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Old 12-20-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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Question 33's on spare tire carrier

In a couple of days I am buying new wheels with 33's for my Wrangler and I want to buy a spare wheel and tire, but I don't want to mess up my tailgate. Do you have any suggestions for how I could do this? I already have an aftermarket rear bumper so I do not want a swing away spare tire carrier. Thanks

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Old 12-20-2009, 04:49 PM   #2
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Honestly, youre beating a dead horse. People have had good and bad luck with mounting 33's to their tailgate, it required some modification.

But most people end up messing it up, so I would get a rear bumper or get the ORO tire Carrier which will bolt up to your tub.

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Old 12-20-2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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you're not going to kill your tail gate...but, get a rear bumper...
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
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Yea he will, most people kill their tailgate
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yea, if you leave it there and NEVER get a rear bumper..but a temporary spare tire on the stock carrier IS NOT ...going to kill the tail gate...unless the tail gate is already on a down hill path...if you use your tail gate a ton it'll take a toll quicker than if you hardly use it..but if you need to just get the spare and wait a couple months before you can afford the bumper...you'll be okay...
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I do believe the wear came around 5 months. But I think what fig8r and I are trying to say is, dont mount it to your tailgate, get something else.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #7
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Get 33 x 10.5s. At least for the spare
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:12 PM   #8
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I'm running a 33x12.50 on an Eagle Alloy aluminum wheel. I mounted it with the Olympic Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier on my tailgate. It's been on for over a year now and guess what? MY TAILGATE DOESN'T SAG. MY TAILGATE HASN'T STARTED TO RIP AT THE SEAMS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY TAILGATE. Don't believe all the hype from the peanut gallery who want to tell you where to spend your money.

I have personal experience with a 33" tire on my tailgate. It has caused me NO problems. You DO NOT need to spend the extra $$$ for a rear bumper. Granted, you'll have options with a new rear bumper that you don't have with the stocker like the ability to carry gas cans, etc.......
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I'm running a 33x12.50 on an Eagle Alloy aluminum wheel. I mounted it with the Olympic Heavy Duty Spare Tire Carrier on my tailgate. It's been on for over a year now and guess what? MY TAILGATE DOESN'T SAG. MY TAILGATE HASN'T STARTED TO RIP AT THE SEAMS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY TAILGATE. Don't believe all the hype from the peanut gallery who want to tell you where to spend your money.

I have personal experience with a 33" tire on my tailgate. It has caused me NO problems. You DO NOT need to spend the extra $$$ for a rear bumper. Granted, you'll have options with a new rear bumper that you don't have with the stocker like the ability to carry gas cans, etc.......


And I have to disagree due my experience with only a 32"x11.5"x15" BFG spare. Had it for about 7 mobths mounted on the gate and both my hinges are so shot that I had to take the tire and 3rd brake light assembly off because the gate was rattling so dam mich. Has a good 1" of play in it now.
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Okay I admit I have no experiene with the 33's Cavediver, but some things to take into consideration (I upgraded to 31's on my 06, The spare wouldn't fit under my brake light. I had to make an adjustment for it. Also, the tire is significantly heavier than the stock 30's and it is difficult to close the gate without slamming it as hard as I can. (okay, I am a wimp). Granted it may never have a negative effect on the gate itself, but these are little things that he will run into when he upgrades. I personally do plan on getting a swing out carrier (eventually)
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:32 PM   #11
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And I have to disagree due my experience with only a 32"x11.5"x15" BFG spare. Had it for about 7 mobths mounted on the gate and both my hinges are so shot that I had to take the tire and 3rd brake light assembly off because the gate was rattling so dam mich. Has a good 1" of play in it now.
What model year is your Jeep? Mine is a 2005. Maybe there is a difference in hinge design? Also, are you running an alloy wheel or a steel wheel? That might make a difference. There is NO play at all in my hinges. After posting my last post I went outside and double checked my gate, just to make sure I wasn't posting out of my ass.
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2001 Wrangler-Crager soft-8's with 32"x11.5"x15s BFG All-terrains

I have also put on about 35k miles on it he past year so not sure if that matters.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:49 PM   #13
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So you're running a steel wheel on basically 9 year old hinges? I'd be interested in seeing who has problems with worn out 9 year old hinges carrying a stock spare tire. I'd be willing to bet it's a pretty high percentage. Maybe adding the heavier tire/wheel didn't help anything, but I don't think you can lay all of the blame for the worn out hinges solely on the spare. Try to look at it objectively, without a personal opinion.
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I've had my 32x11.5 BFG AT with soft 8 wheel on my tailgate for about 2 years now without any problems. But I extended the snubbers to prevent any vibration. I think that is real important. That said, I am going to 33s soon and I'm thinking of mounting the 33" spare inside the cab on top of my homemade trunk just to prevent any possible damage. No backseat anyway. Then I'll get rid of the 3rd brake light and might even flush mount the taillights. I kind of like that smooth gate look.

I just can't see spending hundreds on a swing out bumper/carrier when I could use that money for a belly up, or control arms, or gears, or lockers, or etc etc etc...
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:20 AM   #15
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moded my stock carrier to hold my 33x12.5, had it on there for about 3weeks now. Its coming off 2mar!!! deff. will wreck your tailgate, you imediately notice the extra weight torking the tailgate around and making noise... i know it sucks forking over the $ for a new bumper especially if you already got one but in the long run its for sure work it!
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Ive got 33's on my jeep, but a 31 on the carrier. It came that way For sale by owner, is there any issues with putting a 31 onto the jeep with 33's "IF" I get a flat?
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:19 AM   #17
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I ended up doing the same thing that you did, and the 31 was my concern driving on the road. It should not be a problem if you are going to only use it as a spare and you replace it with a 33 down the road
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Ive got 33's on my jeep, but a 31 on the carrier. It came that way For sale by owner, is there any issues with putting a 31 onto the jeep with 33's "IF" I get a flat?

no thats not a problem, no diff. than a donut tire...

as long as you fix your problem asap....
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If you run a tire with 2" of difference you had better only drive it to a (close) tire repair shop or you'll be buying new gears in short order. One axle doesn't like turning at a different speed for very long.

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