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post #1 of 15 Old 03-18-2005, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Tire Carrier ??

I just had some new 31x12.5 Pro Comp ATs put on the Jeep and I'm wondering if the stock tire carrier can carry the weight of the new tire and steel wheel without damaging the rear door?? The tire weighs about 45 pounds and the Crager 397 is about 22-25 lbs. Do you thing it will be alright? Thanx for the help


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If you do a search you'll find that the general consensus is that the 31 will be fine.

Most people say that once you get up to 33's that the stock carrier needs to be replaced.

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yeah, I just mounted a 32x11.50 tire on a 15x8 crager wheel on my stock tire carrier the other day.

I raised the thrid brake like an inch and also extended my rubber isolater that are attached to the tailgate so that it touches the spare to prevent it from moving back and forth much.

I read about some people being perfectly fine running bigger tires (up to 33") on a stock carrier but yet I also hear horror stories of others having them crack or bending.

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I put my 33" on the stock carrier, i have yet to move the light ... it is still partially visible over the tire.

While, I do intend on getting a bumper mounted tire swing in the future, i have yet to notice any ill effects of the larger tire on the stock mount. I can imagine that keeping the tailgate open for extended periods of time would lead to problems, but for now the stock mounts apear to hold the additional weight just fine.
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If you don't wheel your Jeep you may not notice any effects soon, but the weight will put too much stress on your hinge (this is for 32" and bigger)

With a 31, you'll be fine.
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The only issue I had with my 31's was the new BS of my wheel was 3.75
If you do not use some kind of spacer that will allow the rubber tire stops to make contact with the tire, you may (very probable) have damage to the tailgate system.
I used Rubber mallet heads cut in half and longer bolts myself.

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Try the stock mount for a while. You will be able to see the tire bouncing around if it's going to be too heavy. I ran around for a month or so with a 33x12.5 on a pro-comp alloy on the factory mount. It was quickly apparent that the tire was too heavy. The worst was the rythmic bouncing on the freeway - from the expansion joints in the pavement. The tire bounced around like Ali. A bumper / tire carrier was in order, the tailgate wouldn't have lasted long.
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Most important thing is to make sure the tire contacts all the little rubber bumpers on the tailgate area to stop it shaking.
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Another new guy here, with a question very similar to this post.

I got a spare tire mounted rack (Thule 987xt with 943) for my 05 Rubi and was wondering how much weight the tire carrier can handle in addition to the spare. I am looking at this rack plus a pair of skis and 2 snowboards. Does anybody else use this setup?

I was going to go with the Mopar unit, but it could only carry skis.
My friends are wimpy snowboard riders , so I needed to carry both.


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Tire carrier weight


You should be fine. The stock Rubi 245/75 R 16 is a very heavy tire. It weighs 76 pounds mounted on the Moab rims. I would be a little cautious about adding anything else because the owner’s manual for 2004 says maximum weight for the tire carrier INCLUDING the tire and rim is 50 pounds. If you have a problem, DC will undoubtedly pull the manual out and try to rub your nose in the 50 pound comment.

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post #12 of 15 Old 03-18-2005, 09:26 PM
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My tailgate hinges started failing even with the stock 30" gsa on it. I wouldn't trust even a 31 on the factory mount. Granted mine is a '98 and they have done something with the hinges since then, hopefully made them stronger.


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I run a 33" tire on the stalk carrier without a problem, on the other hand I am waiting for my custom bumper and tire carrier to be completed.
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warn swing away tire carrier was the solution to my problem. <------------- in case if u ever have one.
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And I'm right in the middle of my Jeeperman tire carrier/rear bumper install as we speak. I had to take a break.

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