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post #1 of 5 Old 03-11-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Removing tire carrier spindle

I recently installed this rear bumper / tire carrier combo, mainly because I was being cheap.

After running it for a few months I decided I don't like the tire carrier, the latch rattles and squeaks, and the tire is mounted so high that it blocks rear vision.

So I just bought one of these:

The issue I have now is the spindle for the original tire carrier is going to be in the way for mounting the new carrier. I have two options: 1. replace the bumper with one that doesn't have the spindle. 2. remove the spindle from the bumper I have. I'm leaning toward keeping the bumper and just removing the spindle. I'm thinking just grab the reciprocating saw and go at it but I thought I'd seek a little advice first. Am I going to have any trouble cutting the spindle with a saw? Is there a better way to remove it?

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-11-2013, 05:52 PM
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You will be fine using a sazall. Or a angle grinder would also work

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-11-2013, 06:47 PM
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Depends somewhat on how hard the metal is on the spindle. Be sure to put oil on the saw blade as you cut it. that will help keep an edge and from cooking the blade.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I was planning to keep the blade lubricated, my concern was really that the spindle may have been made of some hardened steel that would be impossible to cut. I didn't want to start cutting, only to find out that I couldn't finish it, then the spindle would be compromised so I couldn't pull the bumper off and sell it if need be. I'll give it a shot soon and report back on how it goes.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-18-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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After-action update: For anyone who may search for this in the future, the reciprocating saw works fine, it just takes awhile. I used lots of WD-40 for lubrication, used five blades and took about 20 minutes. All five blades still have life left in them, I just used them all because I had that many and I figured it'd go quicker if I used them all.

Loving the new tire carrier, major improvement over the cheapo bumper mount model.
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