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post #1 of 11 Old 07-21-2019, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Spare Tire Carrier Build

SO I needed a place to carry a 32" tire. Didn't wanna spend an arm and a leg. Bought a 750lb folding hitch basket from Harbor Freight, 25% coupon made it $80 w tax. Used the folding mechanism and the main 2" tube and built off that. Attached a 5x5 wheel spacer I had lyin around to mount the wheel. Seems damn solid and doesn't wobble at all.

Out of the box it wobbles like hell. Trick is to weld a couple of beads across 2 sides of the hitch where it slides into the receiver, and drill a new 5/8 hole to allow it to sit as deep in the receiver as possible. Grind the beads down until it slides in w no slop. Then use a 5/8 bolt instead of a hitch pin and crank it down tight.

The photos explain the rest. I'm tired of typing.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-22-2019, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Nice, I had thought about doing something similar in the interim until I can fab a rear bumper. Not sure about Washington but in CO they'll pull you over if you License plate is not illuminated at night.

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I like it, well done. If required by state law, you could fab up a tag bracket fairly easily.
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True enough, I am supposed to have a license plate light. Will they muck with me over it ...probably not. If so, I will find a way to weasel out of it and then take appropriate measures. Not really interested in following the letter of the law, just because it’s a law. There are far too many of them anyway
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Nice, I had thought about doing something similar in the interim until I can fab a rear bumper. Not sure about Washington but in CO they'll pull you over if you License plate is not illuminated at night.
Here is what I used to "solve" that light problem:
https://www.safetysign.com/products/...light?s=sk1s41
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True enough, I am supposed to have a license plate light. Will they muck with me over it ...probably not. If so, I will find a way to weasel out of it and then take appropriate measures. Not really interested in following the letter of the law, just because itís a law. There are far too many of them anyway
Don't think about it terms of "not a big deal". Think about it in terms of getting pulled over, late at night, on your way home from a party, bar, etc., just because a light is out/missing. Then you hear "Sir, have you been drinking tonight?" "Please turn off the engine and step out of the vehicle".

Like I said before, don't give them an obvious reason to pull you over. Like the song says, "One thing leads to another"...
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Don't think about it terms of "not a big deal". Think about it in terms of getting pulled over, late at night, on your way home from a party, bar, etc., just because a light is out/missing. Then you hear "Sir, have you been drinking tonight?" "Please turn off the engine and step out of the vehicle".

Like I said before, don't give them an obvious reason to pull you over. Like the song says, "One thing leads to another"...

That was my thought. In my area, and probably the majority, crap like that gives them cause to pull you over. I've watched enough Live PD to know

Now you have me wanting to get the welder out and make my own. That really is a nice job.
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Don't think about it terms of "not a big deal". Think about it in terms of getting pulled over, late at night, on your way home from a party, bar, etc., just because a light is out/missing. Then you hear "Sir, have you been drinking tonight?" "Please turn off the engine and step out of the vehicle".

Like I said before, don't give them an obvious reason to pull you over. Like the song says, "One thing leads to another"...
Well said, and a very good point indeed. Where I live the cops are financially incentivized to prey on the motoring public. Pull you over so they can suck your wallet. You're right...I should rework the plate.

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That was my thought. In my area, and probably the majority, crap like that gives them cause to pull you over. I've watched enough Live PD to know

Now you have me wanting to get the welder out and make my own. That really is a nice job.
thanks. It turned out pretty well. Had it on some washboard today
and it was solid as can be.

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