Spare tire mounting issue
So after about 15 years of driving around with the stock spare tire I decided to put the correct size spare tire (31 X 10.5) on my jeep. I will be using the stock tire carrier but I have reinforced the tailgate and replaced the hinges with new ones.
The problem is the tire barely contacts the top two rubber bumpers and it's even worse on the bottom two. I know I want the tire to be tight on these pumpers to reduce stress on tailgate so im going to make some spacers out of some rubber sheeting I have.
My question is how much compression do you want on the bumpers and should the wheel make contact with the tire carrier when it's all tightened down? Basically, do I want 4 or 5 points on contact?
As an aside, after years of lurking around here for free I have decided to overcome my chronic cheapness and become a full member.
Also, this the first question I have posted on here so it's a pretty big day for me.