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Old 05-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Building a rear tire carrier

I've received a few PM's asking for measurements and pics of my rear tire carrier since I mentioned giving one away (long story). I can't send pics via PM, so I figured might as well start a thread. This way you won't be alone in building it and others can chime in ideas to help.
Mine is an old Smitty, I'm not sure if it's old enough to be American made or after they turned Chinese, but all I can say is it's held up well and I didn't have any install problems that I've read so much about. I didn't need to drop the gas tank, and any rattling problems were solved in 5 minutes with temporary/permanent Jerry Riggs...
Anyway, most questions were concerning the tire carrier part.
The tire carrier is very simple, and I think it would be easy to build. If I were making my own, I would build the bumper itself differently for more clearance. It sticks out a bit from the rear, which makes a nice step for getting things in and out of the back, but I could see where it would drag on obstacles. I think the hardest part will be attaching the carrier to the bumper, and the latch for the carrier. I'll post dimensions and pics.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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Tire carrier measurements (sucks I couldn't copy text from a PM... Damn iPhone app!)
39.5 inches across the bottom from center of bumper mount using 2"x3" square- the 2" across the top and 3" side vertical.
The 2 pieces running upward to make the triangle are 2"x2" and approx 25" long with the ends cut to sit flat on the bottom piece and meet a 2"x2" that is 18" long that forms the tire mount.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:46 AM   #3
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Pics... Let me know if you need anything more.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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More pics.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #5
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Another thing I would do differently... That is a 33" tire in the pics. In my opinion it sits way too high. It blocks some of the view from the rear view mirror, which is only nice at night when someone with HIDs is behind you. They say it will fit up to a 35" tire, but I'd say 37's. I'd make it so whatever tire size you have sits as low as possible.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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Looks great! Thanks for putting this up. One qestion I have is how did you do the hinge? Was it already part of the bumper or did you add that on? And also how did you do the latch setup?
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #7
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Looks great! Thanks for putting this up. One qestion I have is how did you do the hinge? Was it already part of the bumper or did you add that on? And also how did you do the latch setup?
It's an old Smittybuilt, I didn't build it. The hinge is part built in to the bumper, part tire carrier. The bumper has (I'll have to measure to be sure) about a 2" round pipe sticking up about 3" or so that the tire carrier part slips on to. There is a grease fitting on top.
The latch is something that most people complain about, but I haven't had any problems with. Like I've said, these will be the 2 hardest parts to make. I can take more pics if it will help. I'll be taking the spare off when my MT/R's show up, so I can take more accurate measurements of the hinge connection and more pics of it too.
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The MT/R's are on, so today the spare came off. My spare is old and dry rotted anyway, may as well save some weight. So, here's some measurements and pics of the hinge and carrier while apart.
The piece connected to the bumper is 1 3/4" wide by 5" tall (measured from bumper to top of nipple). It has a groove in the side for the grease to go in when pumped through that nipple on top. The tire carrier slides over it then is clamped tight with 2 nuts and bolts, then a lock ring secures it on top.

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