The previous owner of my jeep was a pipe welder, and he made stainless steel bumpers for my jeep (pretty cool). He also made custom made a stainless steel tire carrier for the rear bumper. Unfortunately the tire carrier broke off the bumper today. Ill try to explain the set up, using pictures.
The Tire Carrier
Part of the Bumper the hinge for the carrier is welded to
Hinge on the tire carrier
Other side of the tire carrier, and other side of the bumper
What happened is the spring that holds down the metal pin (displayed in last two pictures, and also the 2nd picture-left side of bumper-) gave out, and the only thing holding the tire carrier on was the hinge, and the tiny latch on the top. Bouncing down the road started to stress the hinge, so i tightened things up with a ratchet tie. When i started to undo the ratchet to inspect things tonight, the tire carrier just fell off the bumper
Im guessing i need to take it to someone who welds, and have them attach it just the way it was before it broke...but im wondering if anyone has better ideas on how to fix this?
Thanks for looking through all these pictures and the reading