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Jo1175 05-21-2013 09:00 AM

OEM Spare Tire Carrier Mod for JK Rim and Tire
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I put a set of 2010 18in Sahara rims and tires on my 05 TJ. I was looking for a thread on it and could not find one, so i figured i would take some pics and post it. The bolt spacing is different, as most people know, and also tire size is 32.2. I didnt want to spend the money on a new tire carrier or a bumper mounted carrier. Total cost was $48 after buying one adapter and 3 stock front wheel studs. Maybe another $15 if you had to go buy the extra items. I used some hardware, rubber mudflap that I cut to extend the rubber tailgate rubber stops and some 1in PVC pipe I had laying around to extend the brake light, and a Can of chassis flat paint for touch up. I've read on here you can go up to 33in tires with the stock carrier... I don't think it's that much heavier then a rubicon tire that came on TJ's.

1) Cut off old wheel studs on carrier flush and grind flat

2) Drill 1/2 holes 1 1/2in or so above the old wheel stud locations.... You cant go too high.. I also widened the holes a little.

3) Grind the spurs and bevel the new studs so the can be pulled into the hole. Sort of the same when you change any stud.. Its Almost like its pressed in. Mine were close to the back of the old I flattened one side of the stud so when it is pulled into the hole... It won't spin... You can see in the picture.

4) Use a lug and a bigger nut so you can tighten the stud and pull it in flush.

5) Then I mounted my adapter.

6) I cut 4 pieces of the PVC pipe...about 3 in long to raise the brake light. You can make it higher if needed...I used 4 4in bolts.

7) The bottom bumper hit the tire fine... The right and left needed to be moved out about an inch... All tires are different.. So measure. I cut 4 pieces of mudflap and got 2 longer bolts to attach it into the same hole. Don't over tighten... It will strip. The will be held in place with the tire anyway so it doesn't need to be supper tight.

At the end my tire was about 3/4in from the top of the bumper and it seems strong. The good thing is if I take the tires off and go back to the stock tires it will still fit the carrier.

Atthehop 05-21-2013 09:09 AM

I guess if you like 18" tire prices your fine. 15" tires are much cheaper. I wonder why the PO took off the 18's.

Jo1175 05-21-2013 09:43 AM

I see tons of sets on Craigslist from $400 to $1000..... I picked up my set of 5 with less then 5k and the spare being brand new for $400.... So many jks are upgrading to diff rim and tires I'm guessing

Rayko 05-21-2013 09:53 AM

What did you do to fit the 4 JK rims on the Jeep itself? Wheel spacers, with a diff lug pattern?

Jo1175 05-21-2013 10:04 AM

Yeah... Got a set of spidertrax wheel adapters to fit the JK wheels on... Cost $190.... I like the look with the JK I needed tires. I likes the JK 17 in rims too but haven't seen a set for the right price.

Jo1175 05-22-2013 06:06 AM

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Neil F. 05-22-2013 06:34 AM

Good you adjusted the bumpers on the back to maintain contact with the tire. That is very important to the tailgate and carrier that they do not bounce around. It looks like you did not adjust the bottom one on the tub. If extended will that one touch the tire or because of the bigger rim, hit the rim? You should extend that one also. If necessary, make a new hole and move it down as necessary to hit the tire.

Jo1175 05-22-2013 08:35 AM

Absolutely! I didn't need to extend the bottom bumper..that hit the tire which was good.... Its actually a bigger bumper too...The others touched up against the rim cause its much larger then the 15 inch rim that was mounted before... it has all 3 points touching.

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