Using 35" spare tire and wheeling- advice needed please
Getting my Jeep lifted and all that for my Moab trip in 12 days, but suddenly realized that I would be wheeling and that new 35" tire would be hanging off my stock carrier. I am aware of a few options- the (pricey) ones that appeal to me are the AEV Tire Carrier and the Expedition One bumper-carrier. However, money is a bit of an issue now (already almost 10K in this week) and time may be a limiting factor, so was looking at cheaper/quicker options. Cheaper as in not the Teraflex option, since I may as well put $500ish towards one of the others.
We have that Smittybuilt one but will that eliminate the primary issue? I THINK the primary issue is the spot welds on the tailgate and not the hinges, right? If that is correct, I don't think the Smitty does anything to recitify that, does it?
Last resort- putting the tire inside but that is a horrible option in my case. It removes almost all storage room in my 2-door, and will stink up the inside with that horrible rubber smell. That will be the last time my girfriend goes on a wheeling trip with me. Keeping her involved is key. It would probably drive me crazy too. I know- I had two new tires in my 4Runner for two days and it was not fun. A roadtrip like that would be even worse.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
2014 JKU Rubicon- all white with tan leather
LOD front bumper, AEV rear bumper, TeraFlex tire carrier, Shrockworks sliders, Method Standard wheels, 35" MTR Kevlars, Englewood driveshafts, Synergy 3" Lift, Rancho 9000XLs, Artec truss, Teraflex C-gussets, Grabars, HotHead Liners, MORE dead pedal, Tuffy underseat box, Uniden 520 XL, 10lb CO2 tank...
I'm in the same spot, only I am saving towards the entire Teraflex kit with the hinge. IMO its the cleanest and sturdiest, lightest option. Down the road I'll pick up a nice simple rear bumper. If your looking for an immediate solution I would look into getting this reinforcement kit. Basically it spreads the load of the bolt attachments for the stock carrier.
The combo is a quick band-aid solution until your able to get something more substantial. I would really look into the complete Teraflex system, I helped a buddy install it on his Jeep and it reinforces the entire tailgate. Its really impressive.
I ran the smittybilt one for awhile. Worked well, hugs the tire against the tailgate real well so no flexing or wiggling. Worth the $110 I paid IMO, even if I only ran it for 6 months. Is it weird if I like the smell of new tires/rubber?