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post #1 of 7 Old 04-03-2020, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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94 Yj Bumper tire carrier ????

On my 94 YJ, the stock tire on the back is causing the tailgate to sag.

Im running 31 BFGs So stock spare has limited use (p.o. bought a brand new tire).

I a. Picking up a 31 BFG tonight from a friend Id like to use as a spare.

I use a wheelchair (amputee) so I gotta Be able to open/close the tailgate without lifting up on it to shut properly.

I am considering getting a new bumper, with 2 hitch, and swing away tire carrier.... I have seen several online. Just looking for personal experience and maybe a pic or 2.

Used would be fine, if I could find one.

Tire security without giving up easily being able to swing it open is a must.


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post #2 of 7 Old 04-03-2020, 12:29 PM
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Smittybilt...Works well when lubed properly. Could use a felt pad or washer to adjust the catch so there isn't a rattle. That's a BFG 33"
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-03-2020, 01:11 PM
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I have a Smitty as well and had to mess with it to stop the rattles. I would like to ask you if you have considered running without the spare all together? I ran without one for a year when gas was 5+ a gallon and I only keep one on it now because of aesthetics. Just for perspective I’ve had the Jeep for 24 years and have had only one flat in that entire time and I just pumped it up that time not even swapping it out with a spare before I could get it fixed. Anyway just a thought.



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post #4 of 7 Old 04-03-2020, 06:20 PM
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I prefer a tub mounted one... doesn't lock you into a bumper style / design.

I designed mine after this..https://www.tntcustoms.com/jeep_part...lj_tnt_customs
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After a couple of attempts to build a bumper mounted setup that wouldnt rattle, I resorted to the body mount too. I was trying to put a second mount on the body but with a little movement between the frame and body (even with the two tied together) I was afraid of bad things happening.
Ended up tying the mounts into the cage and dropping a leg down to sit on the bumper. Found this as an acceptable solution to take shock loads off the body, some say its over kill but it lets me sleep at night.
Still need to come up with a better latch but the pin works for now.

Yes, it was inspired by a few designs above.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-03-2020, 11:07 PM
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I did have headaches with rattles when I picked up my tire carrier.

Made me miss the Nissan Pathfinder carrier I built and was tub mounted. I think tub mounted is superior as well.

I modified my current one and changed the handle to a heavy duty one. Never liked the 'peg' style latch smitty incorporated. Zero problems since aside from having to take it off and lube the spindle manually after every winter. Heims are definitely easier.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-04-2020, 12:10 AM
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There are a ton of different bumper/swing makers out there. Just depends on what quality you want and what you're willing to spend. I have the RockHard bumper/swing combo on the LJ. But you can get the same type for a YJ. It's pricey, but I can attest to it's quality and strength. Carrying my 37" heavy arse spare it doesn't rattle or move. And the latching system to top notch... something to consider in making a choice. I had a typical swing out smittybuilt type knockoff, but I had to put 2 separate latches on it to keep it from shacking and rattling.

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