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DoctorTim 01-10-2012 04:59 PM

XJ rear swing out. your opinions on this idea (pics)
So I was helping my buddy install some goodies on his jeep a week ago and i really liked the look of his swing out carrier.

so i started thinking about how to do that for an XJ. I came up with what you see in the pictures below. I plan to "sandwich" the quarter panel in some areas to avoid ripping out any mounting bolts.

I'd like to get your feedback on this idea.


jatepper 01-10-2012 06:52 PM

I think it looks great!

DoctorTim 01-10-2012 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by jatepper (Post 12833408)
I think it looks great!

i'd bet it looks great but will it support a 33" tire?

i need more opinions on this please

KnoxsTJ 01-11-2012 08:04 AM


Originally Posted by XJ-Tim (Post 12833521)
i'd bet it looks great but will it support a 33" tire?

i need more opinions on this please

Just tie it into the frame...:p or the rollbar :D

seriously though, you could have one mount tie in to the "frame"/stiffeners whatever you crazy unibody jeeps have and sandwich down there and the other sandwiched to the body. It will take more playing and tweaking to get it to not bind when opening but your moments would be better for a heavier load. I'd pass through the bumper unless you've got a nice steel one. If you've got a steel bumper, you can likely tie the bottom mount into it.

something like this picture, only a little beefier...

jasonswelding 01-11-2012 12:50 PM

Is there any way to get support behind the taillights? Corners are stronger. I don't know much about cherokees.

DoctorTim 01-11-2012 11:03 PM

didn't have time today to make a cardboard mock up but ill try to do it tomorrow.

DoctorTim 01-12-2012 11:56 AM

so here's my idea:
get rid of the stock taillights and fab new LED taillights into the swing out.
bend 3/16" steel 90* and trim so it fits nicely
1/8" steel on the inside to avoid ripping out the mounting bolts
what do all of you think? strong enough to support a 33" tire and 2 gas cans?

RenoF250 01-12-2012 08:03 PM

That seems like a lot of work. I think you would be better off making a bumper and building it into that. I think you will also have a hard time connecting in where the lights are since there are so many bends.

If you don't want to do the bumper I would go back to the first idea and build an interior reinforcement that comes around behind the light. Then you would have the same strength and keep the stock lights.

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