Yeah I didn't see any breakage on the paint. I'm not sure where the welds are exactly. But I have seen the Teraflex video of the welds breaking so I have a good idea, nothing I've noticed though in those areas. Thank you I'll check that out.You should just buy the smittybuilt oversized tire carrier. It's not as stout as the Teraflex hinged piece, but for $100 bucks, it provides enough protection and will also limit the possibility of breaking the welds in the rear gate. BTW, have you checked the welds?