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post #1 of 3 Old 08-23-2019, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on repairing tire carrier hinge

So I have an old LoD rear bumper and tire carrier, and the bushing in the hinge has been shot for years. I've just been running without the carrier on the bumper. The hinge is a bushing over a 1.25" pin. I was going to call LoD and see it I could get a replacement bushing, but I believe they've since switched to bearings, and I should probably do the same anyway. Especially since the pin is nice and crusty now.

I'm looking at the AtoZ Fab hinge kit on Amazon that uses bearings, I'd just have to weld it in. About that... I have a 220v wire feed, but I'm extremely new at YouTube-taught welding. Would cutting the bushing housing off and burning in a new hinge kit be a good way to go, or am I making things more difficult than I need to? I'm actually not as concerned with the bushing housing as I am with not having a clue how that old rusty pin is secured to the bumper.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-25-2019, 09:52 AM
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Pin probably goes threw to the bottom and welded. Replace the bushing(or upgrade to the bearing) clean the rust off the pin grease it and you are good to go. If it where mine i would put a boot over the top to keep the weather/dirt out of it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-12-2019, 12:33 AM
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The AtoZ kit is well made. Is it the super spindle? Both are smooth and strong. You may be better off to cut the old and plate over it and set the AtoZ spindle a little further out on the bumper. This will give you more swing clearance too. I.m going to do a AtoZ mega and put it out about 3" further on the bumper, it will give enough room to let the gas can swing out further from rear window.

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