Hey guys, I have been making a rear bumper / spare tire carrier for my TJ for a few weeks now. It has ALL been done on lunch breaks at work, when I'm not too hungry (Otherwise, I go to the deli...The bumper can wait!) Anyway, here are some pics. I TIG welded everything, other than the trailer hitch and Clevis mounts, those were MIG welded. The main bumper is 3/16" 2x4 mild steel tubing.The spare tire carrier is 1.09" x .145 DOM stainless tubing. I got the spindle for the spare tire carrier, and the clevis mounts from A to Z Fabrication. The "plate" for the spare wheel is (was a) broken chromoly axle.
By the way... The bumper isn't done. I still need to fabricate the latching mechanism. I'm planning on using the latch from a YJ tailgate, and the nador bolt that the jaws shut around. Just like a regular car door.
Thanks for the compliments guys! Yeah the tires are going to be 35", and yes the KM2's in the pics are going on next week!!! I'm almost finished with this thing, so within the next few days, I'll post the final product. So far it has only cost me $43 for the spindle, and $25 for the clevis mounts... For a grand total of $68!!! (plus a few bucks for shipping)
man, your place is way too clean!!!! i have a 30X56X14 shop and can hardly move in it! time to do some cleaning!
maybe i missed it, but what is the pivot system built of. i was thinking of doing the 1" spindle for trailers route?
Thats basically what it is, a trailer spindle. Rated for approx. 1000lbs with Tapered bearings. I could have made it myself on the lathe at work... but I didn't feel that it was worth the frustration for 43 bucks! haha.