Not a really big deal but I bought some rubber isolators (those things are really hard to find! ) and I extended my bumpstops. Because of the backspacing on my wheel, I had to sand sandwich two 1" isolators together and sand one of them down. I did this on the left and right hand bumpstops on the tailgate. The bottom was fine.
I also raised my 3rd brake light.
The tire fits much better now and it is only slightly harder to clost than a stock tire. So I'm not worried about it. It's temporary anyways. But it's definitely a requirement (IMO) if you are going to mount a larger tire on your tailgate. Otherwise damage could occur really quick. It isn't really pretty, but I'm not trying to show off my bumpstops anyways.
"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." -- Alexis de Tocqueville
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it” -- Mark Twain
I made a tire carrier. I've had the bumper for 3 years, ordered a bare steel tire carrier frame, built the rest. The bare steel frame and hinge came from www.tuffdesigns.com. This is only the 3rd or 4th thing I've made, and the first time I've used solid wire & Argon. Everything else I've done was with flux-core. Used a Lincoln Electric Pro-Mig 175 for all of this.
Here's the bumper on day 2, hinge welded on both top & bottom. Swing stops and latch stops done. I also fabricated that grey bench with flux-core.
Before gussets, latch attachment and caps are all done:
Hinge close up:
Finished, there are jerry can mounts and a hi-lift mount...just not bolt on here.
I still need to make the third brake light holder....gotta think about it for a while. Also going to make a trail rack and a CB antenna mount.
2003 TJ X Silver | 31x10.50x15 BFG A/Ts | 10k front tow hooks, factory rear tow hook | 2" coil spacers | Cobra 19 with RatShack 102" stainless whip on an Arizona RockyRoad tire carrier mount | Kilby Steering Box Skid | AtoZ Fabrication Rock Sliders | Olympic Slider Rear Bumper w Receiver | Skid Row Engine/Oil/Tranny skid (still sitting in my living room)
Thanks to all who have shared there cool ideas. This is a great thread, defiantly needs to be permanent.
[CENTER][SIZE="4"][COLOR="DarkOrange"]2002 Wrangler X[/COLOR][/SIZE]
4.5" RE Superflex | Front and Rear Adjustable RE Track Bars | AA SYE/Tom Woods CV Driveshaft | 33 x 12.50 MTs | 3.07s
Next Upgrades - Rear Axle Swap and REGEARING![/CENTER]