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Old 05-10-2017, 12:32 PM
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35" Tire, Stock tire carrier, Rugged Ridge Hinge - what could go wrong?

So I currently have a stock tire on a stock tire carrier bolted to a Rugged Ridge reinforced hinge.

I just picked up a set of 35" Toyos that I have yet to get mounted and I am wondering if I am in for a world of hurt?

I have read may stories of warped tailgates and busted welds and am wondering if this stems from the stock hinges being used with a much heavier tire? Or is the problem also associated with the stock carrier?

Will I be OK with a heavier tire on my stock carrier or will I be up a creek in a few months time.

This is my DD, so a lot of the use is street, but I do also go on trails rated up to 4 or 5 on the RR4W scale.

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It's bot the stock hinges and stock carrier. The carrier is thin, very thin which leads to structural issues. The hinges also do not evenly distribute the weight up and down the aluminum block at the mounting point and across the tail gate (limited surface area).

When I went to 35's I replaced the stock carrier and hinge with the Teraflex HD hing and carrier and haven't looked back. Solid piece of hardware.
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Some people have issues some don't. I have been running a BFG KM2 35 on a 2013 stock carrier and mount for over a year and wheeling weekly. No issues. However I did stabilize the spare better by adding 1/2" longer than needed bumpstop extensions made from radiator hose.
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i have a 285-75-17 on my stock carrier and its a tight fit but have had no problems yet
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