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Old 11-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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33 12.5 15 Tire Carrier Tailgate Bent

I have a 33 12.5 15 spare on the way and heard the extra weight can put a beating on the tail gate. I've heard of 33's bending tail gates. Is this true? Is there something I can do to use the stock carrier to keep this bending/stress from happening? Is there a simple carrier I can buy that does not cost a lot that will keep it from getting beat up?

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Old 11-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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I've had my 33 on one of these carriers HyLine OffRoad 300200100 - HyLine OffRoad Oversized Spare Tire Adaptor Bracket for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec for the past couple of years without issues. I think 33's are the biggest that is recommended for the tailgate though.

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Old 11-09-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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What about the rugged ridge one
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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If I did not already have a swing mounted to my steel corner armor I would consider exogate as you get support without extra hassle when opening the rear gate
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:20 PM   #5
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It's not the size but really it's the weight that matters. I ran 33x12.5x15 with no probs for a year.

Upgraded my carrier when I went to 35s last month.
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #6
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I have an exogate and highly recommend the product. I have yet to find anyone who owns one that is unhappy with it.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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if you use the stock one do you have to put some spacers back there to keep it from moving around.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:19 AM   #8
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I don't think a 33 spare will even fit on a stock carrier because it hits the stock bumper. Mine didn't fit, at least with a 15x8 wheel with 3.75" backspace.

I've got the Rugged Ridge HD carrier, but the most important thing is making sure that you extend the rubber bumpers on the tailgate that push against the tyre when it's mounted. They are fundamental in keeping the tyre stable and take a lot of the load off the tailgate. It's not really a weight issue. My 33" tyre on an alloy wheel is only about 11lbs heavier than a stock steel wheel and tyre.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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Is there a place to get a kit to extend bumpers? I just got the rugged ridge carrier.
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My 33 has been on there for a few years with no problems. I do have aftermarket hinges though. I used hockey pucks to space the rubber bumpers out further.
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Water dog that is an extremely good looking jeep.
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Water dog that is an extremely good looking jeep.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:55 AM   #13
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I use this method on my CJ7, you might look into it! Cheap and easy.

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Unfortunately I don't have a hitch that looks like a good idea. Anyone know where I can find a kit to extend the bumper stops
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Unfortunately I don't have a hitch that looks like a good idea. Anyone know where I can find a kit to extend the bumper stops
Sporting good store/ hockey pucks as has been mentioned
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Unfortunately I don't have a hitch that looks like a good idea. Anyone know where I can find a kit to extend the bumper stops
You can see some of the hockey pucks I used in this photo. You can also see the 1" pvc sections I used to raise my 3rd brake light.
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Looks good.... How visible is that or is hidden behind the tire?
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Looks good.... How visible is that or is hidden behind the tire?
They stay pretty much hidden behind the tire. The hardest part was finding a long enough bolt to use that still had a small enough head in order to use a ratchet on.
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If you don't like the hockey pucks, you can do the same thing by using a second set of the factory type bumpers (available at Quadratec) then cutting the round end off to whatever length you need to make extensions.
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I have a 33X12.5 spare on the stock swing. When I close it, it hits the stock bumper just a bit. Gotta give it a good push. Seems as if bumper holds some of the weight. No problems with my swing in the last year and a half.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:50 PM   #21
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I've had a 33 12.5 on my stock carrier for over 6 years. No issues.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:47 AM   #22
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I just got my tire carrier in and thought it was a good idea to use gasket maker so it wouldn't hold water or be metal to metal and possibly rattling

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Seems to work fine, anyone else done this
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:37 AM   #23
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I bought a bumper with a tire carrier. The 33 was squeaking and rattling on the stock spot on the tailgate. My Jeep came without a rear bumper, so I had no proper recovery points. My cross frame was bent a little from the former dude using it to recover at some point. So I beat it straight and we just welded the bumper to the Jeep. With the receiver, I can put the rack back there and carry extra stuff too. The one I chose is a direct rip off of Smittybuilt, but waaaaayy cheaper. shipped.

I had to widen the slot for the release handle, drill a hole to drain water out of the back of the catch, slot the holes for the tire carrier, took a dead blow to assemble the top part of the tire carrier. . . No biggie.

bumper/tire carrier I bought

Smittybuilt's exact bumper, but with only a 2 inch receiver, not rated for towing. lame. The one I chose has a class III receiver. not lame.
Smittybilt SRC Classic Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier, D-Rings & D-Ring Mounts - SB-76651D

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