gotta drill the Jeep to install it. Mounts to the hinges on your tailgate, though, so I'd think that even if you tagged earth with it, you might not do any actual tailgate damage.
A member here named Daniel_M runs the OR-FAB. Maybe shoot him a PM, if he doesn't show up in this thread.