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Old 05-02-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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Rear tire carrier

I am in the process of getting my Tj ready for new paint and need some help. Without having to remove the whole rear bumper, can I take the tire carrier off by removing the nut and drop the bolt out?
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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I'm going to say yes. It won't take long to remove the nut and find out.

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #3
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It looks like you have a hinge pin, not a bolt (It's welded underneath). When you remove the nut, lift up on the carrier. You may need to work it back & forth as you lift to get it off.

If you do get it off, that'd be an ideal time to clean out the old grease & load 'er up with some fresh stuff!
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Looks like they built that tire carrier not to come off. It appears the bracket was welded on after the carrier was put on the hinge pin. Either pull the whole bumper / carrier assembly or paper and tape.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:44 AM   #5
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Yes i took the nut off and tried to bang the bolt down and it did not work. So my guess is that the U shaped bracket was welded on after. I am gonna have to have my paint guy tape it off. It is too much if a pain I will have to drop the tank to get at a couple of the bolts.
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