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Unread 12-21-2005, 12:03 PM   #16
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Uh-oh, DC better not hear this, just the 245/75/16 MT/R tire alone weighs 50 lbs. It must be rated for a tad more.............
add to this the weight of the OEM rubicon wheel and i would bet you are close to 80lbs total.

does the rubicon have an uprated carrier or hinges for the tailgate?

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Unread 12-21-2005, 03:26 PM   #17
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add to this the weight of the OEM rubicon wheel and i would bet you are close to 80lbs total.
does the rubicon have an uprated carrier or hinges for the tailgate?
All 2003+ Jeeps have the redesigned tailgate / carrier.
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Unread 12-21-2005, 04:44 PM   #18
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A 33" MTR will fit on the stock carrier, but it will cover your third brake light, and you will have to cut down or remove your bump stops. I drove around for a few months with the stock carrier with a 33x12.5 MTR mounted. I may have gone off road once or twice in that time (Nothing rough).
I recently removed the tire and discovered that my tailgate doesn't shut very well anymore. It leaves a gap big enough to slip my fingers through, and sometimes I have to slam it 2 and 3 times to get it to latch. Also, when I look at the latch, I can clearly see wear marks in the metal. I was fortunate that the sheetmetal didn't bend or that the screws didn't pull through. I know a guy where his tailgate sheetmetal gave out and it just tore. He has 6 inch gashes where the stock tire carrier used to sit.
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Unread 12-21-2005, 10:13 PM   #19
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I've been running a 35" mtr on a steel wheel for two years on my 02 TJ.
30k on road and heavy wheeling once a month. all I did was space out the rubber bumps to keep the tire from rocking. no problems so far
Maybe I'm just lucky
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Unread 12-22-2005, 07:34 AM   #20
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Where can I get an aftermarket tire carrier? I am just running 31's, but don't have enough lugs on the stock. Any brand recommended?
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Unread 12-22-2005, 07:41 AM   #21
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I ran that same setup for about 6 months. All I did was extend (or remove) the third brake light and space out the rubber bumpers. The stock carrier is fine for a short time while you save for a more robust option.


I've been offroading maybe 3-4 times since I extended the bumpers and raised the light. This includes some high speed mudding and Blue-3 rock crawling at PAP. I've been driving it for like 3-4 months this way, no problems.

I ahve 33x12.5R15 TrXus MT's.

You can extend the brake light for like $5 using some home depot hardware.

http://www.jeepguide.com/tutorial.php?id=36

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I have a 1.25" BL and 4.5" wheel backspacing.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 07:46 AM   #22
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Where can I get an aftermarket tire carrier? I am just running 31's, but don't have enough lugs on the stock. Any brand recommended?
My buddy just got a Jeeperman and it was fabbed incorrectly. The latch doesn't even hit the striker. I don't like it.

My other buddy has a wilderness rack, but has told me the powdercoating guy they use is bad and both his wilderness racks have started to rush.

My other OTHER buddy has a currie. It's very weak in the receiver area, can't tow with it.

My other OTHER OTHER buddy has an AtoZ Fabrication carrier. You can pretty much tell Zach what you want and he'll make it. Good stuff, is holding up great. He tows an M416 with it too, full of wood. Never had a problem. The bumper is more than solid. He's landed on rocks with it before, naturally dinged it, but it's hardcore. The carrier my friend had Zach design is awesome. Very strong. The hinge is rated high and the latch he got with it is a screw in, which would be my very first choice as others I've seen blow open on the trail.

www.AtoZFabrication.com
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Unread 12-22-2005, 07:51 AM   #23
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nylon strap it into the back seat when you wheel.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 07:56 AM   #24
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nylon strap it into the back seat when you wheel.
That works too, my friend just ratcheted his to the rear floor. Lost a ton of room though and the car smelled like rubber all the time.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 08:51 AM   #25
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What about for street use? Nylon strap is a bit Jed Clampett.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 09:00 AM   #26
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What about for street use? Nylon strap is a bit Jed Clampett.
Throw it on the stock carrier for a few months until you get an aftermarket carrier.

I don't think there's much of a choice. I mean, if you don't care and want to gamble, just LEAVE it on the stock carrier til you start to notice something.

EDIT: My 3rd light extension cost me $5 and the piece of wood I used to extend the bumpers cost me $0.50.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 09:24 AM   #27
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Throw it on the stock carrier for a few months until you get an aftermarket carrier.

I don't think there's much of a choice. I mean, if you don't care and want to gamble, just LEAVE it on the stock carrier til you start to notice something.

EDIT: My 3rd light extension cost me $5 and the piece of wood I used to extend the bumpers cost me $0.50.

Whats the name of the aftermarket carrier? Not the swing type, maybe just an additonal thing that I can attach to clear the light and have more than 1" of lug? Where did you get the light extension. Thanks.

Sorry for the hi-jack original poster.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 09:29 AM   #28
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Whats the name of the aftermarket carrier? Not the swing type, maybe just an additonal thing that I can attach to clear the light and have more than 1" of lug? Where did you get the light extension. Thanks.

Sorry for the hi-jack original poster.
Read my previous posts for information on tire carriers. I prefer:

www.atozfabrication.com

To extend the light:

Go to home depot, buy 4 longer bolts and 4 coupler nuts that are liek 1.5" long and BIGGER than the bolts, so they can slide right over.

Tutorial: http://www.jeepguide.com/tutorial.php?id=36

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Unread 12-22-2005, 09:42 AM   #29
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Gotcha. Thanks!
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Unread 12-22-2005, 12:12 PM   #30
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Whats the name of the aftermarket carrier? Not the swing type, maybe just an additonal thing that I can attach to clear the light and have more than 1" of lug?
I cut the lugs off the stock carrier, dropped some new ones in (longer), and had a shop weld 'em to the carrier. Cost? $3.
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