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Old 11-01-2006, 07:25 AM   #1
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Spare Tire Carrier....or not

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I've upgraded my set of wheels/tires to 32's and got the extension to fit my spare with the factory carrier. I've been reading a bunch of threads on here where some people suggest that it cracks over time. Is this true with 32's as well? Tire carriers are so expensive! Should I look into one though?
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:57 AM   #2
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you can find some for $400 which is about the cheapest you'll find. i'd look into one though. i'd start saving up. it sure wouldn't hurt and no worries about cracking or bending (which can happen like you said) and it looks a lot better anyway

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Old 11-01-2006, 09:55 AM   #3
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Thanks bigjeep. I guess I have to start saving for it. Any preferences on brands? I would prefer not to drill but hook it up to my factory bumper if possible. Cheers
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Old 11-01-2006, 10:28 AM   #4
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well i found this one on ebay...it looks GREAT and it seems to be very very good and sturdy. personally i would give it a shot. it looks really good. but you may not be like me and you may rather have a brand name carrier. chillired just did a writeup on the LOD carrier a few weeks ago. its really cheap too. its around $400 or less

anyway here is the ebay one

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/REAR-...spagenameZWDVW

actually 2

i like this one (below) the best of the 2

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JEEP-...spagenameZWDVW

looks SUPER GOOD. even better than the Warn and other carriers in my opinion.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:09 PM   #5
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They both look great! thanks! Although right now I was looking for something I could adapt onto the factory bumper. I already have a hitch too. If I get these I'll need to figure out how to place the 3rd brake light and would also want to maybe match the front bumper...jeezzz...I see the signs all over again $$$$.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:51 PM   #6
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lol. i believe bestop makes a carrier that would work with the stock bumper. maybe quadratec has some other ones too.
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:13 AM   #7
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ive been kind of dissapointed that i have to pay all this money for a tire carrier now that im going with 33-35" tires in the next month. i dont have 400 to pop on something as one-dimensional as that. ill prob end up driving around without a spare for a couple months, i dont see people popping 33-35" tires very often with how thick the teeth on them are.
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Old 11-02-2006, 09:41 AM   #8
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Irrelevant the first time you get a flat and have to be: 1. recovered to a point where a tow truck will pick you up and then, 2. Towed home for something as silly as not having a spare. It will make that $400 insignificant!
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Old 11-02-2006, 10:27 AM   #9
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Yeah towing can get expensive even with a motorclub membership. I've been through that.
So I am assuming the stock jack doesn't help with 32's and would have to get a high lift jack right? Actually the bumper/tire carriers that bigjeep suggested from barnes4wd.com (or their ebay store) look great and are cheaper than most other brands. Gotta lower those credit card balances to make this one more expense lol :-)
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Old 11-02-2006, 10:32 AM   #10
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I'm facing the same dilemma, Leo. $$$. One mod begats another seems to be the theme
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Old 11-02-2006, 05:47 PM   #11
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Your stock jack will do fine. I have used it on my 33's and seen it used on 35's. You do not want to use a hi-lift for changing a tire unless its a last resort.
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Yeah towing can get expensive even with a motorclub membership. I've been through that.
So I am assuming the stock jack doesn't help with 32's and would have to get a high lift jack right? Actually the bumper/tire carriers that bigjeep suggested from barnes4wd.com (or their ebay store) look great and are cheaper than most other brands. Gotta lower those credit card balances to make this one more expense lol :-)
yeah i really like the one from barnes4wd.com
it just looks soo good for some reason. its the best looking one i've seen so far. and the material that it is built out of is very good! and it says it holds up to 40" tire and they use them on there rigs. and dang it looks soo good on that jeep
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:24 AM   #13
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Thanks Scoob. I guess I gotta save money for the tire carrier now. The one from barnes4wd looks nice, I gotta make sure it's easy to install and don't need special tools or anything. Thanks again guys
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:35 PM   #14
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http://www.4x4xplor.com/lod/products...70a4c4e3193875

this is the one I might end up getting
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Old 11-03-2006, 05:25 PM   #15
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I just installed the LOD Heavy duty bumper and tire carrier. I love it!! It's the best one avaliable for the money. I would have been just as happy if it would have cost $200 more.
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So...question. Was it easy to install? I live in a condo so I don't have lots of tools like heavy duty drills and stuff.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:33 AM   #17
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All you really need is a couple torx bits and a few wrenches. You will also need a cord less drill and a 1/8 and a 1/2 drill bit and a saw to cut the factory rubber bumps that are on your tailgate. I did mine in my front yard with no help. I spent about 2 hours with it. Having someone help you hold it will make things go a lot faster. Over all I would have to say its very easy to install.
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I ran a 33 on the stock tire carrier and it busted about a year into it. I then put the bestop tire carrier on and it was a nice setup. I had to drill a few holes in the body and it needs some minor mods to a bolt that holds the main part, unless they fixed it by now. But over all for the money it was fine.
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Old 11-04-2006, 08:16 PM   #19
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Thanks!
I'm heading to FL for Thanksgiving so I may do it out there since it's warmer than here. I've looked at the bestop too, pretty cheap compared to the rest. Thanks again!
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Your stock jack will do fine. I have used it on my 33's and seen it used on 35's. You do not want to use a hi-lift for changing a tire unless its a last resort.
Scoob, you must like cranking on a jack all day. The stock jack on 33's or 35's? The high lift is th only way to go. Gets the job done right now and off a bumper or better yet, your sliders.

I run 31's and certainly wouldn't think of using the stock jack.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:39 AM   #21
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As always, it boils down to personal preferance: we have both a high lift & a bottle jack......don't know why (I'll ask Frank), I see him using the bottle jack more often than the high lift.
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Hey i just wanted to second what HANK said about LoD its been treaten me well and the price was great! I wrote a review on the carrier on this cite relatively recently if you are interested
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:45 PM   #23
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Thanks again for all the feedback. I may have to buy somewhere where they can install since I don't have a lot of tools. And, I am keeping my stock jack then...lol
The LOD's look really cool, very similar looking to the barnes4wd, right?
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:15 AM   #24
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One more question. I found another relatively cheap solution: http://4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?pid=5801 Now, does rear frame crossmember mean that I can take the factory bumper off, attach this swing carrier and put the factory bumper back on?
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you will use the factory bumper with this. but did you know it says its best for UP to 31" tall? its probably not much better than the stock one
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Oops, you're right, thank you. I got a quote from a place in FL for the Bestop 279.99 plus 150 install. I may end up doing that for now till I can afford a nicer front/rear/bumper-carrier combo.
Thanks bigjeep!
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:08 PM   #27
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no problem. i think the bestop one sounds like a good plan although it may be a little pricey. personally i would do a rear bumper/carrier since its already $280. but i understand you want to keep the factory bumper and you would want them to match and would have to buy a front to match so i say go for it!
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:48 PM   #28
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decisions...decisions....
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decisions...decisions....
get the LoD.

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"How to intall LoD rear bumper"
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I know...I'm still looking around but does anyone have these or know about them?
http://miami.craigslist.org/pts/224293382.html

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