Ok, so I just bought a new set of tires for my XJ, spare included. I want to get the thing out of my trunk, and mounting it on the back seems like the most practical/most cool-looking way of doing it. Let me establish a few things first:
I have $500 at MOST to spend.
I don't want to mount the spare on the roof.
I don't know how to weld and don't know anybody who does.
The closest junkyard is like half an hour away, and I'm pretty sure the parts I'm looking for are WAY to specific to stumble upon with only one visit.
Yes, I know I can just leave it in the trunk. But I don't want to...
I've been searching the internet high and low for a cheap spare tire carrier, but all of them seem to also require an upgraded bumper (I currently just have OEM). Combined price for these two parts is usually upwards around $1000, and I still have to pay somebody with the proper tools to install the thing.
One cheap idea I've been pondering involves just buying one of those inexpensive bolt-on pieces and attaching it directly to the trunk door. Kinda like this:
Obviously, the main problem with doing this to an XJ is that the XJ's trunk swings upwards. Just for experiments' sake, I tied my 31' x 10.5' tire so that it would rest against the trunk door. I had a hell of a time trying to pull it up, and it slammed down with fury as soon as I let go. Not going to work... yet.
I have two possible solutions to this problem, neither of which I know much about, but both of which sound good in my head
1. Buy and attach more trunk struts until they can support the weight of the tire. Like these:
Would it be possible to attach multiple trunk struts to both sides of the trunk in a way that they produce a combined force great enough to lift it?
2. Buy some sort of hinge and re-configure the trunk so that it opens to the side instead of opening upwards. I presume this would allow the trunk to support the weight of the tire.
Would either of these ideas work? Could you send me links to either the parts I would need or, even better, links to a relatively inexpensive aftermarket spare tire carrier/bumper combo? Thanks guys, as always, for your good advice!