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post #1 of 7 Old 06-28-2016, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Tailgate actuated tub mounted carrier

So...I got a free bumper from a buddy of mine (hooray!), and installed it on my Jeep only to see it's WAAAAY to small for my gigantic comp4x4 spindle.

Since I'm gonna be installing full corners anyway, I figure I'll pick up some bushed DOM sleeves from Ruff Stuff and knock together a tub mounted carrier.

Here's the twist: JK style tailgate actuation. Basically I'm gonna run a small rod between the carrier and plate I'm using as a "tramp stamp", and set it up so that when you open the tailgate, the carrier swings with it.

I'll post pics once I start mocking up the design. Has anybody on here seen this done before? I haven't seen this setup, and wonder if there are any major pitfalls I'm not seeing...


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post #2 of 7 Old 07-02-2016, 02:15 AM
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It's a cool idea, here are two possible issues that come to mind...

If I'm understanding what you're describing, you'll be putting a lot of stress on the factory latch. I'm not too familiar with the TJ latch, but I would be concerned about doing that with my YJ. It looks like you are only running 30" tires so you might be fine, but if there are upgrades available for your latch you might want to look into it.

You might also want to consider making the rod connecting the carrier to the plate adjustable, like your tie rod. Otherwise it might be hard to eliminate rattle.

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Here's the twist: JK style tailgate actuation. Basically I'm gonna run a small rod between the carrier and plate I'm using as a "tramp stamp", and set it up so that when you open the tailgate, the carrier swings with it.
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It's a cool idea, here are two possible issues that come to mind... If I'm understanding what you're describing, you'll be putting a lot of stress on the factory latch. I'm not too familiar with the TJ latch, but I would be concerned about doing that with my YJ. It looks like you are only running 30" tires so you might be fine, but if there are upgrades available for your latch you might want to look into it. You might also want to consider making the rod connecting the carrier to the plate adjustable, like your tie rod. Otherwise it might be hard to eliminate rattle.
Interesting though re: the latch. I hadn't even considered the stress on that part.

And yeah, I figure the connecting rod will be right and left hand threaded so I can turn to adjust.

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Sounds similar to the PSC rear carrier I have as far as the tailgate attachment. On mine there is a seat the carrier sits in when the tailgate is closed I believe to take the stress off the mount.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-04-2016, 11:18 AM
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If you end up needing beefier hinges, you might want to use the ones that jscherb designed for gr8tops (http://gr8tops.com/shop/jeepmodels/w...ailgate-hinges).
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If you end up needing beefier hinges, you might want to use the ones that jscherb designed for gr8tops (http://gr8tops.com/shop/jeepmodels/w...ailgate-hinges).
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