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burton861 01-15-2013 12:24 PM

Custom Slanted Tire Carrier for Trektop and ORH
 
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After 5 years of having a 35 inch tire on my stock carrier, I had always wanted a heavy duty tire carrier. I got a trektop a year ago, and I felt like there was something missing with the tire placement! Last summer I was pulling a friend out of a mud pit and he didn't brake once he was out (and I had stopped) and he slammed into my tire and cracked the carrier- I wasn't even that mad because now I had the perfect excuse to get one! I saw the slanted tire carriers from HD customs but I didn't want to spend $1400 when I already had a steel bumper. Then I saw a tread on JKowners where a guy converted his LOD tire carrier to a slanted carrier, and I decided to do something similar. While not everything is the same as his, all of the concepts are and he did a great job!

I started by getting a heavy duty spindle with reinforcement bracket from comp4x4, cutting a hole in my bumper and welding it in. Then came the arm off of hinge, and on the second try we had the perfect bend and placement of the first slanted arm. The backing plate also took two tries (its harder than you'd think to get those holes in the perfect spot!).

After that I got the vertical tube up, and the slanted one off of that and the actual tire plate as well. The vertical beam rests on a little "seat" on the backing plate when shut, and it is slanted on purpose because of the way it opens and closes with the tailgate. There is also a rubber bumper on the backing plate to keep the carrier nice and tight against the tailgate when shut.

I added gussets to strengthen the joints, and mounted the license plate under the tire and ran the lights from the original spot.

There is a heim joint that links the carrier to the tailgate, and they open and close smoothly! I have only driven with it for one day, and so far everything seems great!

Im gonna get some pictures to help explain everything and I hope you like it!

burton861 01-15-2013 12:27 PM

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More pictures...

kramer2k 01-15-2013 12:27 PM

That is so awesome! :cool:

It really frees up the space under your tire for other mounting options (fuel, water, Hi-Lift, etc) as well.

So much for rear visibility though. Who needs ya'! :rofl:

burton861 01-15-2013 12:31 PM

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The last two pictures in this post are showing how the vertical beam sits on the shelf- in the first one it is closed and resting on the shelf, and in the second one it is fully open, and you can see that it just moves to the left a few inches. So that is the reason the self is slanted like that

tabber02 01-15-2013 12:33 PM

nice fab job! :thumb:

burton861 01-15-2013 12:33 PM

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And here is a picture of the heim joint that links the two. This shot is pointing up, and the heim goes from behind the license plate to right next to the rubber bumper.

basecamper 01-15-2013 12:57 PM

Awesome job!! :thumb:

NCJeepin 01-15-2013 01:05 PM

Looks freaking sweet!:thumb: Not much visibility out of the rear window though.. but oh well!

SullyRock71 01-15-2013 01:55 PM

That looks awesome! Nice job! :thumb:

rbye05 01-15-2013 02:25 PM

looks great you need to make these i would buy

Jaker jk 01-15-2013 09:55 PM

Welcome to the slant back club , mine is built off a smittybilt XRC
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appleman46 01-15-2013 10:03 PM

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Bad ass guys.

allblackedout 01-15-2013 10:09 PM

Oh man i want one! Does any company make one?

burton861 01-15-2013 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by allblackedout
Oh man i want one! Does any company make one?

Yeah HD customs used to for about $1400 but I think they are out of business or taking a break or something.

Jaker jk 01-15-2013 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by NCJeepin (Post 3231959)
Looks freaking sweet!:thumb: Not much visibility out of the rear window though.. but oh well!

That's where this comes in
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Jaker jk 01-15-2013 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by allblackedout (Post 3234435)
Oh man i want one! Does any company make one?

