This will be my first time fabricating anything for my jeep, but one of my ideas was instead of having a latch to lock the carrier could I just run a brace from the carrier to the door so that when the door opens so does the carrier? I 've seen one setup like that on a JK. Would there have to be a certain geometry to get the brace to line up right? Would it create extra vibration in the cab?
BTW sorry if this question was asked already, I got the page around page six and decided to look at the last 4 pages. Couldn't find it.
I am doing the same right now for my Bro-in-laws Jeep. I strongly suggest a latch. The swing weight is too much on the link between the tailgate and the swing. Those De-Tas-Co latches are easy to open.
As far as geometry goes, I am going as close to a parallelogram as possible. In other works, look at the distance between the tailgate hinge pin and the center of the swing pin, take a measurement. Let's say it is 4.75 inches (that's what the one I built is). The link should be close to that length as well, a little longer is better than a little shorter, but I would try and keep it within 1" anyway. Being I will still use a latch to hold the swing secure to the bumper I am using a spring loaded link. That way the tailgate can close before the swing when shutting it. Here is my link. It is 7/16" at the bores and shaft with a HD spring inside the 1" body and 4.75" center to center with about 5/8" stroke.
If you don't use a latch you don't need a spring loaded link. But a latch makes everything so much more secure it is well worth while.
On my Jeep I don't use a tire swing. I made new tailgate hinges that the spare mounts to so it opens all together, but I still use a latch to beef it up.
If you looked at the same JK as I did the link is way too long.
2006 Solar Yellow Rubicon Unlimited
Jeep Club Member #1340
6 Speed, Hardtop
Mods done: Hurst tee handle, cheap hand throttle, Rokmen Merc front bumper, Warn 9.5 TI winch with 3/8" X 100 worth of Viking yellow rope, DPG OME Ultimate with JKS ACOS up front, Kilby Gas Tank Skid, Kilby Steering Box Skid, Jeep Medic Belly Up, Skidrow Engine Skid, Rockcrusher Diff Skid in the rear, Warn Diff cover in front, , AR Outlaw II's and MTR 12:50/15's, Homemade rear Bumper, Cheap Cobra CB, Puma OBA, Sirius Radio, Locker Defeat, Rockhard cage, Rockmen short corners, homemade tire swing/tailgate hinge affair, Airlift air bags on the rear- - - - - - and more to come!