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Unread 11-14-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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Modding the stock tire carrier for 33s(pics)

So I did a 3" suspension lift and got some 33x10.50s to fit it and knew I'd have issues w/ the spare. I'm not ready just yet to buy a tire carrier/rear bumper, so decided to move my stock carrier up 1" for the tire to clear the bumper(I have no BL).

I used some square tubing(about 1" by 1"?) from Home Depot along w/ a bunch of hardware and some hockey pucks from the Sports Authority to space out the bump-stops.

I did have to cut away a bit of the sides of the rubber gasket on the back of the tailgate where it lets air pressure out of the cabin I guess? When the bracket comes off I'll just get a new one from the stealership.



Heres the notched 3rd brake light bracket so the rim doesn't hit it:



It would hit since it is spaced up about 1" from the tire carrier itself:



My hockey-puck bumpstop extension:



Good look at the brackets:



The bracket bolts to the Jeep w/ bolts going through all the of the square tubing. Then the tire carrier assembly bolts to the square tubing w/ a nut and washer on the inside of the tubing.





While I'm not sure it was necessary or not, I also took a small piece to connect it to the 5th hole where the carrier normally bolts to the tailgate(between the top 2). I figured more support the better.

Here is a video of me closing the tailgate, it's just about as solid as stock.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v2...t=000_2099.flv



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Unread 01-01-2008, 07:32 AM   #2
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We did this to my brothers TJ too. It is a good temporary fix. The stock tailgate can hold the tire and rim for a while but adventually it will bend it. It took a couple of years for his and I am not sure if the tailgate is bent or the bushings are wore out. It is harder than heck to close.
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Unread 01-27-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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now that is a nice fix
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Unread 01-27-2008, 08:59 PM   #4
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Still holding up great, no loose bolts, no sagging door, no funny noises, etc.

Will be getting one of BESRK's bumpers in the nearish future though once my slew of SYE/CV, rear upper CAs, and rear trackbar are taken care of
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Unread 02-08-2008, 02:51 PM   #5
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I did the same thing and ran fine with it like that for a few months. I wouldn't leave it on there as a permanent thing, just while you are saving for a tire carrier.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #6
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good idea may give this a shot
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