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Unread 05-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Jeep TJ spare tire carrier

Hey guys, I have a tubular bumper on my 97 TJ. I wanted to get a swing away tire carrier without getting a new bumper. Is that at all possible?

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Unread 05-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Bestop sells one. Look it up.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 09:19 PM   #3
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There are a handful of tub mounted options, but I've got no idea if they're any good. What size tire?

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Unread 05-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #4
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OR-FAB sells one, as does TnT. They mount to the tub, not the Jeep's bumper.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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The tire is 31x10.5
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Unread 05-13-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
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The tire is 31x10.5
With a 31, is it just for aesthetics that you want a different tire carrier? A 31 isn't excessive for the stock one.

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Unread 05-14-2013, 05:07 AM   #7
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I was told a 31 is too much weight to put in your stock one....
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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:29 AM   #8
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I was told a 31 is too much weight to put in your stock one....
Its not. You'll be fine

Iirc, TJ Rubicons come with 31's from the factory.

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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:36 AM   #9
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I've had 31s on my stock carrier for over a year now, no problems at all...
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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:41 AM   #10
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my gate hinges bend down some when i open it with my 31x10.50. I think a 31" is to much weight.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:46 AM   #11
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Rubi's Come with 31"s from factory, i don think they would send them out if they were too heavy for the carrier...
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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:56 AM   #12
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my gate hinges bend down some when i open it with my 31x10.50. I think a 31" is to much weight.
Correlation is not necessarily causation. Even the newest TJ is at least 6 years old. A lot an happen in all that time.

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Unread 05-14-2013, 08:03 AM   #13
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If you want it on the bumper, buy the tire tire carrier of your choice. Any decent welder can put in a "pipe" for it to pivot arm. A good welder will cap the top, and put in a grease zerk too.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 08:06 AM   #14
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Rubi's Come with 31"s from factory, i don think they would send them out if they were too heavy for the carrier...
Jeep also put underpowered 4 cylinders in em. They also used IC engines that only last 300- 400k miles in em.

My point is, nothing is perfect just because it came from the factory. A Rubi 245 tire weighs less than a 31x10.50 thats for sure. Also the later model hinges are horrible compared to the early TJ hinges. Just because Jeep did it, doesnt mean it was for good reason.
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GR8TOPS Exogate mounts to the tub and uses the existing tailgate to hold up heavier spares. Good price too.
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