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Old 12-06-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Tire Carrier Spacer? 97 tj

What do you think of the Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Spacer?

Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Spacer, Textured Black

Any problems with this? I have 33x12.5x17 tires. I read one review and they said it made noise while driving.....I'm not sure how it could make noise unless it was not mounted properly!

Thanks for any input!

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Old 12-06-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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Hockey pucks are much cheaper. That's what I used and unless you were looking for them, you'd probably never notice them. For my third brake light, I cut a few pieces of PVC and used longer bolts to raise it up over the tire.

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Old 12-06-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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+1 on the hockey pucks. I himmed and hawed for a few months checking out everything from heavy duty brackets to swing out tire carriers. Finally said the hell with it and bought a bag of hockey pucks, stacked them x2 for each bumper and the factory tire mount hasn't made a sound. Trimmed the edges to follow the edge of the rubber bumpers and you really can't tell they used to be hockey pucks.
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x3 on the Hockey pucks. Used electrical conduit to raise the rear center brake light.
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Pictures of pucks please
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:08 AM   #6
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Pictures of pucks please
Will do when I get it back tonight. It's getting a new radiator and water pump as we... well, as I type anyway...
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Here you go.... They have been on only a few months but I haven't had a squeek, rattle, nothing.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:29 PM   #9
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What do you think of the Rugged Ridge Tire Carrier Spacer?
I would avoid it. The reason being is that the spacer adds to the leverage the spare tire has against the tailgate and OE bracket which is not good. The OE bracket is barely up to a 33x12.50 spare as it is, adding a spacer onto it so a bigger heavier tire can be mounted without additional support can just cause problems. My OE bracket cracked and failed within months of mounting a 33x12.50 spare tire on a light aluminum wheel.
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Here you go.... They have been on only a few months but I haven't had a squeek, rattle, nothing.
Holy cow. I though mine had a little backspacing. I only needed one per for my 3-5/16 MT wheels. I never trimmed mine. I just left them round except for the ones I needed to cut to fit (bottom and top right by the hinge).

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