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post #1 of 16 Old 03-27-2020, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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CJ 7 Swing Away Add Ons

Anyone know of a company that makes bolt on add ons for a factory CJ 7 swing away tire carrier? Looking for jerry can holders and top basket. Do not want to buy new rear bumper as sporting the factory chrome bumperettes. Have 33" spare to fit might be an issue.

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-27-2020, 10:55 AM
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I wouldn't mount anything extra to the factory tire carrier, it just bolts to the body and is marginal to hold a larger than stock tire. If you are wanting to haul jerry cans and a basket, even though you don't want to, I would be looking at a bumper mounted carrier system. You should be able to find something that will still let you mount the chrome bumperettes
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No company as far as I know due to the fact that they know any additional weight on the factory carrier will rip the sheet metal apart. Even the weight of your 33" spare tire will stress the sheet metal on the drivers side latch area from the constant jarring ride of a CJ. Adding that 33" tire, weight of Jerry can or cans full of fuel and a basket, you will be over 150lbs of weight for something that was designed to hold maybe 60lbs.

Even the 32" spare tire I carry as a spare had me reinforce the the carrier with additional support brackets.

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Yep, I ran a 32" spare for a number of years. Hard off-roading started to take its toll. Added brass bushings to the carrier bolt holes and got another couple years out of it before replacing with a bumper mounted swing out carrier.

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X2 to all the comments about weight on the OEM tire carrier. In a related note, I notice when OEM carriers are sold, rarely do they include all (if any) of the necessary hardware for OEM installation. Looking at the diagram posted by Keith, Number 25 is frequently not included and it is an important brace. I presume many sellers are not aware of it or its importance, but it can be a pain to remove as well. When negotiating a purchase of a carrier, make sure No. 25 and all other hardware is included.

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X2 to all the comments about weight on the OEM tire carrier. In a related note, I notice when OEM carriers are sold, rarely do they include all (if any) of the necessary hardware for OEM installation. Looking at the diagram posted by Keith, Number 25 is frequently not included and it is an important brace. I presume many sellers are not aware of it or its importance, but it can be a pain to remove as well. When negotiating a purchase of a carrier, make sure No. 25 and all other hardware is included.

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100% correct. I eventually sold my oem setup, totally complete. It was a good deal even with the wear. I see the swing out portion alone sell for good money, and I hope the buyers already have the related brackets.

Agree that some people selling parts either aren't aware, or are aware and don't want to put in the work, knowing they can make a sale anyway to someone who doesn't know any better.
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Added brass bushings to the carrier bolt holes...

I have done that also. Drilled out the original 7/16" hole to 1/2" and then added 1/2" OD x 3/8" ID Flange Bushings to the holes, top and bottom. No need for the thin plastic thrust washer after the Flange Bushings are installed.


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I have done that also. Drilled out the original 7/16" hole to 1/2" and then added 1/2" OD x 3/8" ID Flange Bushings to the holes, top and bottom. No need for the thin plastic thrust washer after the Flange Bushings are installed
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Did you shorten the threaded portion of the bolt? Hard to tell from the pictures, but looks that way.

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Did you shorten the threaded portion of the bolt?

Yes we did. The 3/8-16 bolt shank was the full length from top to the bottom and we cut off the excess threads to match the original OEM length.
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Yes we did. The 3/8-16 bolt shank was the full length from top to the bottom and we cut off the excess threads to match the original OEM length.
Nicely done. Excellent attention to detail. I'd love to see your Jeep in person someday.

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I haven't done anything yet , but was thinking of welding a 2x6x1/4 rectangular tube to the frame, pivot a tire holder from that and not rely on the body at all. Just a thought.
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I did this to mine...Made out of some scrap metal I had laying around.
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I did this to mine...Made out of some scrap metal I had laying around.

And your tailgate hinges are upside down....


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And your tailgate hinges are upside down....


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HA HA I see this so often, mine are also, but not my doing and don't want to strip the heads trying to swap them.
Thank you all, I think I will leave well enough alone. Just find another way to transport these things.
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I know, I know. I've been told this like 100 times, but it always slips my mind to flip them over. Maybe one day I will do it.
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