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11-18-2013 12:37 PM
Spine of God I bought a bumper with a tire carrier. The 33 was squeaking and rattling on the stock spot on the tailgate. My Jeep came without a rear bumper, so I had no proper recovery points. My cross frame was bent a little from the former dude using it to recover at some point. So I beat it straight and we just welded the bumper to the Jeep. With the receiver, I can put the rack back there and carry extra stuff too. The one I chose is a direct rip off of Smittybuilt, but waaaaayy cheaper. shipped.

I had to widen the slot for the release handle, drill a hole to drain water out of the back of the catch, slot the holes for the tire carrier, took a dead blow to assemble the top part of the tire carrier. . . No biggie.

bumper/tire carrier I bought

Smittybuilt's exact bumper, but with only a 2 inch receiver, not rated for towing. lame. The one I chose has a class III receiver. not lame.
Smittybilt SRC Classic Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier, D-Rings & D-Ring Mounts - SB-76651D
11-18-2013 07:47 AM
dreamzx93 I just got my tire carrier in and thought it was a good idea to use gasket maker so it wouldn't hold water or be metal to metal and possibly rattling

Attachment 523026

Seems to work fine, anyone else done this
11-11-2013 10:50 PM
Neil F. I've had a 33 12.5 on my stock carrier for over 6 years. No issues.
11-11-2013 07:56 PM
Apoc1528 I have a 33X12.5 spare on the stock swing. When I close it, it hits the stock bumper just a bit. Gotta give it a good push. Seems as if bumper holds some of the weight. No problems with my swing in the last year and a half.
11-11-2013 07:41 PM
Water Dog If you don't like the hockey pucks, you can do the same thing by using a second set of the factory type bumpers (available at Quadratec) then cutting the round end off to whatever length you need to make extensions.
11-11-2013 08:24 AM
Originally Posted by dreamzx93 View Post
Looks good.... How visible is that or is hidden behind the tire?
They stay pretty much hidden behind the tire. The hardest part was finding a long enough bolt to use that still had a small enough head in order to use a ratchet on.
11-11-2013 08:06 AM
dreamzx93 Looks good.... How visible is that or is hidden behind the tire?
11-10-2013 10:51 PM
Originally Posted by dreamzx93 View Post
Unfortunately I don't have a hitch that looks like a good idea. Anyone know where I can find a kit to extend the bumper stops
You can see some of the hockey pucks I used in this photo. You can also see the 1" pvc sections I used to raise my 3rd brake light.
11-10-2013 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by dreamzx93 View Post
Unfortunately I don't have a hitch that looks like a good idea. Anyone know where I can find a kit to extend the bumper stops
Sporting good store/ hockey pucks as has been mentioned
11-10-2013 08:56 PM
dreamzx93 Unfortunately I don't have a hitch that looks like a good idea. Anyone know where I can find a kit to extend the bumper stops
11-10-2013 10:55 AM
CJChet I use this method on my CJ7, you might look into it! Cheap and easy.

11-10-2013 10:18 AM
Water Dog
Originally Posted by mseat View Post
Water dog that is an extremely good looking jeep.
Thank you.
11-10-2013 09:11 AM
mseat Water dog that is an extremely good looking jeep.
11-10-2013 08:11 AM
BLK00TJ My 33 has been on there for a few years with no problems. I do have aftermarket hinges though. I used hockey pucks to space the rubber bumpers out further.
11-10-2013 07:23 AM
dreamzx93 Is there a place to get a kit to extend bumpers? I just got the rugged ridge carrier.
11-10-2013 03:19 AM
DavidW954 I don't think a 33 spare will even fit on a stock carrier because it hits the stock bumper. Mine didn't fit, at least with a 15x8 wheel with 3.75" backspace.

I've got the Rugged Ridge HD carrier, but the most important thing is making sure that you extend the rubber bumpers on the tailgate that push against the tyre when it's mounted. They are fundamental in keeping the tyre stable and take a lot of the load off the tailgate. It's not really a weight issue. My 33" tyre on an alloy wheel is only about 11lbs heavier than a stock steel wheel and tyre.
11-09-2013 10:04 PM
dreamzx93 if you use the stock one do you have to put some spacers back there to keep it from moving around.
11-09-2013 05:36 PM
Eckoh I have an exogate and highly recommend the product. I have yet to find anyone who owns one that is unhappy with it.
11-09-2013 05:20 PM
Barmanvarn It's not the size but really it's the weight that matters. I ran 33x12.5x15 with no probs for a year.

Upgraded my carrier when I went to 35s last month.
11-09-2013 05:18 PM
Digger84 If I did not already have a swing mounted to my steel corner armor I would consider exogate as you get support without extra hassle when opening the rear gate
11-09-2013 04:59 PM
dreamzx93 What about the rugged ridge one
11-09-2013 04:37 PM
Water Dog I've had my 33 on one of these carriers HyLine OffRoad 300200100 - HyLine OffRoad Oversized Spare Tire Adaptor Bracket for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec for the past couple of years without issues. I think 33's are the biggest that is recommended for the tailgate though.
11-09-2013 04:22 PM
33 12.5 15 Tire Carrier Tailgate Bent

I have a 33 12.5 15 spare on the way and heard the extra weight can put a beating on the tail gate. I've heard of 33's bending tail gates. Is this true? Is there something I can do to use the stock carrier to keep this bending/stress from happening? Is there a simple carrier I can buy that does not cost a lot that will keep it from getting beat up?


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