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post #1 of 8 Old 06-14-2014, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Swing Away/Fold Down Rear Tire Carrier

Hey guys, (and gals)

I'm looking to build a tire carrier for the back of my YJ. I can't afford the ones by Smittybilt, Genright, or Quadratec. I also don't completely like the design of them. I would like to make a tire carrier that swings out and folds down. I drew a rough design of my plan in Sketchup. (See below) Do you guys think it would be strong enough to hold a 35" tire with aluminum rim? The main arm is 2" square tubing and the secondary arm underneath is 1" Square tubing. All flat stock except for the hinges is 1/4". The hinges are 1/2". The main bumper is 2"x4" Rectangular tubing.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-15-2014, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Update!

Hey guys, just a quick update on the bumper design.
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Looks good. When I built my carrier designed it to open either left or right. Big help when accessing rear area when on a side hill. Good luck.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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jeepinhokie, i did read that thread before, and i might just go with that design because it was already done. Thanks though.

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Epiphany!

OK, so i was reading a thread on here about something (i forget) and all of a sudden i thought of a really good idea.


Swing away tire carriers are difficult to put the tire on, even if it's the stock tire. Fold down tire carriers are an inconvenience if you need easy access to the back often. So swing away/fold down tire carriers are the solution to this, but they take quite a bit of planning and design (and a fair bit of knowledge on fabricating). So i designed an (i think, correct me if it's not) original idea. So far on this forum, i have never heard of anyone making a tire carrier that can be all three different types: Swing down, swing away, and swing down/fold down. (Below are pictures of each different type, would have listed each individually but didn't know how).

With this design you can swing away the whole thing to access the back, and lock it at 90* and 180*, you can also swing it away, lock it in place, and then fold down to get the tire, or finally, if you're feeling strong (or lazy, depending on how you look at it) you can leave the carrier in place and just take the tire off the back.
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Just curious how the build is going? I'm looking at possible designs for my TJ as well.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-11-2014, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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The build is still at a halt, because I found out my home depot doesn't carry the right size material and I don't have a local steel yard. So I can't get the material.

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