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Old 08-08-2015, 11:44 PM
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Slanted Tire Carrier

Has anyone here made a slanted tire spare tire carrier for their YJ?
I've seen plenty on and for Unlimited's, but haven't seen a YJ with one. I known the angle would be slightly different due to the rill bars, bit still think it could look cool. I was going to do it this weekend, but my buddy with the welding machine threw his back out. So next weekend we will be building a custom bracket that will mount to the existing bracket. Until then was just curious if anyone had done it.
Pics would be cool, and I'll post some when done next Friday.

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Old 08-09-2015, 12:48 AM   #2
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Sounds cool! Are you talking about the tire racks on JKs that fit with the frameless soft top, because if you you are I'd like to know how it goes!

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Yep. Looking to do roughly the same thing. Like I said, the angle will be slightly different, but I think I can get fairly close. I usually run a cargo net or frameless soft top so I believe there is room, at least with my setup.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:44 PM
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That looks nice!
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:11 PM   #6
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You must never put a soft or hard top on though,
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Don't have a hard top, but I use a frameless soft top that has the same angle lines as the can go net.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:18 PM
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*cargo net
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Right on
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Although that looks cool, the stock carrier being modified in that manner will destroy the tailgate hinges faster than in the stock position. The stock carrier isn't designed to handle any tire heavier than a stock tire. The hinges and the latch will wear out as well as I have seen the steel in the tailgate actually tear from the vibration.

That is why all the aftermarket tire carriers are mounted to the bumper. To save the hinges of the tailgate from the strain of the heavier than stock tire/wheel combo.

Looks cool though it wont last very long.
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Oh boy, here we go ye of little faith. First off, sine I have seen no one else actually do this, its hard to believe all the naysayers. Secondly, I wouldn't just do this on a whim. I engaged my PE here at my office to help me with this to determine the proper way to do it. I have attached a diagram to show the relevant forces at play here. This setup will actually decrease the stresses imposed on the tailgate (only slightly, but a decrease none the less) due to the repositioning and redistribution of the load weight. The only outstanding factor would be the condition of the original pieces and hardware, which I checked prior and all in good shape at this time. All in all, I am extremely satisfied with this modification this far, and have seen no negative effects. Naturally, time will tell, but I am obviously willing to bet this will hold up, and will post if otherwise in case I'm wrong. Even if doesn't, who needs a tailgate anyway!

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I just don't think the way it reefs on the tailgate is nearly the problem of just the extra weight period, you took something that is barely ment to hold a stock tire and added extra metal a much larger tire and a heavier rim, that alone is recipe for failure, show me one guy on here that has added that much weight to their stock tailgate and had success. Anybody that does claim it has not done it for a long period had you modded a bumper carrier in this fashion and I would buy tomorrow
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While I think we can agree that weight is an issue (especially for a tailgate), my point here is that by correctly distributing the weight you can do many things. For instance, how long can you hold a 10lb dumbbell straight out at a 90° angle? Now hold 15lb at 45°.
By redistribution of the weight you will be able to accomplish more for longer. Your elbow won't crack with more weight as long as its proportioned correctly.
As for the comment about people running larger tires without an aftermarket carrier. Just search the forums. Guys to it everywhere all the time. Some have issues, and some don't, but you could say that with almost any component of a jeep.
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you could say that with almost any component of a jeep.
Hell, it's a 20+ year old vehicle, I figured this was the case for every part when I bought it, it's just a matter of when. If its broke, upgrade it!
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Hell, it's a 20+ year old vehicle, I figured this was the case for every part when I bought it, it's just a matter of when. If its broke, upgrade it!
That's the spirit, Amen to that brother!

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