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... or the rollbar
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...
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?
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.