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Old 03-06-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Rampage Rear Tailgate Tire Extender with Brake Light

Need to get a tire extender to fit my new spare (BFG 33x12.5) on the back plus raise the brake light. Any suggestions on a style and if they have torked the rear carrier off? Yeah I know getting a bumper mounted tire carrier is prefered but right now I don't have the extra $$$ but I am looking at the bestop rear bumper with carrier.

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Wouldn't waste your money. A 33x12.50 should fit just fine as long as you extend the third brake light. I've done it twice so far without issue. You can go to the hardware store and get some pipe or something similar to use as spacers for next to nothing, and use it to raise the brake light higher. Shouldn't take but a few minutes of your time. I can get pics of mine tonight if you need something visual to understand what I'm talking about.

The bad thing about the pieces that extend the spare out from the tailgate is that it makes that weight even more damaging to your tailgate. By just extending the brake light and leaving the tire mounted back where the stock spare was, it won't be as damaging.

Once you get that done, I'd look at getting something to space out the rubber isolation bumpers on the tailgate so that they touch the tire if they aren't already. This helps keep the tires from wobbling around and wearing out your tailgate faster. You can use something like hockey pucks, or buy extra rubber bumpers and cut them to use as spacers.

Then, if you're really feeling productive you can remove the rear bumper (if you still have the stock one) and cut off the old bolts. You can then drill new holes and use new bolts to refasten the bumper in a position where the tire will rest on the top of the bumper when you close the tailgate. This will help take weight off of the tailgate and help it to last much longer. Depending on what tires you have and your Jeep this may not be necessary. On my 98 I had to move the bumper up a bit, but on my 04 the tire was already resting on the bumper so no modification was needed.

If you do all of those things, you can get away with the spare tire on the stock carrier for quite some time without issue.

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I can agree on the third brake light using simple HomeDepot parts but wouldn't the tire still need the extender specifically because of backspacing on the stock rims. The OEM were 31x9.5 and now have 33x12.5, that 3" difference will be hold off mounting by the brake light bracket alone.
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If you're still using the stock rims, then you may need the other part. I'd still loosen the third brake light and test fit to be sure before spending any money on it.

Even if you end up using the tire extender, you'll still want to follow the steps I posted above to keep your tailgate in good condition.
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Need to get a tire extender to fit my new spare (BFG 33x12.5) on the back plus raise the brake light. Any suggestions on a style and if they have torked the rear carrier off? Yeah I know getting a bumper mounted tire carrier is prefered but right now I don't have the extra $$$ but I am looking at the bestop rear bumper with carrier.
Hey rdwiz,

The Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Tire Carrier works great on a stock rim with a 33x12.50x15. Still need to move the stops out to touch the tire. It raises the brake light also.

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X2. Save your money. I ran a 33x12.5x15 tire on my stock tire carrier for years with no problems before I bought my tire carrier. Aftermarket 15x8 wheels required extended tire bumpstops to lessen the strain on the tailgate. Hockey pucks and longer bolts fixed that. Not sure how it would work with stock backspaced rims.

Like mentioned above, the third brake light was just a matter of putting some kind of spacer between it, and the carrier itself. The stock bolts are long enough. I just used some thick washers stacked on top of each other.

33x12.5x15 on stock carrier, stock third brake light tower.

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Old 03-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #7
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This cost me nothing and held a 33 fine.
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Or, here is another idea. It's what I have now. A 2" led light made to fit in a center cap with the end cut out. The light was about $5.00. I bought a female connector and wired it to the stock third brake light wiring. The stock wiring is plenty long enough...It doesn't have to travel up that fugly plastic tower.


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Check your states revised codes about your third brake light. Ohio only requires 2 brake lights. Pucks and longer bolts are going to be your easiest solution. Im running 33x12.5r15s on the stock carrier with pucks untill i can get me on ORFab swing away carrier.
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Where can pucks be bought? I have 33x12.5's coming in soon =)
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Where can pucks be bought? I have 33x12.5's coming in soon =)

Local sporting goods store or Let me google that for you
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Or, here is another idea. It's what I have now. A 2" led light made to fit in a center cap with the end cut out. The light was about $5.00. I bought a female connector and wired it to the stock third brake light wiring. The stock wiring is plenty long enough...It doesn't have to travel up that fugly plastic tower.
That's really cool. What did you do to hold the light in the center cap?

Also, did you affix the center cap to the flange that holds the spare tire? If so, did you drill a hole through that flange in order to run the electrical wire through it?
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That's really cool. What did you do to hold the light in the center cap?

Also, did you affix the center cap to the flange that holds the spare tire? If so, did you drill a hole through that flange in order to run the electrical wire through it?
That's not what I did, but I don't see why that would not work. Depending on the type of wheel, center caps come in different sizes and mounting positions.

The light came with the rubber grommet. You can get them cheap, in various sizes, at any semi-truck supply store/stop.

My Bestop carrier's mounting point has a flat spot in it big enough to pass wires through. Drilling a hole would work too. I just made sure I included an accessible wire connector, so I could remove the tire!!
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That's really cool. What did you do to hold the light in the center cap?

Also, did you affix the center cap to the flange that holds the spare tire? If so, did you drill a hole through that flange in order to run the electrical wire through it?
I did similar also.

- Took a spare center cap, cut the top off and glued a led to the cap.

- drilled a hole in the spare mounting bracket

- ran the wire through the hole with a quick disconnect
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That's not what I did, but I don't see why that would not work. Depending on the type of wheel, center caps come in different sizes and mounting positions.

The light came with the rubber grommet. You can get them cheap, in various sizes, at any semi-truck supply store/stop.

My Bestop carrier's mounting point has a flat spot in it big enough to pass wires through. Drilling a hole would work too. I just made sure I included an accessible wire connector, so I could remove the tire!!
Thanks for the info. I couldn't tell in the pics that you're using a Bestop carrier.

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I did similar also.

- Took a spare center cap, cut the top off and glued a led to the cap.

- drilled a hole in the spare mounting bracket

- ran the wire through the hole with a quick disconnect
Keeping on track with this thread, do you have any photos of it?

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