After installing my lift and getting larger tires (35’s), I needed to figure out how to mount my spare just like everyone else. Although I can fab-up my own bumper, it’s taking a back seat for the time being. What I did to make the tire fit on the stock set-up was simple. I do not take the credit for this mod at all. I saw it on someone’s post and thought it was such great idea. I tried to find the post so I could give that person the credit but can’t. When done, the tire just cleared the third brake light and the snubbers just touch the tire. So I bought the Daystar adj. snubbers but haven’t installed them yet though. The pics show what I did.
First I marked where I wanted to cut and then clamped the bumper down so as not to move while cutting.
A hole saw on either side under the bumper will take care of that. Plus it’s only temporary. The tire covers most of the gap and sits very close to the cutout. So it’s not like trees are going to fall in.
My 35" BFG KM2 on my blackrock wheels (17x8 with 4.5" BS) actually sat ON the bumper cut-out without me modifying it. It sat in there so snug it really couldnt vibrate up and down at all, and it took a lot of the pressure off the gate carrying it when closed, because it was resting on the bumper, in addition to hanging on the carrier.
I am running spareless now for the heck of it, with the vent covered up with a finisher plate. I have the spare in the cargo area (where its a very tight fit also), but I was comfortable with mine on the gate, except when I had to open the gate and let it hang there.
I bought a spacer that bolts to the factory mount so it will clear. I don't have the b$@ls to start cutting my bumper up.
Since I’m going to be making a bumper and tossing the factory one I didn’t want to spend the money for a spacer. Plus with a spacer the tire is sitting out farther, therefor putting even more strain on the tailgate.