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Old 02-09-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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Is there any reason why they say this will not work on an XJ? I'm assuming because it's a lift-gate is the only reason?

http://www.jcwhitney.com/extended-he...estid=10294140

I really need a budget-friendly external spare tire carrier solution. Any ideas guys? Thanks!
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if you have 2 roof rack bars, put them close together, buy a decent thickness steel plate, drill holes to mount with u-bolts on the factory bars, drill hole in the center with a a proper length bolt to tie down the tire with.

its just an idea...not even sure how safe it would be, but it'll be cheap.
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either carry it on your roof, or buy a hitch mounted one.

Do not even think of attaching it to you liftgate. The metal is far too thin to support the weight of a tire.
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That is only for a wrangler as you can see by the picture, and what was stated earlier, the thin metal cannot handle the weight of a tire. if you are some what inclined with tools and are willing to put in some work, you can head over to your local JK and find a blazer or something like that and use it's spare tire carrier. you will have to reinforce the rear quarter panel and mod your rear bumper for it, but there are threads on here for a homebrew tire carrier made with these parts.
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if you have the great talent of welding you can make a swing away for your hitch thats what i did and it took all of 2 weekends and some scrap crap in total it cost me about 35 bucks!!!!!!!!!
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Cheapest.....Duct tape!
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