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Old 06-02-2015, 11:35 PM
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Spare tire carrier

Hey everybody! I just have a quick question about the stock spare tire carrier. What is its weight capasity? I want to get some 31" tires and was just wondering if I would need to get a new after market carrier, or if bending the tale gate will be an issue with the bigger tires. Thanks!

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Hey everybody! I just have a quick question about the stock spare tire carrier. What is its weight capasity? I want to get some 31" tires and was just wondering if I would need to get a new after market carrier, or if bending the tale gate will be an issue with the bigger tires. Thanks!
you'll be fine with a 31. I'm beyond pushing the limit on mine running a 35" tire. But building my axles is a bigger priority then a tire carrier
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:50 AM
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No need to worry about warping the tail gate? Schweet! Thanks Tom!
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33x12.5 and it fine. Eventually will add a swing out to the rear bumper.
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A 33x12.50 spare warped my tailgate. I put the Bestop Highrock swing out tire carrier on mine before it did any more damage.
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Okay, thanks Cyndi. I'm planning on 31x8.5 or 30x8.5, so I should have the weight that a 33x12.5 would have.
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It's not the size you should worry about; it's the weight of both the wheel and tire together. Also pay attention to the wheels backspacing and offset compared to the tire and bumpstops. You need a snug fit to minimize the movment. The YJ has two bumpstop sizes or cut them as needed.


Jeep OEM wheels vary a LOT in weight; I would recomment looking into it before making a decision!



Tom - your 33" tire HAS to be putting stress on the tailgate, you might not see it yet, but slowly unlatch the tailgate an watch it drop a bit with that much weight.

I had the same issue when i remvoed the Bestop Swingout Carrier (very nice) and mounted a 265x75r16 Duratrac.

Currently I am running a Ravine wheel at ~17lbs and 31x10.50r15 Duratrac ~40lbs and the tailgate drops ever so slightly when not latched. This combo is close the the stock weight an shouldn't be an issue.
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I don't know what weight the tires will be, because I don't have them yet. I'm not planning on getting some huge mud tires, just something with enough traction for light off roading and daily driving.
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Also helps to avoid opening the tailgate as that is what really causes problems. When you do open the door, put your hand under the tire and lift up taking some of the wieght off the tailgate.
Better yet order a Dirtworx swing out carrier, mine holds a 35" tire, highlift jack, and full size shovel. Been on for close to two years with no rattles.
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I don't know what weight the tires will be, because I don't have them yet. I'm not planning on getting some huge mud tires, just something with enough traction for light off roading and daily driving.
Don't base it on what looks heavy or has a lot more tread. Check the weight especially on the wheels.
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Reno- what did that carrier cost you?
Stroked- its just the factory spare wheel, I figured the weight of that and the should be fine.
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You should consider the Smitybuilt Oversized Tire Carrier. It's not as good as the Teraflex but it's more supporting and includes an extended brake light.
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I dont have the brake light over the spare though.
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Reno- what did that carrier cost you?
Stroked- its just the factory spare wheel, I figured the weight of that and the should be fine.
Unless you add a larger tire. If I recall correctly my YJ Sahara factory spare was 24 or so lbs. The Ravine on there now is 17lbs. The ~7lb difference is not consumed by the larger tire on there for a near net equivilent weight.

I even have TJ hinges painted and ready to go if needed. But I feel the tailgate itself is the weakest point.

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