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Unread 12-06-2002, 04:37 PM   #1
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Beefing up stock tire carrier

Beefing up stock tire carrier **

Do you think that it would be safe to carry a 33x12.5 on the stock tire carrier if I were to back the tire carrier brackets up on the inside of the tub with 3/8" thick steel plate and bolt all the way through everything? I was thinking of some plate about 2"x 3" or whatever will fit.

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Unread 12-06-2002, 06:48 PM   #2
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Larger inside plates would be good insurance. Also check any points of freeplay. After all these years, your holes for the latch and swing pivot points should be ovaled a bit. These could be addressed by slightly larger bolts or drilling out the oval holes to slightly larges ones the accept brass bushings with the bolts going through. It's hard to explain it, but a rattling, loose rack will end up tight and like new. Some of my CJ buddies run 33 inch spares on a stock rack and it is fine unless the rear of the Jeep smacks down hard on something.....then it's rip city!
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Unread 12-06-2002, 09:41 PM   #3
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Okay, thanks for the advise. I'll plate it up and check for oval holes.
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Unread 12-07-2002, 03:44 PM   #4
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I never did it, I have a bumer-mounted unit, but I once got to thinking . . .

For the top two backing plates, why not make kind of an "L" bracket, so that it can also be bolted thru the top of the wheelwell? You could make it snug under the lip inside the tub, not very intrusive, I think. I like the idea of some of the weight being x-fered down onto a horizontal surface, better able to cope with the weight.

By the by, I think that the Bestop TJ tire carrier does something like this.
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Unread 12-07-2002, 05:47 PM   #5
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I have no problems carrying a 35 X 12.50 on a steel wheel on my beefed up stock carrier. I also have the whole front hub/rotor assy mounted on the carrier as well...
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Unread 12-08-2002, 11:14 AM   #6
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I would think if the "L" bracket also tied into the 2 bolts on the roll bar you would gain quite a bit of stength..........
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