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Old 08-11-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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Spare tire and rim looks like it wont fit??

Im in the process of getting a spare 15X8 rim with the 33's that i have. but it looks like the tire wont clear the center taillight or the rear bumper guard, is there a method to mount the spare?? DO i have to take off the center brake light for the spare to fit and the bumper guard?
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:09 AM   #2
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To fit 33's on the stock spare tire carrier you will need an adpater.

Quadratec sells them ~ $60. They also sell an extension kit for the light but I used a couple of 2x4's bolted together and painted them black.

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I would not mount a 33" tire using an adapter like Quadratec sells. The reason being that the adapter adds a significant amount of leverage against the OE spare tire carrier. That the OE spare tire carrier will eventually crack and fail under the weight of a 33x12.50 spare without that adapter means it will crack and fail even sooner with the adapter. It only took 3-4 months for mine to eventually crack and fail under the weight of a 33x12.50 spare tire.

For added clearance underneath the 3rd brake light, just remove one of the screws holding the brake light to the spare tire carrier and take it to a hardware store and match it up to some 1" to 1.5" longer replacement screws. While you're there, buy four 1" to 1.5" (or buy 2" and cut off .5") spacers... I found small aluminum tubular spacers at my hardware store that worked perfectly when I still had the factory spare carrier and 3rd brake light. Once you're back home, just remove the remaining bolts that hold the 3rd brake light, insert the spacers and screws and you're done. A 1" spacer will work for your 33" spare, a 1.5" spacer will give the same slightly greater clearance you had with a 30" spare.
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It depends on the wheel. I had no problems fitting my spare on the back (15x10 wheel 33x12.5 tire), other than the weight on my tailgate. Maybe the backspacing? Several of us have had 33's on the stock carrier...
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Mine lasted about 8 months or so with the extender as I recall.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:46 PM   #6
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I would not mount a 33" tire using an adapter like Quadratec sells. The reason being that the adapter adds a significant amount of leverage against the OE spare tire carrier. That the OE spare tire carrier will eventually crack and fail under the weight of a 33x12.50 spare without that adapter means it will crack and fail even sooner with the adapter. It only took 3-4 months for mine to eventually crack and fail under the weight of a 33x12.50 spare tire.

For added clearance underneath the 3rd brake light, just remove one of the screws holding the brake light to the spare tire carrier and take it to a hardware store and match it up to some 1" to 1.5" longer replacement screws. While you're there, buy four 1" to 1.5" (or buy 2" and cut off .5") spacers... I found small aluminum tubular spacers at my hardware store that worked perfectly when I still had the factory spare carrier and 3rd brake light. Once you're back home, just remove the remaining bolts that hold the 3rd brake light, insert the spacers and screws and you're done. A 1" spacer will work for your 33" spare, a 1.5" spacer will give the same slightly greater clearance you had with a 30" spare.
Been running mine for the past 18 months, no stress cracks on the hinges or distortion on the tailgate. I'm not at the mall on the weekends either, I'm on the trails so it gets a work out.

It was cheap fix for the tire carrier/bumper from RRC that I should have purchased in the first place. If I ever go for the 35" setup, then I'll upgrade the bumper.
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To fit 33's on the stock spare tire carrier you will need an adpater.

Quadratec sells them ~ $60. They also sell an extension kit for the light but I used a couple of 2x4's bolted together and painted them black.
I used 2x4s also. I also did what Jerry did to extend the brake light. I now have a 35 on there. I had to remove the lower 2x4 so now the spare carrier is angled for clearance. The tire is resting on an insert in the tow hitch receiver to alleviate some stress. I had a 33 there for over 2 years and now the 35 for about 6 months.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:31 AM   #8
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To fit 33's on the stock spare tire carrier you will need an adpater.

Quadratec sells them ~ $60. They also sell an extension kit for the light but I used a couple of 2x4's bolted together and painted them black.
do u have any pics of this?? and the adapter thanks
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so whats the remedy to prevent cracking?? and ud think somone would make an aftermarket tire carrier that can withstand the load of a bigger tire and rim
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^my fault i just found them would this be good??

http://www.jcwhitney.com/OLYMPIC-4X4...1517_10101.jcw
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Should work fine for 33's.

Sorry, I do not have pictures of the extender I made. If you do not want to puchase the extension kit, you can simply cut a couple of 2"x4"'s (approx 8" long) and bolt them (through the plate and light housing) to each other.
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I use that adapter on my jeep know and I need to take it off. You can hear the tail gate taking the abuse when hitting any bump. I need to find some square tubing to make some spacers to bush the whole tire mount out about 2''.
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I had the Olympic carrier, but I sent it back because it is not any longer that the factory one.
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I had the Olympic carrier, but I sent it back because it is not any longer that the factory one.
do u mean the one i posted the link for???
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The adapters and extenders still don't address the weight on the tailgate issue. You need to get the spare off the tailgate. That's the reall issue. Eventually it will crack yjr tailgate. Hell, a 31 started working on my TG hinges.
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Yes, the one you have the link to is not much different then the stock carrier, its a little beefier but if your using a stock rim and larger tire like 32'' and up it won't work. Its kinda anoying.
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The adapters and extenders still don't address the weight on the tailgate issue. You need to get the spare off the tailgate. That's the reall issue. Eventually it will crack yjr tailgate. Hell, a 31 started working on my TG hinges.
so basically i need to buy a swing carrier
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Yes, the one you have the link to is not much different then the stock carrier, its a little beefier but if your using a stock rim and larger tire like 32'' and up it won't work. Its kinda anoying.
but im not using the stock rim it the cragar 397 15X8, would that still work?

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