Have you fellas ever seen anybody use a 2" reciever spare tire carrier? I know a drawback of this would be not having access to the tailgate but thats no a big deal. Would it look hideous if I were to take a a 2" hitch and put a peace of 2" tube going straight up on it and fab a mounting plate for the wheel? Workin in a machine shop it shouldnt be hard to come up with something. That away I wouldnt have to worry about a whole new carrier and could still have access to my hitch if need be. Ofcourse departure angle wont be great..but for a pavement pounder who cares? But then again it might just be a stupid idea...
not a terrible idea really, but it has plenty of downsides, most of which you mentioned. i think the main key here would be to keep it mounted as close to the body as possible. they do sell these and yes i have seen them on a wide range of vehicles. if you went offroad, you would pretty much need to take it off because it would cause more trouble than it's worth; however, when you do that, you loose your spare tire which is obviously a no-no, so really it comes down to you.
But say if I where doing 4-wheeling..the rear seat will be out anyhow, couldnt I just take it off and set it inside? Its not like Im going to be rolling over or anything so it wouldnt be any danger in a loose tire laying inside.
I have seen them sold at autozone for around $85, thats just for the carrier, it doesnt have a place for a ball on it. Does modifying a reciever sound like a good idea? I might go as far as making some sort of quick discount system for it so I could just pull 1 pin and lift the tire off and have quick access to the tailgate. I guess the biggest problem will be how much its going to wobble around. 2" hitches usually have some play in them..
I have a bike rack for a 2" receiver that is really close to what you are describing. It has a hinge where the vertical meets the horizontal (into the receiver) and a removable clevis pin. It hinges straight down so you can open the gate. Hard to describe, but where the vertical meets the horizontal, there are triangular plates on each side. The plates are only welded to either the vert or horiz. and use the pin to attach to the other. Couldn't be that hard to make. Ill try to find a pic..
The wobble/rattle problem is easy to fix. Drill and tap a hole in the bottom of the reciever on the opposite end of the pin from the tire carrier (or trailer ball or whatever). Run a bolt - maybe half inch or so - up there solid against the stinger. It will prevent rattling.
One thing to keep in mind is the tremendous amount of leverage a spare tire is going to have over the supporting structure you're going to make. It's going to take some heavy thickwall square tubing, a strong design, and a welder who knows what he's doing.
I figured I would use 2x2x.25 for the upright piece along with 1/2 plate steel for the triangled hinge section with grade 8 bolts backed with washers on both sides..should that do? Plus I figure if I stick it in with some nice bevels on the edges rather than mig then I should get good deep penatration. What you think? Plus all this shouldnt effect the hitch since the most I will haul is a 600lb 4-wheeler..
I need some math help. Ive figured up my demensions before when making 4-wheeler spacers on a cnc machine but Im having trouble with the jeep bolt pattern because it is 5 lug instead of 4 like the 4-wheeler. I need to know how far the bolt holes are apart (like a cordinate) ie (2.4,3.5) from a common center point...anyone who can help me with this I could greatly appreciate it. The reason I want it to be so precise is because I will be doing it on a milling maching at work tommorow and I want everything to have a good fit...