So I'm cruising down the highway on my way to school today and I hear a bang behind me and look back to see my spare tire carrier falling off. It bounced off the tire and took it's place right in the middle of the left lane. Luckily no one hit it and I was able to pull it off the road and get it back in the jeep. Needless to say, I'm pissed. It's a good thing no one was tailgating me this mourning.
Link to the spindle I used here
1" thick and 1.25" where it goes though the bumper. Drilled hole for it with my neighbors magnetic drill press and welded top and bottom.
I don't think I had too much weight on the carrier. The tire is around 87 lbs and I have it pulled as far in as I can. I don't know how much that high lift weighs. The A frame can't be much more than 35 lbs.
I'm thinking now to just grind out what's left and weld in the same spindle. Maybe I can give that guy enough crap to send me one free. Doubt it though. I see now where I can get a 1 1/2" spindle, but I'm not sure I'd be able to open up that hole and still be able to weld it straight.
Edit: Maybe I could go get the 1 1/2" spindle or even the 1 3/4 and have the machine shop down the road from me cut the part down that goes in the bumper. I'm thinking that might be the best way to go about it.