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post #1 of 9 Old 02-26-2018, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Spare tire weight question

Ok, couldnít really find a definitive answer.

How heavy is just too heavy for the spare tire mount?

Iíve heard the max weight is 50lbs but thereís always a margin built in.

Ive also seen people with a lot of stuff hanging off that back door.

Will my Duratrac 33x12.5r15 at about 75lbs with wheel be too heavy?

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-26-2018, 12:13 PM
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I wrecked mine with a 33x12.5r12 Duratrac on an aluminum wheel. It took a few wheeling trips and about a year.

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-26-2018, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tanksoldier View Post
Ok, couldnít really find a definitive answer.
You couldn't find one because there isn't one definitive answer, it just depends on too many things. There are plenty of threads on how to keep the spare from breaking things, just check em out...
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considering the tire itself (33x12.50/15) weighs pretty close to 50lbs alone, I'd say for the majority of tires the carrier is under-designed.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-26-2018, 02:39 PM
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Even with my 31" Falken I could tell a big difference just in the way it opened/closed. I couldn't imagine any more weight. Plus the impact or shock force every time you hit a pot hole or railroad tracks. That's got to have a effect on the tail gate.

I ended up just taking my spare (and mount) off all together. Made a big difference.

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-26-2018, 04:27 PM
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8 years with a 35" spare and no problems. IF you keep the weight off the tailgate, it's fine. I've done it to 13 of my Jeeps and never had any problems.
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-26-2018, 06:28 PM
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For a spare I've been running the 33x 9.5 BFG MT on a stock aluminum rim on the stock carrier, for over 15 years. No problems yet.

BFG Mt and I think their AT dont have much of a sidewall at all and are pretty light.

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-27-2018, 04:10 AM
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I've had a 33x12.5 for 10+ years, no issues with carrier or tailgate
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-27-2018, 10:52 AM
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I didn't think mine were bad till I actually removed them.
If you don't want the whole Exogate, you can get just the HD hinges (which are also wide swing).

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