Everybody who installs a lift and larger tires considers the
samething. What do I do with my spare tire? You have a few options.
1) Forsake your spare tire and leave it at home, but of course if you need it
on the run your in trouble.
2) You install your spare tire on your stock tail gate and take the chance of
the weight stressing your stock hinges.
3) You install a new tire carrier in the forum of a swing out carrier and a
Ok, now we have decided to choose option 3. Incase you haven't checked on the
net or in your favorite magazine there are nearly dozens of compaines, designs
and needless to say options.
I decided to give Steve from StevesJeepFab.com
a call. he had a few options and ideas for me to choose from. I choose a carrier
with a Hi-Lift option and a detachable set of gerry cans.
18 mm Wrench and Sockets
10 mm Wrench and Sockets
¾" Wrench and Sockets w/ Extension(s)
1- ½" Wrench or Socket for Pivot Nut (although a crescent
wrench would work)
Man = 2 Hours (+/-)
This is a fairly easy modification and can be 'tweaked' to the owners liking.
I ordered the Gerry can carrier option for the long trails (periodically)
that I'd like to carry a little extra fuel. For a minor optional adder and
simply informing Steve's Jeep Fab, you can have a second extended tire carrier
insert and Gerry can tabs and hold downs with bolts. Well worth the flexibility
to me, as I can run with or without Gerry cans in minutes and mount the Hi-Lift
jack in a couple different locations.
I would also recommend having a second person from time to time to just help
line up the bumper and get the bolts started, and holding the Hi-Lift while
it's being secured, but it isn't a must. One man can install this set up.
Written by IBTJn,
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kit was pretty much complete. You get the following items:
Bumper with swing out hinge
Tire carrier with latch
Tire carrier stud mount with optional gerry can mount
Tire carrier stud mount with out gerry can mount.
current bumper, spare tire, brake light (if applicable), factory
tow hook(s) (if applicable), and tire carrier from rear.
the 18mm factory frame bottom bolts, lift up new bumper and
install the factory bumper bolts.
the (2ea) frame tab bolts to the frame
pivot shaft prior to swing away installation.
swing away moving it slowly back and forth while applying
mild pressure downward. Once down about 1" or so, you
can attach nut to the pivot stud/shaft and snug.
Grease provided zerk fitting on swivel pivot shaft assembly.
Move back and forth to distribute grease, and adjust nut according
to preferred tension.
carrier to the closed and locked position..
locking hand latch assembly.
**NOTE: It should be adjusted to allow a final pressure "lock"
in tire carrier to swing away slot and adjust to receive
3" Grade 8 bolt & nut.
**NOTE: I found it easier to install carrier all the way
out, add wheel, then find out adjustment point(s).
Install the 3" Grade 8 bolt and nut into slot and tighten
Tighten down top "rattle" top bolt (provided on
some to simulate road conditions and snug/tighten accordingly
this bumper (Gerry can version), I have (2) sets of mounting
tabs that I could have used for the Hi-Lift Jack. I opted
for the top one, as the bottom somewhat blocks the license
plate, which I didn't care for. So I opted to mount it top
side. With a couple of simple brackets, I could have even
mounted it at a 45 degree angle and been okay.
used (2) ½" x ¼" thick 304SS 90
degree brackets by Powerstrut. These are typically found
in the electrical section of larger hardware stores and
are very strong and corrosion resistant. I installed some
spacer washers, and mounted the jack in a vertical position.
Now keep in mind, you may not need to do this. The spare
tire size, type, and manufacturer will likely make a difference
to how you end up. This is what worked for me though.
is a side view of the carrier installed.
the rear with the carrier shut and latched
mounted and swing away open
here, you can adjust and tweak the unit as you see fit. I messed around with
adjustment for a couple of days, deciding on where I wanted to mount the Hi-Lift,
and moving tailgate rubber bumper stops to reduce any movement, vibration, etc.
The 3rd brake light I simple zip tied it to the swing away, as I plan on attempting
to add one. The factory unit will not work…or to my personal liking anyway.
But there are a ton of different lighting options for that out there. I'll mess
with that at my leisure. Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase from Steve's
Jeep Fab and would recommend it as being a very good value. Steve's Jeep Fab
was helpful and friendly on my options for the building of this bumper.