I like the idea of this tire carrier. I looked at it for a long time before deciding to go with not getting a tire carrier cause I'm broke. When I get one it will be something like this one. Is very cool I tink.
I like it too, you can carry your cans, plus get that lock box too.. I have limited space in my YJ with me subs and stuff... I really like this carrier, I just want to know if anyone has had any experience with it? Did I mention I like this carrier?
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Way to get all technical. Like I even wanted to answer your question.
I found a couple of guys who swear by this style. One fellow (don't why, but I like the word "fellow") went this way after his other one didn't work when his bumper got smacked by a chick in a p/u. It wouldn't latch anymore. Seeing how bumper booboos are common on the trail, I fingered that this made sense, no? Its muy expensive, but I like it enough to pay the difference. Of course, I haven't actually got it, yet, so who knows. But there ya go.
first off its nice...
now comes the Tech side to it... they site said it can handle up to a 39" tire .... I'm sure it can, but look where it attaches to .... the body just behind the tailgate hinges
assume the swing out weighs 100 lbs.... now throw a 39" swamper on .. now add another 300 Lbs
you've got 400 Lbs attached to 2 simple points on the body thats prolly the size of 2x2" area < which isnt all that thick to begin with>
another way to look at it, would be like this....
swing the tire out.... the tire will wont to droop... trying to pull the upper mount out of the body & the bottom well the bottom is trying to push through the body add Jerry cans & the lock box with equipment.... after its swung out the weight can easily double on those 2 mounts
it is better to buy a solid swingout/ bumper combo... it if gets messed up < say a latching system or whatever> heat & a hammer can always make it better... or cut the old latch style off & weld a new one in place
Especially for that price!
take a look at some Yj's that has been carrying a 33 on the tailgate.. open it up & try to pick the gate upwards... 9 times out of 10, there will slop in the hinges
same thing with this system after awhile, except the play will be in your rear quarter panel
I think you missed the attachment points. It attaches around your roll bar. I've played with a couple and they seem very sound with little or no flex when opened. If it just attached to the body, it would tear out real quick like, and cause nasty ugly holes.