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Unread 07-09-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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New Tire Carrier

Hey, check out what a friend of mine made for his JK:











What do you think about it?


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Unread 07-09-2007, 04:24 PM   #2
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Looks good. I like that the carrier has a bit of an angle for departure, but the weight of the tire still rests on the tailgate. Ideally, it would be best to take the weight off your tailgate and onto your frame.

If you don't intend to get bigger tires than stock, then you're good to go. However, if/when the inevitable calling for bigger surfaces, you may want to rethink your tire-carrier options.
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Unread 07-09-2007, 04:38 PM   #3
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nicely done sir.
the rally look is awesome
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Unread 07-09-2007, 05:52 PM   #4
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Looks good, nice fab work, nice touch with the waterjet/laser logo, But I severely question the strength of the tailgate. Having the tire sit that far off the body adds more torque to the mounts(bad)
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Unread 07-09-2007, 08:13 PM   #5
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Looks good, nice fab work, nice touch with the waterjet/laser logo, But I severely question the strength of the tailgate. Having the tire sit that far off the body adds more torque to the mounts(bad)
He used a CNC plasma cutter ($15,000 Plasma Cam) to cut the logo into it.
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Unread 07-09-2007, 08:39 PM   #6
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Yeah.. kind of far off the tailgate but it sure looks good! Can you take a closeup of the logo?.. I'd like to see how clean that plasma cut it. I'm hoping to pick up a CNC plasma table before too long.

Edit: I just went back and looked at the setup again.. it appears that all 4 arms are cut from flat plate? If so, that carrier will buckle if you bump the spare into something (like a tree while offroading..etc.). I'd be willing to bet money that they would buckle.. right where the logo is cut. Angle iron or tube would be stronger but if the rig is only going to see light trail riding it shouldn't be a problem.
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Unread 07-09-2007, 11:47 PM   #7
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Yeah.. kind of far off the tailgate but it sure looks good! Can you take a closeup of the logo?.. I'd like to see how clean that plasma cut it. I'm hoping to pick up a CNC plasma table before too long.

Edit: I just went back and looked at the setup again.. it appears that all 4 arms are cut from flat plate? If so, that carrier will buckle if you bump the spare into something (like a tree while offroading..etc.). I'd be willing to bet money that they would buckle.. right where the logo is cut. Angle iron or tube would be stronger but if the rig is only going to see light trail riding it shouldn't be a problem.
I'm pretty sure he's mostly going to wheel it in the sand dunes and maybe some mud. If he doesn't read this post, I'll be sure to address the strength issue with him about the support arms.
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Unread 07-10-2007, 08:46 AM   #8
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I would think the tailgate would flex a lot more before the mount. But if I had a CNC plasma cutter, I would surely make something more substantial and adjustable.

But who am I? I don't even own a welder anymore.
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Unread 07-10-2007, 08:58 AM   #9
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I think we should make a friendly wager on this.. say.. $1.00. Now, I need you to back that into a tree until either the carrier bends or the tailgate folds. I'll cut you in on 1/2 of my take..
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