About the only active place I know
JK Skewer

burton861 01-16-2013 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaker jk

That's where this comes in

Jaker, what camera is that? And is it good quality day and night? I've been looking for a good quality camera

Jaker jk 01-16-2013 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by burton861 (Post 3235534)
Jaker, what camera is that? And is it good quality day and night? I've been looking for a good quality camera

It's a great camera for the price , I didn't want to spend a lot because of where it is mounted , I am happy with been running it for a year now

Amazon.com: 9 LED Car Rear View Reverse Backup Camera Night Vision: Car Electronics

allblackedout 01-16-2013 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaker jk

About the only active place I know
JK Skewer

Thanks

COStrider 01-16-2013 08:39 AM

Nice work. Looks super custom.

NCJeepin 01-16-2013 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaker jk (Post 3234547)
That's where this comes in

Very nice, great idea!:thumb:

Dunkin_D 03-22-2013 07:53 AM

Does anybody know if this is legal to drive like this in PA? I know there are trucks where you cant see out your rear view mirror but not sure in this case.

I just got 35'' tires and was thinking about doing something like this since I know a place that could make it for me.

Jaker jk 03-22-2013 08:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Dunkin_D (Post 3537840)
Does anybody know if this is legal to drive like this in PA? I know there are trucks where you cant see out your rear view mirror but not sure in this case.

I just got 35'' tires and was thinking about doing something like this since I know a place that could make it for me.

I can't see any reason why it would be illegal , trucks with no windows , vans with no windows , car tinted with crap all over the windows

The only thing I can maybe see being a issue is third brake light

mrbullitt 03-22-2013 08:32 AM

Sweet!!! Only thing for me is I would want the ability to hinge it. SO it could be slanted with the top off and straight up and down when the top is on.

Dunkin_D 03-22-2013 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaker jk (Post 3537865)
I can't see any reason why it would be illegal , trucks with no windows , vans with no windows , car tinted with crap all over the windows

The only thing I can maybe see being a issue is third brake light

Yeah I just talked to a local cop and he said its illegal but only cops looking for something to do will pull you over for it. Kinda weird because like you said moving trucks dont have rear view mirror vision.

As far as inspection I will just remove the tire so it can pass inspection if there is an issue.

Flynn 03-22-2013 01:09 PM

Looks great guys!

I don't want to hijack the thread but I drive a Van everyday that has no rear windows and no rear view mirror. If you got pulled over and they gave you a ticket for that than I would fight that big time. I can barely see out my rear view in my Jk with the spare tire, wiper housing and the rear seat head rests.

The lack of a third brake light will get you some attention I would think.

Jaker jk 03-23-2013 01:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Dunkin_D (Post 3538045)
Yeah I just talked to a local cop and he said its illegal but only cops looking for something to do will pull you over for it. Kinda weird because like you said moving trucks dont have rear view mirror vision.

As far as inspection I will just remove the tire so it can pass inspection if there is an issue.

Yeah that is weird I have a few guys I wheel with who are cops and they love my carrier

Was a cop a friend or just a some cop , if it was just some cop I can see why he said that

Most cops will always say its illegal because that is easier to say without getting into it

Dunkin_D 03-25-2013 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaker jk (Post 3541136)
Yeah that is weird I have a few guys I wheel with who are cops and they love my carrier

Was a cop a friend or just a some cop , if it was just some cop I can see why he said that

Most cops will always say its illegal because that is easier to say without getting into it

Yeah the cop was a friend but I was expecting that answer anyways. I am still up in the air on what I want to do. But before anything I need to wait for my ORH top.

Jaker jk 03-25-2013 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Dunkin_D (Post 3549269)
Yeah the cop was a friend but I was expecting that answer anyways. I am still up in the air on what I want to do. But before anything I need to wait for my ORH top.

Then did you ask him why it is illegal

Dunkin_D 03-25-2013 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaker jk (Post 3549290)
Then did you ask him why it is illegal

It was thru text so I just left it at that. I honestly think I wont get any crap for it but I just wanted to see what he would say.

Also I know it prob wont pass inspection so I would just remove the tire when that is up


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