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post #1 of 9 Old 05-01-2012, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Mount/Hitch on a fiberglass body?

I bought a 1974 CJ5 with a fiberglass body, but it doesn't have any place where I can mount the spare tire. It also doesn't have hitch on it. I don't want to make any modifications to the original body other than the frame. What do you recommend?

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-01-2012, 06:13 PM
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On my 79 I Built a non swinging tire carrier and welded directly up to a cheap pro comp replacement bumper.

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I would also highly recommend you go with a aftermarket bumper with tire carrier and receiver.
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double post, in the other thread i stated you should contact bserk for an aftermarket bumper/tire swing.

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don't know if it's your thing to do any fab work, but i've built mine, use 2x4 or 4x4 tubing, cut the ends to an angle, then I find an old reese hitch for cheap and cut it down and weld it to the bottom. grind it all down nice a smooth shoot it with bed liner or something of that type. and then can build or by swinging tire carrier on the bumper. just an idea if you do that kinda stuff.... I had the fiberglass body, they say you can mount on on the body like oe but I personally wouldn't suggest it with out really bracing it in some way.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-02-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about the double post. Internet was being weird. Did most CJ's come with stock trailer hitches? I'm thinking of fabbing my own, just looking at where people have mounted them and what I want. Anything that worked particularly well?
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No didn't normally come with a hitch, was a option. Do you have a tailgate?
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-02-2012, 06:39 PM
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I was think of using an old Willys, non swing, solid mount. Side mount style, on the back. I'm going to cut a full sized steel plate that covers the whole rear inside the body to mount to. Where the tailgate should be, but doesn't, on my AJ's Kevlar body. This should disperse the weight of the tire across the whole rear section.
Anybody try this, or see a downside?

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Is the body double wall on the Kevlar bodies? The fiberglass bodies are and I would be afraid of pulling the inner and outer shell together doing that because it may distort or damage the body. I guess some of that would also depend on what size tire you are going to hang on it to.
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