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post #1 of 20 Old 03-27-2020, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Exogate tire carrier with Body Armor

So I am looking at moving up to 35s and want to replace the factory tire carrier. The Exogate seems like the highest recommended tire carrier out there.

I have the Metalcloak body armor on my jeep, which would conflict with the mounting brackets for the Exogate.

My thoughts would be to just cut some 1/4 spacers out of some steel plate to fill the gap between the body and body armor. Would that suffice, or would I need to weld it to the body armor to reinforce it to prevent the body from bending. I would plan on drilling through the Exogate mount to have the body armor bolt go through the Exogate mount as well. You can see that bolt in the attached picture of my jeep.

Also, I would assume I should use a spacer between the Exogate hinge and the Exogate mount that bolts to the tailgate section.

Just trying to get my project planned out while I have all this downtime...

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So I am looking at moving up to 35s and want to replace the factory tire carrier. The Exogate seems like the highest recommended tire carrier out there.
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I have seen Jerry recommend it, and other than that, I have seen many others on here, Wrangler forum, and a local forum state that they have no complaints with them, and they handle 35s with no issues.

I know I have seen you state that you havent had any issues with the stock carrier and 35s.

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I don't believe welding the plates to the existing armour would be necessary so long as the plates are the same thickness and the Exogate's body mount plate fits tightly up against the armour. You are correct in your thought that equal thickness spacers would also be required between the tailgate's bracket and hinges.

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I don't believe welding the plates to the existing armour would be necessary so long as the plates are the same thickness and the Exogate's body mount plate fits tightly up against the armour. You are correct in your thought that equal thickness spacers would also be required between the tailgate's bracket and hinges.

Thanks for the insights.

I will go ahead and order it, and see if I can get it before NC shuts down...

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I don't believe welding the plates to the existing armour would be necessary so long as the plates are the same thickness and the Exogate's body mount plate fits tightly up against the armour. You are correct in your thought that equal thickness spacers would also be required between the tailgate's bracket and hinges.

Thanks for the insights.

I will go ahead and order it, and see if I can get it before NC shuts down...

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It looks like your corners are cut out around your hinges, if so you may need to make two filler pieces for them and a filler to for the tailgate also. I know I just installed this on my 05 with Genright corners, the difference is the Genrights do not cut out around the hinges they use spacers for the tailgate itself. I ended up getting a piece of alum and used the tailgate frame part as a template and cut out the alum and use it as a spacer.
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It looks like your corners are cut out around your hinges, if so you may need to make two filler pieces for them and a filler to for the tailgate also. I know I just installed this on my 05 with Genright corners, the difference is the Genrights do not cut out around the hinges they use spacers for the tailgate itself. I ended up getting a piece of alum and used the tailgate frame part as a template and cut out the alum and use it as a spacer.
Yeah, the corners are cut out around the hinges. So looks like just putting spacers in will work. Thanks.

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So I went ahead and purchased the hinge kit.

While fabricating the spacers, I found that MC body armor is not quite 1/4in thick, maybe a military thinner, but I figure it is close enough.

I locked up where the hinge plate will be located and ran into an issue I was hoping to avoid. The hinge plate will be over a portion of my taillight mounting ring and two of the three bolts that hold it in.

The taillight sits all but flush with the body, so I figure I will remove the two bolts, put a little bit of gasket sealer on the ring and let the mounting plate hold the taillight in.

As for the bolts for the body armor, I plan on drilling holes into the mounting bracket and running them through both the body armor and bracket. Mostly for piece of mind.

Any thoughts on my plan? Below are pictures of location where the bracket will go, with and without the bracket mocked up.

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I would trim the plate to go around the light, also since you are making a plate to fill in you will need to make one for the tailgate so it sit the same distance out

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I would trim the plate to go around the light, also since you are making a plate to fill in you will need to make one for the tailgate so it sit the same distance out
Yeah, I was debating triming the plate, but with it being powder coated and only having a angle grinder, I was hoping to avoid that.

Maybe I will place it over the light for now, and once the world reopens hit up a buddies house to have him help me nearly make the trim.

I did Fab some spacers for the tailgate, thanks for looking out!

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I ended up deciding to cut out around the light. It came out alright... All I had here to do it was an angle grinder, and no real experience.

Going to have to pull the hinges off to install the tailgate. my tailgate has the floating bracket for the hinge, and I just can't get it to line up when it is on the jeep.



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Say what you will about Rusty’s, but I think their tailgate tire carrier is extremely well made. I have the Mopar steel corners and didn’t need to trim anything. It’ll also stay on when I swap axles because it has other bolt patterns on the adjustable mount.
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Say what you will about Rustyís, but I think their tailgate tire carrier is extremely well made. I have the Mopar steel corners and didnít need to trim anything. Itíll also stay on when I swap axles because it has other bolt patterns on the adjustable mount.

I went with the Rusty setup as well. It was a tight fit around my Savvy tail light on passenger side, unlike a stock light.
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