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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch tire mount

Looking for recommendations for a trailer hitch spare tire mount for my 96 ZJ. I want to hang a full size on the back without interfering with the hatchback.

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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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I'm not aware of any in that style that don't affect the hatch atleast to some degree. Now, I haven't looked too deeply, but my findings weren't too promising.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:14 PM   #3
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Isn't going to happen, unless you design your own. It would have to be hinged, with an upper locking pin, or be setup to swing right out of the way.
If you have the time,tools,and ability to make one, you might be ok. But even if you make one that folds down clear of the hatch, it would still be somewhat in the way for loading anything.
Maybe take a look at bumper mounted carriers for ideas, then modify something similar, with a center mounting system.
If you're just trying to lose the spare from inside the cab, check out KOR, (Kevin's Off-Road), I think he's got a rooftop carrier.
Good luck!
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Unread 02-27-2014, 11:12 PM   #4
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Unread 02-28-2014, 01:40 AM   #5
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Some good ideas there
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Unread 02-28-2014, 05:24 AM   #6
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That looks great but the problem I have with those is the price. By the time you get all of the accessories you want you may as well have gotten a really nice rear bumper instead.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 05:48 AM   #7
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That looks great but the problem I have with those is the price. By the time you get all of the accessories you want you may as well have gotten a really nice rear bumper instead.
Yah, they're crazy wanting that much
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Unread 02-28-2014, 08:02 AM   #8
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I've been keeping my eyes out too. I really want to get one. I found some on ebay.

I'd want something like this so it keeps your hitch available. I know it would severely impact the tongue weight capacity but at least you could pull something if needed without taking it off.

That ebay company said they would make something like that but I didn't get a quote.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 08:07 AM   #9
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Purple ZJ made a swing out carrier that was integrated into the stock plastic bumper. It looked great and kept the stock look while holding a 35" tire I think it was. All his pics of the build were deleted from the photo storage server he was using though. So that sucks.

Here is the thread and a pic of the carrier without the stock bumper cover on it and one with the finished product. It looks awesome.http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f197/...build-1332427/
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Unread 02-28-2014, 08:25 AM   #10
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Kiss your departure angle goodbye with that one two posts up...wow.not to mention that welding/construction is poor. The entire thing is supported buy that one bead at the hitch with a ridiculous amount of load on it
I'm just gonna turn some Dom to accept trailer bearings and work off of that. I'll do that or I was also trying to figure out a carrier that would swing out or fold down depending on the what side the pins are in. Either way I'm gonna add an actuator tied into the hatch lock wire for security
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Unread 02-28-2014, 08:32 AM   #11
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Kiss your departure angle goodbye with that one two posts up...wow.not to mention that welding/construction is poor. The entire thing is supported buy that one bead at the hitch with a ridiculous amount of load on it
I'm just gonna turn some Dom to accept trailer bearings and work off of that. I'll do that or I was also trying to figure out a carrier that would swing out or fold down depending on the what side the pins are in. Either way I'm gonna add an actuator tied into the hatch lock wire for security
Ok you have 24 hours to post pics.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 08:57 AM   #12
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Kiss your departure angle goodbye with that one two posts up...wow.not to mention that welding/construction is poor. The entire thing is supported buy that one bead at the hitch with a ridiculous amount of load on it
I agree it could of been executed and designed a lot better, I just like that style. I know the extended hitch part is probably useless, but I thought it was cool to have it. That way if you need to pull a small popup camper or something, you would still have your spare for the trip.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 09:03 AM   #13
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Unread 02-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #14
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Wow, still very expensive but at least it's done right with a better departure angle.
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Unread 03-12-2014, 10:18 PM   #15
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mfg'd ones are going to be spendy.

my brother opted to make his own for his jimmy and keep the ability to tow if need be. the departure angle on a jimmy/blazer isnt as good as a jeep anyways but his carrier actually hasnt affected it much. it just gets drug thru the dirt anyway and in a sense, protects the bumper from dragging





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