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Unread 02-23-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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31" Spare on Stock Carrier = Bad News

Dodged a bullet on my way home this evening. The Jeep seemed extra clunky so I checked the spare tire carrier when I got home and discovered this. I came pretty close to ruining someone else's day.

Anybody else had this happen with a 31? I've only had the Jeep for a couple of months and it seemed a little sketchy to me, but I thought it would be alright. Guess not.

Anyway, looks like I'm now in the market for a bumper with a tire carrier. Any recommendations on one with a tow-rated 2" receiver? I don't need anything too crazy. I'll probably be running 31s for quite a while and the max size it'll ever see will be 33s. I won't be doing any super hardcore rock crawling. I'm not too crazy about anything I've seen in the Quadratec or 4WD catalogs, so other options and opinions would be appreciated. Thanks guys.

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Unread 02-23-2015, 08:33 PM   #2
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It looks like it would be a fairly easy welding repair, even if you had to weld on a 1" flat bar to the underside of the square tube to give it more strength in the damaged area.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 08:39 PM   #3
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That was my initial thought as well, but my welder is at my folks' house a few hours away and I was getting tired of the clunking anyway. I know I could pay somebody to weld it, but I figured I might as well go ahead and take the opportunity to upgrade. Or is there a way to keep these things from clunking? It has the rubber piece between the latch and the swing-away arm, but it still makes a pretty awful racket every time I hit a bump.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 08:44 PM   #4
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Ditch the bumperettes and get an integrated bumper/tire carrier.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 09:21 PM   #5
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I went with the Rockhard 4x4 bumper and tire carrier. It it heavy duty and probably way more than I need for the 32 tire. Very happy with it so far.

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Unread 02-23-2015, 11:09 PM   #6
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What Ken said. It should be able to handle the weight, weld that frame up. I recall coming back from the desert as I watched a spare tire on a 70's Bronco bouncing up and down separate from the truck. I was staring at it (from my dad's truck on the long boring ride) I was maybe 11 at the time. I watched the tire fall right off, and then shoot straight up in the air, heading for a semi's windshield behind. That truck driver shot across a lane to dodge it right quick. Luckily, no one was hurt. I remember it like it was yesterday. I am still paranoid that my spare is tight.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 11:11 PM   #7
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That was my initial thought as well, but my welder is at my folks' house a few hours away and I was getting tired of the clunking anyway. I know I could pay somebody to weld it, but I figured I might as well go ahead and take the opportunity to upgrade. Or is there a way to keep these things from clunking? It has the rubber piece between the latch and the swing-away arm, but it still makes a pretty awful racket every time I hit a bump.
My back seat makes a lot of noise. If I remember to latch the arm down, my spare tire carrier is quieter.
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Unread 02-24-2015, 09:24 AM   #8
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I ordered one from Nates 4X4. Very reasonable prices but it hasn't arrived yet so I cant give it a proper review.
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Unread 02-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #9
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I never had that happen, but then I added some support years ago once I moved to 32" tires. This picture is with a 31" tire. It's just some 3/8" flat stock, heated and bent to shape, and a hole for the clevis bolt drilled in the bottom end.
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Unread 02-24-2015, 04:19 PM   #10
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When im ready to get one im going to with one from dirtworx http://www.thedirtworx.com/
or there is a guy on here that fabicates and sells them. I believe he goes by bserk on the forum.
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Unread 02-24-2015, 11:19 PM   #11
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PM a moderator on this forum named BESRK...his work that I have seen is second to none in my opinion...he will treat you fair on the pricing too!
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