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Old 04-10-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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33" Mt on stock tire carrier..

So I don't want a swing out, don't want it in the jeep.. I just want a stock setup. But everyone says, "no! It will bend the tailgate off!"

I'm skeptical. I stood on top of my stock tire (200 lbs of me) and it hardly bent. I feel like it I kept the tire snug to the tailgate it would be ok.

Has anyone been there and done that? And has it held up?

Photos? I'm pretty sure my tailgate can hold it!
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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Ordered the 49 dollar adapter off of quadratec.






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Old 04-10-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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I have a 33" mud terrain on my stock tailgate no problems. No sag, closes without any issue and doesn't make any noise on bumps or anything
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The spare tire bracket itself is what failed on my TJ 12-14 years ago 3 months after I mounted a 33x12.50 spare tire on it. The tailgate itself seems up to it but the bracket may not be. And whatever you do, don't buy a spare tire mount extender that makes the problem even worse by increasing the leverage the spare tire has against its mount.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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Just installed 33" MTs today and have the 5th on the back...rear gate opens and closes perfectly..long run I'm sure it will be fine...only about 20lbs heavier than stock if that.
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I ran one on mine. You'll be fine
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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I ran one on mine. You'll be fine
Thanks so much for the responses!! I thought it would be ok..

Jerry- I will get the mig out and reinforce it! And make some sort or adapter so it hugs the tailgate tight.
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Just do the extensions on the rubber mounts that will keep it from flexing
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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I'm skeptical. I stood on top of my stock tire (200 lbs of me) and it hardly bent. I feel like it I kept the tire snug to the tailgate it would be ok.
I don't know that it's the constant weight. I would assume the damage occurs when the tire bounces up and down while driving. So, essentially, it would be the equivalent of jumping up and down on the tire, not just standing on it.
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Just do the extensions on the rubber mounts that will keep it from flexing
I added rubber snubber extensions (OE shaved to fit) the day I mounted the 33x12.50 spare tire & the mount still cracked & failed 3 months later. The spare tire was tight enough against the extensions that it didn't move/wiggle around.
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I don't know that it's the constant weight. I would assume the damage occurs when the tire bounces up and down while driving. So, essentially, it would be the equivalent of jumping up and down on the tire, not just standing on it.
Yeah that's why you extend the rubber mounts, keeps it from bouncing around
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I added rubber snubber extensions (OE shaved to fit) the day I mounted the 33x12.50 spare tire & the mount still cracked & failed 3 months later.
I believe you Jerry, and I know it's not the right thing to do. Mine was like that when I bought it in dec without the stoppers extended and has been fine until I took it and all the brackets off last month.
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I added rubber snubber extensions (OE shaved to fit) the day I mounted the 33x12.50 spare tire & the mount still cracked & failed 3 months later. The spare tire was tight enough against the extensions that it didn't move/wiggle around.
Good info, I'll get rubber mounts to fit and also add some structure to the tire carrier mount
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I've had a 33 on mine for two years but I have beefed up hinges since I ruined the stockers with a spare tire bike rack. Another thing that favors me is my wheels are only 17lb and a Duratrac is a light tire. I also extended the snubbers out with hockey pucks to keep it tight and reduce wobble.
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Where is a good source for the snubber extensions or spacers?
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I've been using one of these HyLine OffRoad 300200100 - HyLine OffRoad Oversized Spare Tire Adaptor Bracket for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec for the past year and a half with a Toyo (heavy) 33 x 12 tire on it. Haven't had a problem with the tailgate or the bracket. Like mentioned above, I used longer bumps so tire is tight against them.
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Where is a good source for the snubber extensions or spacers?
I used hockey pucks. Work great.
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Where is a good source for the snubber extensions or spacers?
I don't remeber where I bought mine...I remember they were not a lot longer than the stock ones. 1 7/8" sticks in my mind, but I read about someone just measuring how much more they needed, then cut off pieces of 1 1/2" PVC pipe the right length to add spacers behind the stock ones. They just spray painted the PVC spacers black and got longer bolts
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Where is a good source for the snubber extensions or spacers?
I just bought another set of the OE snubbers from the dealer. They of course match the shape of the OE snubbers so after trimming the bulged front part off, stacked them underneath & bolted them into place. Stacked together, they looked like a set of longer OE snubbers.
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I just bought another set of the OE snubbers from the dealer. They of course match the shape of the OE snubbers so after trimming the bulged front part off, stacked them underneath & bolted them into place. Stacked together, they looked like a set of longer OE snubbers.
Awesome. Thanks!!
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No issues so far but mine is also supported by a inverted hitch ball mount.


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No issues so far but mine is also supported by a inverted hitch ball mount.


Does your tailgate still open fine? Or does it drag the tire off then wedge back on each time you open it?
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I used hockey pucks. Work great.
Hockey pucks also. They are about 1" thick

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