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post #1 of 9 Old 07-19-2021, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Custom spare tire and jerry can mount

Just wanted to show some pics of the most recent project on my '71 CJ5. Needed a spare tire mount, and I wanted it to swing out so I could still get at the tail gate. My fuel gauge doesn't work, so I thought rather than fix it, I'll just throw a jerry can on the back too. Here's what it looked like before: inkedimg_4406a.jpg


So I kind of held my spare up, measured some things, and built a triangle frame out of 1 1/2" x 3" steel. I built the hinge from a thick pipe and rod that fit together pretty closely, and the pin (on the right side) out of the same material. Strapped the whole thing on and welded my hinge and pin assembly. img_4509a.jpg

I bought the wheel studs and lug nuts without a plan. I ended up cutting a circular piece of steel , drilling holes, and welding them in place. Worked okay, there is probably a better way to do that. img_4519a.jpg

Started building the jerry can holder by tracing the can and cutting it out of 1/4" plate. Then bent some thin strap around it, and made sides and a retainer on top. img_4649a.jpg

Built a special bolt out of all-thread, and ended up welding on some thumb screw tabs (not in this photo) so I don't need a tool to remove it. img_4951a.jpg

The bottom just has my mount, which raised it to the same bottom height as the spare tire, and I cut holes to save weight and drain water. img_4953a.jpg

Anyway, I thought it was a cool project, and didn't find very many examples of DIYers that I liked. Here's the finished deal. img_5520a.jpg

Anybody else build a custom spare mount?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-19-2021, 04:31 PM
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Here is my attempt a while back. Has removable receiver hitch adapter, so I can mount optional rack for longer trips.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/7DL4PJZJ89juj9ko2


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Looks good to me, and building it yourself is the way to go, if you can handle that kind of fab work. I like having access to my tailgate, so building a swing style spare tire rack will be in my future one day. I can envision your design with minor changes looking good on the back of a CJ-7.

Now you need new “71” numbers in the swing-out arm.

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Jurgen24- Wow, that's doctorate level. Very cool!
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I put a swing gate on both of my Jeeps, they are sorta similar

I reckon I'm prouder on the one on my '46

Also see my pics in "post 3" in this link

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/s...mpers-4420421/

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Looks very solid, do you have an approximate weight?

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Nice 71! Is it a 4 cylinder or V-6?
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Weight?

Rack alone maybe close to 50 lbs???

Willy kinda has the square tubing close together, and it's a little narrower than "Mr. Jeeps" and is better self supporting

If I go back to make it better, I'll weld a angled strap of sorts (like a turn buckle) high on the hinge side and low towards the middle to keep the little bit of sag that it has out of it when it's opened.

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Yes, it is one of the design issues to get a rigid and robust frame without adding weight. When you then put on a large off road tyre the forces off roading can be significant.

Unfortunately my engineers would tell on me if I asked them to evaluate a tyre mount, all our machines have tracks!

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