With the purchase of my new 33"x12.5" tires and 15"x10" wheels, I am no longer able to fit my spare tire on the stock spare tire rack on my rear gate. I was told not to extend the three bolts and continue to use the gate mounted setup. Instead, should I get a new bumper and bumper mounted spare tire rack system? I am not really concerned with keeping my 3rd brake light.
Can anyone give me any recommendations on good systems like this they have seen and/or installed themselves? By the way, this is for a 1997 TJ Sport.
The weight of the bigger meats will put more stress on the tailgate (TJ's are stronger than YJ's here). When I put 31" on my YJ, I had to put on rubber spacers half the size of stock, and I could not open the rear window of my hardtop - It would not clear the larger tire - and now the right rear tailight was acting as the tire stop. I ordered a Swingout bumper/tire carrier from: WWW.YOUNGER-BROS.COM/
They are hand made, and have a few month backlog, but I think it's worth the wait. Once I receive mine I'll post pix, and review. I'm not expecting to arrive until Aug. so for now I'm running a stock size spare.
'95 YJ, "Toy Story", some mods done, some mods on the way.
I have the tirecarrier from SteelHorse .. of the standard design .. a bumper with 2" receiver, and a "triangle" of steel holding the tire in place. The tire carrier part swings away, then the tail gate after.
I had a couple problems with mine where the stop didn't sit right (had to make a new one), the carrier was not compatable with the stock rims (had to cut off their rim holder, weld on a new one, and make a new T-bar bolt) ..
I think that I would have been better off buying their bumper and making my own tire carrier .. I had to modify their design a couple too many ways ..
Hello, my name is Vance and I am a Jeepaholic. Its better to be naked with your friends, than to be clothed with your enemies
Silver 2006 TJ Unlimited, zombie ready as the daily-driver
I too am looking for a bumper/tire carrier. I have a friend who makes trailers, so I have decided to make my own based on the tomken one. Anyone who has made one before, any parts lists or plans drawnup already? I'd be willing to pay for the information just to get a headstart on it.
Dave in Kansas City, Mo
95 Rio Grand YJ
Kansas City, Missouri
Here's one a friend of mine has built. The url below the pictures will take you to the instructions for building it. Since it splits down the middle, it does not have the same strains on the hinges that most tire carriers have. Steve will help you in any way he can building it also. I know it's safe to say you can contact him for questions if you please.