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Unread 09-30-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Tire carrier questions.

Hey guys. The location of my spare inside the vehicle has been bugging me for awhile, reason being that I would just love to be able to use my spare well for storage of things that I don't use every day but keep in my Jeep; tie straps, blankets, towels, tools... You get the idea.

Ideally I would love to upgrade my rear bumper to one with a carrier, but unfortunately I just can't swing the proper funding to do my rear bumper, let alone my front bumper as I'd like to do them at the same time. Given this I've decided that my spare is gettin kicked to the roof. I figure that way in the future I can potentially carry two spares, or re purpose the roof carrier

So, first question for you guys running a roof mounted carrier; have you noticed a SEVERE difference in the way your jeep corners? I'm not racing this thing or anything but a little insight would be nice.

Second question, what brands are you guys finding works best? Any of them budget conscience but still high quality? How much did you pay for yours?

Any information from someone actually using a system like this would be great. Thanks

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Unread 09-30-2013, 02:02 AM   #2
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The roof is a "decent" option, and you could either buy a basket and secure it to that, which I've tried on other vehicles, you lose the majority of your basket storage space. KOR (kevins off road) has a decent option that is only a tire carrier. That being said, I had mine on the roof thinking A) it looked kinda cool, and B) "even though it will suck to get off the roof, when will I ever actually have to do it?". Murphy's law is everywhere, and the one time you'll need that spare, it will be raining, dark, you will be by yourself, and there will be steep hills on every side of your WJ. Where are you going to throw that thing?

If you have a hitch, and if you don't, you should get one anyway... I did this:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f310/...76/index4.html

Paid about $100
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Unread 10-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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Wow, not too shabby. Just to make sure I'm looking at this right, that's just welded to your existing hitch yes? You didn't replace the hitch? And haven't had any problems with rattling or anything? Any chance I could get you to share the design specs? or are they in that other thread a little deeper? Thanks for sharing.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 12:13 PM   #4
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Wow, not too shabby. Just to make sure I'm looking at this right, that's just welded to your existing hitch yes? You didn't replace the hitch? And haven't had any problems with rattling or anything? Any chance I could get you to share the design specs? or are they in that other thread a little deeper? Thanks for sharing.
Yes it is welded to the hitch. I don't have specs necessarily, we kind of just freestyled it, but all of the pictures should be in that thread. Probably further back. Any decent fabricator should be able to replicate it. The only "problem" is it bounces a bit when on rolling concrete highways. Must be the way they crown them... I don't notice it on asphalt. I need new springs and a rear ball joint too, so that probably doesn't help. I'll see if I can find the rest of those pictures.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 01:53 AM   #5
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Yeah, probably not terribly helpful to have loose suspension components rockin the rear. I'm not a terribly skilled fabricator, but I bet between me and a few of my buddies we could rig up something pretty close. Thanks for the idea.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:19 AM   #6
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I have this: http://www.detoursusa.com/knucklebone.php

Mark is a great guy to work with.

Mine folds down 90 degrees. It tightens up very nicely in the receiver hitch without any wobble.



If I had a garage, welder and the know-how I would have made a swing-out carrier using the stock bumper.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
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It look to be a pretty good product, but I don't see an option for the WJ that allows the use of the hitch as a hitch. I'll have to email them about it.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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It look to be a pretty good product, but I don't see an option for the WJ that allows the use of the hitch as a hitch. I'll have to email them about it.
Maybe take a bike hitch carrier, weld a tire bolt holder to it, make it so that it can swing down when you pull out the pin.
The last carrier is the same idea I had in my mind.

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Maybe take a bike hitch carrier, weld a tire bolt holder to it, make it so that it can swing down when you pull out the pin.
The last carrier is the same idea I had in my mind.

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That's basically what the picture of above is...

Plus it doesn't address the fact that he wants to retain hitch usage, as the OP said in his last post, which you quoted him on, friend!
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Unread 10-07-2013, 09:46 AM   #10
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It look to be a pretty good product, but I don't see an option for the WJ that allows the use of the hitch as a hitch. I'll have to email them about it.
Mark might be able to fab up the alternative mounting options, like mounting to either the left or right side of the reciever, but you will be cutting out a hole in the bumper.

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