The list is in my sig, my profile and I did my best to list it in the 2nd post. If you want the full details, ping me, and I will be happy to send them to you. Unless you or others think it is worth listing on a post here.
Thank you! For now I am good with the list in your second post...IMO your CJ is built the perfect amount, functional and tasteful upgrades without losing the classic CJ style...I love it, and really do plan to mimic some of your upgrades as I get time and money. I'll let you know if I have specific questions on any of the items.
1) How should I finish the tire carrier once completed? with POR-15, spray paint? something else?
Options are limitless! I have heard great things abour POR-15 but haven't had personal experience. A competing product that I do have some experience with is Monstaliner, a fantastic product that is bit cheaper than POR-15, very durable and easy to clean, but you have to like the textured look you get with the product...it isn't for everyone. You can also get some great results with a solid scuff, 2-3 coats of spray can primer, followed by 2-3 coats of your choice of spray paint...best part about his option is budget friendly and easy to touch up when it gets damaged.
and 2) Is my thought process wrong in terms of the engineering side of things?
I don't think its wrong...as you wheel around, hit the brakes, press the gas, open and close the swingout, you will be putting some additional pressure on the spindle and latch, but when it is sitting still on level ground you won't be because, as you said, it is mounted directly over the horizontal bar rather than hanging off of it. Mounting the items high up makes the leverage as you stop, go, open, close, more of a concern, but to be honest, purely from the looks of your swingout, It looks like Warn is seriously underselling their product a bit...Probably so they can't be held liable if it does break. That spindle looks like it can easily handle the weight of a high lift and shovel in addition to the spare tire carrier. I don't know if you have seen BESRK's swingout thread (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/r...long-101332/)?
Lots of very detailed discussion over the course of 8 years on swingout design, spindle ratings, how to mount additional stuff, etc. His original design used a 1" spindle rated at 1000lbs. Yours looks to be at at least 1 1/2" so I would guess the weight rating is at least that (not that size is a pure correlation to weight rating, but it is usually an indicator)
Bottom line, the highlift will look good there, I don't think you need to be overly concerned about the weight issue.