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Old 03-28-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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swing out spare tire mounted to the factory

Any one ever make there own swing out tire holder with the factory bumber. I have a welder and tools and was thinking of making and was looking for some ideas.

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Old 03-28-2010, 09:54 PM   #3
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I thought I have seen some on a Jeep or two but do not know where to get one nor how to fab one. Standing by though, to see how it could be done. I am interested.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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You could....but you would be better off starting from scratch with a peice of square tubing for the bumper, i belive the stock bumper is only c chanel and wouldnt hold up good with the weight of the frame work and spare tire on it. Just my opinion though.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:06 PM   #5
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I have a custom bumper with a swing-out wheel and it is a PAIN to open. I think I need to lube it up or somethin'
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wow DO NOT mount a spare tire carrier onto your stock bumper, that thing is weak.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:08 AM   #7
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just get one of these bumpers. i just found out about there today but from what ive read they are really good and strong. and pretty decently priced. only thing ive read bad about these are they take a while to get because the guy makes they as they are ordered.

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Right now his auctions are showing a 2 week turn-around time...not bad at all, especially for the price.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:17 AM   #9
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Pull the stock bumper off, you'll quickly see its inadequacies as a mounting point. You're better off with a specific tire carrier bumper or a HighRock 4X4 Oversize Tire Carrier from Bestop.
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just get one of these bumpers. i just found out about there today but from what ive read they are really good and strong. and pretty decently priced. only thing ive read bad about these are they take a while to get because the guy makes they as they are ordered.

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I got one of his rear bumpers (without a swing out carrier, with receiver hitch and one D-ring mount) and it is quite sturdy and has taken quite a few good rock hits.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:00 PM   #11
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Well If i use the factory bumper i will have to brace it up. Just thought it would be different and cheap I'll keep you guys updated. if anyone has ideas post them here.
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Well you can brace it up, but the price and work you put into that youre way better off buying a rear bumper + tire carrier or fabbing one onto a aftermarket rear bumper. That stock rear bumper is like 10 lbs, aftermarkets are like 30-40lbs, it makes a huge difference.
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Well i started my swing out tire carrier and I will mount it to the factory bumper. Here is a couple of pictures of how its comming out !
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Swing-out project

I removed the factory bumper and made this out of 3/16 4x4 steel tube.


Then installed it. Made the bumper hangers to match what was on the original. 3 bolts per side.


Then I built this and decided it was too tall and cut the vertical down 4".

Wound up with this.


After everything installed I found there was still flex with the swing-out in the open position so we reinforced under the frame.



Now when I swing it out and lift or pull down the whole jeep moves.
This project took more time than it should have because I didn't really have a plan so wound up re-fabricating and doing some cutting but was a fun project and it is solid.

On a side note. I used to manufacture carwash equipment and sold the retail end of it but kept the manufacturing building and shop which is now my so-called "hobby shop" and I am semi-retired so I have time on my hands.
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Wow looks good! What did you use for the latch ? Havent figgured that out yet. I'm almost done but thought about adding some angled steel off the triangle sides for a jerry can and a high lift. I will post a build thred when i'm done. This is my very first fab project and its amazing what you can do with a Chop saw,angle grinder and a welder. Not to mention I have a place right down the street to buy steel cheap.
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Wow looks good! What did you use for the latch ? Havent figgured that out yet. I'm almost done but thought about adding some angled steel off the triangle sides for a jerry can and a high lift. I will post a build thred when i'm done. This is my very first fab project and its amazing what you can do with a Chop saw,angle grinder and a welder. Not to mention I have a place right down the street to buy steel cheap.
I'll post some tight pics of what I used for a latch later this evening.
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I'll post some tight pics of what I used for a latch later this evening.
Good I have a few ideas now but still looking.
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Latchng device

The latching came from Toggle Clamps, and it was cheap. They make a heavier duty one that has a locking hook for double safety but could not find it on the net so I ordered the one that you see. it was $7 or $8. I didn't use their hook that it latches to but made one out of 1/4" x 1" angle and had to notch it and then welded to the bumper.


To make sure it wouldn't open You can see the handle insets into a piece of 3/8"x3/4" tubing that I notched out and drilled a hole in. Right now I'm using a lock but I want to use a friction pin tied to a wire so I don't lose it. I did this just to make sure it didn't pop open while driving anywhere.



For the swing arm I bought this item from JeepTubes.com and it's very sturdy with balbearing top and bottom. To the right of the swing arm I welded another 1/4" x 1" angle iron to act as a stop because it will swing all the way around if you don't.





I have a few more things to do to it. I want to put another set of tail lights up higher maybe off the upper rack. Not sure yet but will play around and decide.

Anyway this is what I did and it will give you some ideas for your tire carrier. Just keep in mind it will wind up fairly heavy if you are going to larger tires and mine are only 32's and then add a gas can and a jack there is some weight there. Good luck on whatever you chose to do.
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Well i finnished all but the paint and it works very well. I am going to post a build thred with pictures in the builders corner forum if anyone is interested.

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