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Old 11-17-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Do I need a tire carrier?

So I put 265/75/r16's on 2 years ago. From what I've read they should be fine on the stock tire carrier. But recently my back latch has really not wanted to close right. Especially if I try to swing it closed quickly, it will just bump back out because its hitting the latch wrong. Is this because the weight of the tire? Do I need to get a swing out tire carrier or do you guys think I shouldn't worry about it? Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

I have an '03 Rubicon, btw



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Old 11-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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That's only a 10.5" x 31.5" tire. I've been running a 12 x 33 on my stock carrier for 2 years with no issues, although I wouldn't want anything bigger on it. Could be that your latch just needs some lube. Go to Ace Hardware and get a can of Tri-Flo teflon spray and try spraying the latch mechanism.

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Old 11-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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Granted my wrangler is 14 years older than yours, mine does the same thing with or without the tire even on it. I'd try spraying it w/ lube or just locking it. If I hold it shut and lock it it never pops out.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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When the back door is open, lift up on it. Is there any play/wiggle? Are the hinge bolts tight?
When it's closed and latched, does it line up perfectly with the rest of the body?
Mine was acting up similar to yours, but no play in the hinges. I found that the latch pin had loosened and moved a bit. This can be loosened up and realigned, that may smooth things up for you. And yes, periodically spray some lube on all hinges & latches.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:43 PM   #5
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WD-40 the piss outta the hinges too, makes a huge difference
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:53 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by sakicnut View Post
WD-40 the piss outta the hinges too, makes a huge difference
WD40 is just a cleaner you should use an oil like Release All
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:11 AM   #7
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Thanks all, I'll lube the hinges and latch and see if that works. I doesn't really feel like there's any play in it when I lift up on it. Thanks for all the info!
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:26 AM   #8
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...and make sure the rubber stops are touching the tire. If the tire isn't touching those, you'll eventually wear the metal regardless of the tire size.

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