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Old 02-05-2015, 05:14 PM
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AEV tire carrier

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I have searched and cannot find any info on this site. I recently received my AEV bumper and tire carrier. I love it but my only complaint is nowhere did it say you could not use a 15" wheel with the tire carrier. I have called AEV twice, left a message and have not received a call back. Not the biggest deal because I will make it work. I was wondering if any of you had to modify this thing to work. The problem is with the turnbuckle mount on the tire carrier. It hits the inside of the wheel and will not allow the tire to "pinch" up against the tubes as designed.

There are two options I thought of. "U" bolting three poly spacers on the tubes so the tire will squeeze up against those. The other option I was thinking of and leaning more towards was cutting the wheel mount plate off of the 2" by 2" receiver, relocating it lower on the receiver and welding it back on. This would allow the tire to squeeze up against the tubes as designed.

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Have you tried the AEV forum?
I have the AEV tire carrier and bumper but have AEV wheels. I am having a hard time understanding why it would not fit. The tire mount is adjustable (in and out) as you probably already knew that. The turnbuckle is shimmed or raised by multiple washers on mine. Can you post pictures of how it hits so it would be easier to see/understand the problem.
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Here is a picture of the wheel hitting the carrier side of the turnbuckle mount
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I see your problem now... Thanks for the picture!

I think you are going to have to go with your plan "cutting the wheel mount plate off of the 2" by 2" receiver, relocating it lower on the receiver and welding it back on. This would allow the tire to squeeze up against the tubes as designed."

I have seen pictures where someone did that because they did not like the fact that AEV off centers the tire slightly to the right side of the vehicle in order to give more access to the tailgate handle. I cannot find the pictures of the jeep that moved the tire back to the center right now. I will see if I can find them and if I do I will post a link to them.

With your situation I think moving the tire toward the left especially if the turnbuckle is still in the center (top to bottom) is your best option.

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Duh.... Your right all I need to do is move it to the side to clear the wheel. The tire being offset never really bothered me but since I am going to relocate the bracket anyways, I may as well center it. Thanks....

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