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Unread 05-15-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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TJ spare tire mount on XJ ?

Has anyone tried to mount a TJ spare tire mount on an XJ. I was thinking about bolting it directly over the license plate area and adding a couple of heavy duty hatch struts.I figure i'll start a little project after i tackle my dead head and tail light issue.Any tips will be appreciated

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Unread 05-15-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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With hatch struts seeming to often struggle to lift just the weight of the hatch particularly in cold weather, it would take some uber-struts to lift a hatch with tire attached.
Not to be a killjoy, but I don't think there's enough structure in a hatch to hold the weight of a tire without fear of it unexpectedly departing of its own accord after road bumps and gravity have their way with it for a while. I've seen TJ tailgates and hinges become distorted from the weight of only slightly oversized tires hanging from them coupled with some good wheeling trips.
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Its been talked about. I don't recall seeing one.

The tailgate is thin and weak. The weight of the tire will just pull the mount right out of the metal... Or in your , worse case yet, fiberglass tailgate (iirc)
You would need extensive reinforcement, adding even more weight.
It would be much easier to build a "swing out", or just find a stock swing out carrier...
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Unread 05-15-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
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yeah, thought about beefing up the tailgate with some steel backing plates but that just will be added weight along with the 32" wheel.Like cory4um suggested i may try to hunt down a stock swing away.Thanks guys,there's nothing like a voice of reason.








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With hatch struts seeming to often struggle to lift just the weight of the hatch particularly in cold weather, it would take some uber-struts to lift a hatch with tire attached.
Not to be a killjoy, but I don't think there's enough structure in a hatch to hold the weight of a tire without fear of it unexpectedly departing of its own accord after road bumps and gravity have their way with it for a while. I've seen TJ tailgates and hinges become distorted from the weight of only slightly oversized tires hanging from them coupled with some good wheeling trips.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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97+ steel hatch you could do it with upgraded struts as long as you backplate.

For the older fiberglass I wouldn't try. It will put too much stress on the hatch trying to close it. They're already prone to cracking over time from the pressure placed there anyway.
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