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Unread 12-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Spare tire weight....

Feels like my 31" spare's weight is putting the rear gate in a bind when closing...... it still latches, but not smoothly..... ideas???

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Unread 12-03-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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Swing down or swing out tire carrier to get the tire off the tailgate.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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Ahhhhhh - thanks so much - will start shopping now...................
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Unread 12-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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A 31 should not present any issues for the stock carrier. Many of us carry much larger/heavier spares on the stock carrier with no problem.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 09:59 PM   #5
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I've had a 33" and steelie wheel on my stock carrier for years and it closes just fine.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 07:38 AM   #6
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You can get away with having your spare on your tailgate but the difference is amazing when you go to a swig away or a drop down tire carrier. It's worth it in my opinion.
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Unread 12-07-2013, 11:42 PM   #7
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A 31 should not present any issues for the stock carrier. Many of us carry much larger/heavier spares on the stock carrier with no problem.
Agreed. On an LJ, I used to have a 33 x 10.5 R15 on alum 15 x 8 on stock carrier with no problem.

Rubicons came stock with heavy load E 31" tires on heavy 16 x 8 wheels.

I think it'd be a waste of money to get an aftermarket carrier for anything smaller than 33 x 12.5.
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