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Old 08-17-2016, 10:30 PM
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adapting a swing away tire carrier?

So I regret not getting a swing away bumper/carrier option a few years back now that I have a full size spare. Question: has anyone adapted the swing away portion to an existing bumper or can it be done? I saw somebody had fabricated their own and not sure how economical that would be for me since I have no metal shop. I've heard of the heavy weight on a modded stock mount not being good for the hinges. Or, should I just save for a complete setup. I like the simplicity of my classic ones but am kicking my butt now for not spending the extra $.

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I have seen some carrier that bolt to the body rather than the body(think the late full size brocos, similar in design). You might be able to get one of those if you don't mind drilling into your body. I also recently saw a thread on reddit where a guy welded one up and used a giant bolt that went through his bumper as a hinge. I know you don't have a metal shop (not sure how many of us do?), but do you know how to weld? Or have any welder buddies? I have recently found that a box of budlight is pretty easily exchangeable for other goods and services, maybe offer some to a buddy for helping?

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Haha...yeah. I got a buddy who welds gas mains out here in CA. He's actually really helpful and welded my d30 tubes for me when I did my regear and mods. If I had plans he could weld it. Just don't know about costs of materials.

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This might give you some ideas for adapting something to your existing bumper.


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A 10' stick of 1x1 steel is like $5-10? You would probably want something closer to 1.5x1.5 or 2x2, but still, it would be cheaper than buying a new bumper. I'd just look at what's out there and draw out something similar.
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Yeah..I might just do that got to get creative and practical.
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I recommend the Barricade bumper and tire carrier from Extreme Terrain if you decide to just go with an aftermarket bumper. It's really solid and bolts to where the bumperettes were and to the frame under the jeep. Plus its only $350 for the bumper and carrier and comes with D rings.
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I just carry a can of Fix-A Flat while I am driving around town. If I go off road, I throw the full sized spare (31") in the back. I don't run a back seat so I have plenty of room.

Cheap and effective.

If I felt I wanted a swing away carrier, I would look in the catalogs and online. Then I would copy what looks like the best set up for me. I am fortunate enough to have a small welder and can weld. I would use a 9/16" grade 8 bolt for the pivot.
Simply drilling the rear bumper and dropping the bolt through wont hold up to use. You have to weld a sleeve in the bumper to hold the bolt. A zerk fitting for greasing the pivot bolt is also a good idea.
Over engineering is better than under engineering.

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