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Old 09-10-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Do I need a heavy duty spare tire bracket?

Hello all,
I would like to thank everyone who replied to my last post in reference to the hard top with half doors. I have another question about my spare tire. I am going to get a spare that matches my other tires and I do not know if the stock bracket will be sufficient. Looking at the stock set up it seems I will need an extension for the brake light and I asked a guy who works at a local off road shop about the spare bracket and he said I would be fine with the one on the jeep. The tire is a BF Goodrich AT32x11.50. The guy at the shop said this would be the biggest thing he would put on without beefing up the bracket but he thought the stock mount would work. He said that over time any tire including the one that comes stock will pull on the tailgate. Anyway, I thought I would get on here and ask the experts. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-10-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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Everyone on here will tell you the same thing, It's fine for now but not too long. Start looking at new rear bumpers with the swing away tire carriers. Theres a few threads actually posted today so you can see what they look like. Your tailgate will eventually fail if you leave that size tire on there over time, so start saving and start looking. Sure you know all the websites by now but quadratech, jcwhitney, 4wd, ect.... Hope this helps and good luck

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A 32x11.50 spare tire is about as heavy of a tire the OE spare tire mounting bracket can be expected to handle without high odds that it will fail. It's when you get to 33x12.50 or bigger spare tires that the OE spare tire bracket isn't up to supporting for very long.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:53 PM   #4
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Well some people have had larger tires on the stock carrier for quite a while. The most important thing is that the rubber bumpers maintain solid contact with the tire. Depending on the tire size and wheel back spacing, you may have to space the bumpers out or cut them down. I had to extend mine out about 1" Hockey pucks worked perfect. Some other things people have done is to add a lip for the wheel to sit on. This can be done by a hitch mounted plate or depending on your rear bumper, adding something to it for the wheel to sit on.

The brake light is easy to put spacers on to raise it up but the stock height light could be seen over my 33. I have since put a LED light in the center of the spare.
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Well some people have had larger tires on the stock carrier for quite a while. The most important thing is that the rubber bumpers maintain solid contact with the tire.
My spare tire bracket lasted maybe six months before it cracked and failed carrying a 33x12.50 tire. And that entire time, the spare tire was properly snubbed up to the rubber bumpers whose height I had raised to provide a good firm contact with the tire. The spare tire didn't wiggle at all, it was firmly mounted. I was careful to do that when before mounting the 33x12.50 spare tire but it sure didn't help much in light of the fact the spare tire bracket cracked and failed within about six months.
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33x12.5 for 2+ years for me.

You know on JF Boogieman and others have not had issues either.
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Kinda like the guys with lockers in their Dana 35c axles running big tires not having problem huh.
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Kinda like the guys with lockers in their Dana 35c axles running big tires not having problem huh.
Yup.
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Kinda like the guys with lockers in their Dana 35c axles running big tires not having problem huh.
Hey, I resemble that remark.
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I ran a 32x11.50 for about two years without issue. But that was before I started wheeling it hard. Keeping it tight to the tailgate helps - but is no guarantee something won't fail. Now that I have a 33x12.5 and bounce around a lot I wouldn't think of mounting it on the stock bracket. Strapped mine in the back of the tub. More important things to spend money on than a tire carrier.
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I'm trying this. I used a light duty hitch I was no longer using. (It actually bent down in use) I bought a small wheel from Lowes, drilled and tapped the hitch and bolted it on. It needed a 1/4" spacer between the wheel and hitch for my 31x10.5 to fit snug. The wheel lets the tailgate open and close easily. I tried a steel plate, but I think the drag on the tire when opening and closing the gate would have caused even more damage. I'll see how it works. At least it's easily removable.
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Nice! I've seen others support their spare tire on the bumper but I've never seen the use of a wheel like yours. VERY creative, nice job on that!

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