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post #1 of 12 Old 06-11-2021, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Where does the spare mount on my '77 CJ5?

Dear Forum,
The spare tire for my jeep is just tossed in the back where the rear seat would have gone.
What am I missing for mounting my spare, like it originally came from the factory?
I imagine it would have bolted onto the back tail gate. Doesn't the spare on there make it more difficult to close the tail gate after it is opened, and the weight make it slam down when unfastened?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-11-2021, 08:05 PM
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Factory provided spare tire mounts for the Jeep CJ5 1977 model year:

CJ5 with tailgate: passenger rear fender side mounted.

CJ5 with solid back panel: rear center solid mount - no swing out.

Dealer-installed spare tire mount options were available such as a rear swing out. Many after-market Jeep CJ
spare tire mounts were also available.

Since your CJ5 has a tailgate - look for the four holes on the rear passenger fender for the spare mount bracket.

Assuming your 5 has the original unmolested body. Do a search on here for spare tire mount.

Good luck with your 5!

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One item I forgot to mention is if your CJ has large wheels and tires then a bumper type swing-out carrier
would be preferred over a direct bolt on mount to the body. My 5 has 15X8 steel white spoke wheels with
31X10.50 tires. I would not mount this size or anything larger direct to the body.

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I have a '77

after tearing the spare off of the side for the third time

Each time it was not pretty, Not off roading---just squeezing in without thinking

Each time I swore I'd be more careful!

I went ahead and built me a swing gate for the spare and my gas can (I do have a tailgate)

My 1st '77 w/304 did not have a tailgate, the spare was in the rear.

See post 3 and on in this post https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/s...mpers-4420421/ for modifications I made to my home made rack, other folks ideas in the same thread

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I have the spare on the back of my 51 cj3a. Ok, tailgate no longer opens but it so much more convenient than the side mount. This then opens up the area for a carrying handle.
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I'm one behind JEEPFELLER on the number of times I've knocked the spare off the side--once with a tree on the trail and once on the side of my truck when I got in to much of a hurry to get it put up before the thunderstorm hit. I then just through it into the back until I needed the space for all the boss' chit on a weekend trip. Figured I've never had a flat so I won't need it. Mr. Murphy was alive and well on that trip and luckily I discovered the nail before it went flat. I also found the only tire shop in a small town still open after closing time on a Friday before a three day weekend. As soon as I got home I put the side mount bracket on the tailgate. Haven't really missed the use of the tailgate either.

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Say WHAT????

This then opens up the area for a carrying handle.
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Say WHAT????

This then opens up the area for a carrying handle.
The military Jeeps had heavy duty grab handles at each rear fender on the rounded corner and one on each side near where the passenger opening curve started. These were used by soldiers to free the Jeep when stuck. Bagus is saying by removing the side mounted spare it makes room for the grab handle.

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Have the concept, just never saw any on the service Jeeps when I was in MC '80-'88. Makes perfect sense
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Factory location with tailgate on a CJ-5:
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Factory Whitco brand swing away tire carrier installed by dealer as an option:
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Say WHAT????

This then opens up the area for a carrying handle.
Never tried to carry it due to my bad back but at 2100 lb (950kg) it is possible to carry with about 12 men.

But mainly you just want to lift it out of the mud or soft sand and you need somewhere to grab, as these blokes all found out. Useful accessories!!
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Looking at those photos in the Pacific, it reminded me to get some wheel chains!!!

BagusJeep lives in Bali with far too many 4x4s:
1981 CJ7 258ci - Bagusjeep
1984 CJ7 258ci - Puthijeep
1981 J20 258ci - Gladys
1951 Willys CJ3A/MB/M38 - Little Willy
1995 Cherokee 4.0 - CHEROKEE
1980 Land Rover Series III 109" troop carrier - ROVER
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