Swing Away / Swing Down Tire Carrier
Here is my take on a swing away tire carrier for my TJ.
When I first got the Jeep in '05, I bought an OR Fab swing away tire carrier which mounted to the body only, and also held a jerry can and a tool box. That worked fine with my original 35's, and even held on through the 37" Krawlers. But after going to 40" Krawlers on Spider Locks, the weight was too much for the body mounts. I began to notice the the body was deforming and bending where the carrier mounted, and the right rear body mount was also bending due to the weight. Time for a change, or else stick to wheelin' the mall.
Given the weight of the Kralwers, it was very difficult to get the tire on and off of the carrier by myself, and I liked the idea of a swing down carrier (like the one built by Gen Wright) to help with that issue. But, I also need easy access to the tail gate as I have a large, pull out tool box that requires opening the tail gate to access. It would have been quite a workout swinging that 40" Kralwer up and down each time I needed to get into the tool box.
So, I came up with this idea for a swing down / swing out tire carrier.