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Unread 09-15-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Tailgate weight capacity 200 lbs.??

I know that this topic has been hashed around a lot, but I heard something this morning that made me want to ask if others have heard this also.....

I was talking with the 4 wheel specialist that is re-gearing and lifting my Jeep '10 Rubicon and asked about my options for hanging a heavy spare tire, (35 inch Toyo Open Country MT), on the tailgate of my Jeep.

He said that the Jeep tailgate is designed to carry up to 200 lbs. of weight and that I will be fine with the 35 inch spare tire as long as it is well secured and mounted tightly.

I have tried to find information about the weight capacity of the tailgate but have not been able to find any published specs.

I believe what he is saying but I wonder where he got the 200 lb. capacity number for the tailgate.

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Unread 09-15-2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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No way. The welds will never last on the tailgate.
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Unread 09-15-2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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On the same note your tire/rim combo most likely weighs less than 200# (as a guess, probably around 100#) With some extended tire stops from Daystar, you will be fine for the near term.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 12:09 AM   #4
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I have had that same tire mounted on my stock bracket for 3+ years with no problem. One thing you need are either extended tire stops or make sure you have a wedge of some sort between the tire and bumper to prevent movement that way. I have 3.75" BS on my rim and the tire is snug up against the bumper. Even jumping the jeep on dunes and going down some nasty whoopties that have smashed my bumperstops I havent seen any bends so far.

NO idea how that mechanic got 200lbs....from chrysler I have read they are only rated for like 50lbs....
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Unread 09-16-2010, 06:33 AM   #5
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I have had that same tire mounted on my stock bracket for 3+ years with no problem. One thing you need are either extended tire stops or make sure you have a wedge of some sort between the tire and bumper to prevent movement that way. I have 3.75" BS on my rim and the tire is snug up against the bumper. Even jumping the jeep on dunes and going down some nasty whoopties that have smashed my bumperstops I havent seen any bends so far.

NO idea how that mechanic got 200lbs....from chrysler I have read they are only rated for like 50lbs[/SIZE]....
I read that in the users manual yesterday...
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Unread 09-16-2010, 08:23 AM   #6
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If it helps any, here's the exact quote from page 443 of the owners manual (2010-Wrangler-OM-3rd.pdf):

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NOTE: If you have added aftermarket accessories to the spare tire mounted carrier, it cannot exceed a gross weight of 50 lbs (23 kg) including the weight of the spare tire.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 09:57 AM   #7
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You may want to educate that mechanic, otherwise there's going to be some PO'ed customers coming back to him wondering why their tailgates are popping welds.

IMO you can run a 35" on the tailgate for a while as long as you prevent it from jossling around with the Daystar tire stops and resting it on the bumper, but that's with a "normal" 35. I personally wouldn't put a Toyo MT on the tailgate for any extended period of time, that is a heavy *** tire.
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Unread 09-16-2010, 10:09 AM   #8
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The tailgate is rated for more than 50 pounds because the Rubicon wheel/tire weighs 74 pounds.
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Yup...Chrysler rates the tailgate tire carrier at 50 lbs and then hangs the 74 on them...go figure, but that is the fact. I think the mechanic got the 200 lb from the recommended dead hitch weight limit on the trailer hitch rating...not the tire carrier.
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The tailgate is rated for more than 50 pounds because the Rubicon wheel/tire weighs 74 pounds.
That's interesting...

Well just so the OP knows, one Toyo open county MT weighs 83lbs by itself.
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That's interesting...

Well just so the OP knows, one Toyo open county MT weighs 83lbs by itself.

That is heavy! My BFG KM2 35 MT+AEV Pintler was only 95lbs combined. I would think short term you're ok, but for the long haul you might want to start saving for a carrier.
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