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post #1 of 11 Old 01-10-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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My hybrid DIY bumper/tire carrier

So I needed to get my spare off from my tailgate. It was causing a major water leak. But the price of a tire carrier is outrageous. So I decided to buy JCR's DIY rear bumper and add my own carrier to it. I used EMS offroad's hinge/latch kit and then bought some 2x3 x 120 wall tubing for the main swing. Used 2" round tube for the side braces. Eventually I plan to add some rotopax containers inside the 2 loops. The spare sticks out a bit far now because I set the length for my 33" toyos instead of the 31" spare and I am allowing some space for the rotopax. I'm calling this a hybrid because its half a kit and half my own. Here's a few pics.















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post #2 of 11 Old 01-11-2013, 12:14 AM
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Looks nice and clean! Good work! I wonder if a small bottom side gusset may benefit the mounting "leg" if you plan to give the 33 any hard slams when you get it on there?
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Nice! I like the way you did the ends..

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looks great! I would run some support under the tube that the spare mounts on, just a piece of 1/4" flat stock cut into a triangle and welded to the bottom of the tire mount bar and to the upright will help tremendously. The first tire carrier that I ever built failed due to no support at that joint.

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Pic was pre-gusset. Added a triangle gusset before paint. Wondered if anyone would catch that.
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Nice! I like the way you did the ends..

I can't claim any responsibility for the design of the actual bumper. That's a JCR kit. I just welded it together. Now the tire swing I added myself. The bumper is 3/16 steel and its the limit of my old lincoln 110 mig. This is the original sp100 lincoln came out with in the late 80s. Did all this welding with the unit completely cranked. But seems to be good penetration and the bumper is welded from both sides too. Amazingly I can weld continously with this thing cranked without problems. I've abused it since 93 and its still working.. Now if my hands were steadier so I could make a pretty weld....
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-11-2013, 07:32 PM
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Nice but a 31" spare is useless if you have 33s....
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-12-2013, 08:47 AM
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Looks good.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-12-2013, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Nice but a 31" spare is useless if you have 33s....
Could be used on the front if an emergency. But ya.. i'm watching craigs. $350 for a new matching spare aint happening.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-15-2013, 06:31 AM
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Bumper looks great I've been thinking of something just like that but 2 5 gal Jerry cans behind the tire and a removable rack mounted on the top of the carrier some how but great work

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post #11 of 11 Old 01-15-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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My plan is for 2 rotopax gas cans between the tire and the gate. Just gotta be able to afford the cans!
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