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AussieDave 09-15-2007 12:26 AM

my home made tyre carrier
here is the tyre carrier i've made. i used a slam shut latch and sub axle.
I also made a replacement bumper which doubles as a towbar.

There are really 2 stages to this carrier. ONe for around town where the tyre sits nice and close to the tailgate, and 2 where you can bolt on 2 jerry can holders for camping.

Here is a rear shot with the jerry cans on

and from another angle


no tyre now

and now with no jerry can holders on

There you go

AzTJ 09-15-2007 12:42 AM

Now that is pretty damn cool! I love how you can just take the can holders off and cinch up the tire closer to the body. Is it just a regular door type latch that holds it closed?

amy 09-15-2007 12:51 AM

Hey, that's really cool! Great job.

4Jeepn 09-15-2007 04:52 AM

looks good.. how do you open the slam shut lock thing?

Levinoss 09-15-2007 10:33 AM

WoW +10 rep


4point 09-15-2007 11:46 AM

That is the nicest looking home-built unit I seen. You got some real skills there.

Walkeraviator 09-15-2007 01:15 PM

i suggest patent and sell to bigger company...

skeeter 09-15-2007 01:59 PM

That is COOL!!!!

AussieDave 09-16-2007 06:29 AM

the slam shut latch actually is a car door latch, it's called a bear claw slam shut latch or a rotary latch. These things will hold as tight as your car door, so no worries,

kind of hard to see in the pics but i've put a lever on the latch that releases the latch once pressed down.

this pic may help

Triple88a 09-16-2007 10:25 AM

i thought it was a hood release thingy but anyhow, great great job :)

debruins 09-16-2007 12:07 PM

looks GREAT!

reddirtdog 09-16-2007 12:31 PM

tire carrier
It looks great-you got skils-now do you have a blue print or diagram wtih the measurments on it?

OdhinnsChick 09-16-2007 01:02 PM

where can I buy one? :D

naterg 09-16-2007 02:44 PM


Originally Posted by OdhinnsChick (Post 137120)
where can I buy one? :D


AussieDave 09-16-2007 06:42 PM

blue print,

I've got 3D cad for it,
all detailed 2D drawings for it
and laser files as well.

And for those interested, you'll have to wait till i move to america in a years time, as shipping from australia would be a killer.

Levinoss 09-16-2007 06:48 PM

Did you do the welding your self?


OdhinnsChick 09-16-2007 07:01 PM

I can wait! Put me first on your list! :D

AussieDave 09-16-2007 09:21 PM

yes I welded it myself. ( believe it or not i'm an engieer who can weld/machine/fabricate) I've also made a front bumper which houses a warn 8274 high mount winch

I'd be happy to sell the CAD/drawings/and laser files to an american manufacturing company. Or they can offer me a job, would have to be in the san diego area as thats where my wife is from.

RIPBiker13 09-16-2007 09:31 PM

I've been trying to come up with an exceptable design for a tire carrier. I LOVE your idea for the door latch. The unit looks GREAT and I love the fact you can run jerry cans, or remove them if you don't need them.

Levinoss 09-16-2007 09:32 PM

The reason why I asked is because those welds look top notch.

I saw some welds saturday that I cringed at on some rigs. Chicken S**T welds if you know what I mean. What type of welder did you use on those?


AussieDave 09-16-2007 10:25 PM

was an ESAB 255amp mig welder.

good welds come with practice.

i've left room to bolt on an axle and shovel carrier as well. just havn't made the bkts yet.

also, the hole thing is powder coated to 255 hours salt spray spec.

naterg 09-16-2007 10:58 PM


Originally Posted by AussieDave (Post 137314)
was an ESAB 255amp mig welder.

good welds come with practice.

i've left room to bolt on an axle and shovel carrier as well. just havn't made the bkts yet.

also, the hole thing is powder coated to 255 hours salt spray spec.

Well, I am goin to start saving my money right now, because as soon as you move stateside, I want to purchase one for sure.

MOz 09-17-2007 10:54 AM

Nice job mate!

skeeter 09-17-2007 11:02 AM

What do you use to bend your tubing?
I've been drooling over the ones Harbor freight carries but I'm not sure how well they work.

Steelman 09-17-2007 11:29 AM

Looks only criticism would be to lose that rear tow hook. Looks like a real 'grabber'! You could obviously use a shackle in the rear hitch.

AussieDave 09-17-2007 06:16 PM

that is the same sort of bender i used. however i did get a new die that fit the pipe better and doesnt deform it on the radius. The die was as much as the bender. My only complaint about the die, is how large the radius is. 190mm. The die was made from an australian company called dawn. Im sure you';ll have ones just as good if not better in the states.

cnt487 09-17-2007 08:51 PM

A freakin mazing!! I envy your skills man, VERY NICE!!

nicolas-eric 09-17-2007 09:06 PM

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man that´s the best looking tire carrier i´ve ever seen !
i wish i could do such a great work !


Triple88a 09-17-2007 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by AussieDave (Post 136702)

BTW i just noticed your license plate.. hmm i bet it is the best place to be lol :flipoff:

solo97tj 09-18-2007 01:34 PM

looks go cant even see them from the back

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