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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:38 PM   #16
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you think you can use the old hinges for a swing away tire carrier?
i guess it depends how big of tire you re talking, i mean the old hinges supported the factory tailgate and spare. i wouldnt call them incapable

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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:44 PM   #17
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Maybe with some reinforcement from inside the quarter panel?
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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:57 PM   #18
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I've really been wanting to do this, but I wasn't sure about a passenger side latch. Seems like it's fine without it. I've got a new project!
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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:57 PM   #19
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Maybe with some reinforcement from inside the quarter panel?
there is an 1/8" factory backing plate behind them, that would probably suffice for maybe a 32" or so...but i agree to beef it up if he plans on a lager tire.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 04:17 PM   #20
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I've really been wanting to do this, but I wasn't sure about a passenger side latch. Seems like it's fine without it. I've got a new project!
ill see if i cant get a video uploaded of me opening/closing it. sure a second latch wouldn't hurt, but its not a factor that should prevent someone on a budget from doing this.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 04:26 PM   #21
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That would be great. I wonder (if it were to rattle on the passenger side at all) if you could install a somewhat strong magnet to just help hold it in place.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 05:05 PM   #22
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Nice work. I love it. That will be the first mod I do on my TJ.

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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:51 PM   #23
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beefed up the lower cable mount
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Unread 07-26-2010, 09:41 PM   #24
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Well done sir.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 09:55 PM   #25
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This is awesome! I was looking at the swag kit but couldnt justify all that money. Anyone try this on a YJ?
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Unread 07-26-2010, 10:41 PM   #26
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This is awesome! I was looking at the swag kit but couldnt justify all that money. Anyone try this on a YJ?
thanks, it should work the same- nothing special to make it TJ specific.

i will continue improving/beefing it until it is superior to swag's design in my eyes. for now though, $30 gets you a folding tailgate if you cant afford the real kit.

hopefully some other people try this and share their input
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Unread 07-27-2010, 12:11 AM   #27
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hopefully some other people try this and share their input
Not done mine yet, but working out the details among all my other current prodjects. I will suggest that you will be far better off using some stainless nutserts, and #12 machine screws ( even 1/4" ) to attach the hinges & bracketry. With the weight you tested it at I personally would not trust sheet metal screws. Eventually they will wear out. I see stuff mounted with sheet metal screws all the time, and They just arent that reliable in the long run.
I'm not knockin ya! Just a heads up on the hardware.
I like the bracket you did on the passenger side. I'll be doing mine soon, but as with all else I never have time to actually do a decent write up on how to!
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Unread 07-27-2010, 01:36 AM   #28
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So I stopped by Lowe's and The General Store to see what I could find I decided to go ahead and pick up the hardware. I went with a bit different hardware so my total came out to $67. The only thing left to get is the 1/4 x 20 nutserts and I'm good to go. Fastenal closed before I could get there.

The hard part is re-wrapping the wire rope into an eye and getting the thimble in. Ugh.

Anyway, here is a pic of the hardware I picked up.
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Unread 07-27-2010, 07:53 AM   #29
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So I stopped by Lowe's and The General Store to see what I could find I decided to go ahead and pick up the hardware. I went with a bit different hardware so my total came out to $67. The only thing left to get is the 1/4 x 20 nutserts and I'm good to go. Fastenal closed before I could get there.

The hard part is re-wrapping the wire rope into an eye and getting the thimble in. Ugh.

Anyway, here is a pic of the hardware I picked up.
That's an awesome set up. Can you give me a give a list of all the parts? Like what those small brackets are. I'm assuming they are for the cables? And what hardware(nuts and bolts etc.) you used. Like stainless and grades and all. Thanks I want to try this this weekend maybe. I've been wanting to do this for a while cause I have a cj tire carrier I want to fab up for a swing out.
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Unread 07-27-2010, 11:34 AM   #30
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So I stopped by Lowe's and The General Store to see what I could find I decided to go ahead and pick up the hardware. I went with a bit different hardware so my total came out to $67. The only thing left to get is the 1/4 x 20 nutserts and I'm good to go. Fastenal closed before I could get there.

The hard part is re-wrapping the wire rope into an eye and getting the thimble in. Ugh.

Anyway, here is a pic of the hardware I picked up.
im REALLY looking forward to seeing this

i dont know how much you have in your cable hardware, but the cables I bought were $6.99ea at advance auto parts. made life easy
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