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Old 10-04-2014, 07:45 AM
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Stock tire carrier vs 35 12.50

I just bought a 35 12.50, for a spare. Will my stock tire carrier hold it with the stock bumper?

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Old 10-04-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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I have a 33" spare on my stock carrier and there is just enough clearance between the tire and bumper. I have read that some people have used the stock carrier with 35" tires, but the problem is that they are too heavy for the stock hinges and carrier. The door starts to sag after a while and some have reported broken spot welds. Take a look at the Terraflex heavy duty hinge.

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Old 10-04-2014, 09:52 AM   #3
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I run a 35x13.50x20 spare. It is certainly heavy. I have ran it for almost a year and it is holding up. I have taken it on two trail runs and it is starting to rattle. I would not recommend it for the long term. Save 700.00 and buy the Teraflex HD hinge kit or even more for a rear bumper/tire carrier.
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If you can prevent the wheel/tire from vibrating it will have plenty of strength, vibration is the problem, not weight. This is key, if it is allowed to vibrate things start tearing apart. I would also recommend against getting any aftermarket carrier that relies upon the tailgate. If the tire catches something going up a ledge it will not take it well and will damage the tailgate. I think Daystar sells longer rubber isolators if your wheel backspacing prevents the tire from rubbing against the stock isolators.
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As long as you stay on smooth roads the carrier will hold up to some degree. As soon as you start going off road the 35" tire will destroy the tailgate and win by knockout.
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Thanks for all the info, y'all. I talked to the guys at 4 Wheel Parts and they showed me a brace that will keep it from ruining my tailgate. I think the $130 will be well spent.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:45 PM
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I got the Best Top tire carrier I told you about. Puttin it on Thursday! !
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:25 AM   #8
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Stock carrier is good for the stock wheel +55lbs. You should be ok around town what not but like Spinlock said as soon as you get that thing bouncing around it's a different story. Personally I would remove the rear seat and throw it in the back if I planned on getting crazy.
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Personally I would remove the rear seat and throw it in the back if I planned on getting crazy.[/QUOTE]

That's a great idea!!!
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37 on factory carrier. The key is to keep it from bouncing around. I have the Daystar stops shoved in between the tire/hate.

I know ... Still risky
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The Bestop/Smittybilt style carrier does a very good job in keeping the spare from bouncing around. I've run one for about 6 months now both on and off road. My 33 isn't as heavy as some of the 35s or KJs 37, but it's holding up with no problems.

I also added the Rugged Ridge Hi Lift carrier as it ties the upper and lower hinge brackets together, making for a stronger structure. It carries the hi-lift too.

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The Bestop/Smittybilt style carrier does a very good job in keeping the spare from bouncing around. I've run one for about 6 months now both on and off road. My 33 isn't as heavy as some of the 35s or KJs 37, but it's holding up with no problems.

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Thanks, Mike. You're the first person who has said anything about it besides a salesman. I feel better about putting it on now.
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Stay away from the shittybuilt HD tire carrier. Garbage. Popped spot welds on my tailgate. Even though it was tight and not rattling, the weight was just too much for the tailgate welds.
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I got the Best Top.
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Another vote for Teraflex HD hinges.
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Another vote for Teraflex HD hinges.
If this doesn't work, I'll get some.

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