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Old 11-09-2010, 07:31 AM
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Hello,

I promised to provide my take on a swing down tire carrier.
Here you go.

My custom made bumper ( made by me ) had a 2" reciever built in.



I was tired of hauling the 150 lbs of tire and rim off the roof rack, also wanted to get the CG back down lower.

This is what I came up with:



Rear View in up position.



Rear view down position.



Side view down position.

Now details:

It straddles the hitch and bolts above and below, I put a 5/8" bolt through the hitch and it can still be used.
The side plates are 3/8" plate.
It is as high as I could make it and not have it stick above the roof, it does not sacrifice ground clearance.



This is the clearance to the hatch when it is being opened. ( Tire in down position )



Here is a close up of the mechanism. ( Tire in up position )

The bumper is held on with the factory 8 bolts plus 2 x 2 tube that goes into the unibody and is bolted by 6 more 1/2" bolts ( Same as skid plate and factory trailer hitch )



The hitch cover removed.

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I like it but it looks like it takes 2 people to operate it.
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Nope,

Pull the pin, lower tire until it bottoms out on the hitch rubber cap, raise it a little and inset pin.
It is not light as the tire and rim combo is 150 lbs.
But since it is not free weight and on a controlled arc it is not to bad.
I field tested it twice now and had good results.

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I like it but it looks like it takes 2 people to operate it.
how do you figure? its takes almost two people to remove a 35" spare from a roof the swing out carriers are lame and everyone has one as well as a roof rack. i like it it works its simple and it looks easy enought for ONE person to do. at least for a man!
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Any shots from the side with the tire up?
I love it though.
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how do you figure? its takes almost two people to remove a 35" spare from a roof the swing out carriers are lame and everyone has one as well as a roof rack. i like it it works its simple and it looks easy enought for ONE person to do. at least for a man!

i obviously wasnt talking about the weight of it dips%$t. i was talking about having to hold the tire and reach around and put the pin in the side. but i guess for someone like you who is used to giving a reach around on a regular basis it would be no big deal.
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I love the idea, looks well built MY only problem is the fact that I would be in and out of the rear hatch 150 times more often then I would be getting a spare off the roof. thats looks like something you ought to start fabbing up and selling. great job. thanks for sharing.
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i obviously wasnt talking about the weight of it dips%$t. i was talking about having to hold the tire and reach around and put the pin in the side. but i guess for someone like you who is used to giving a reach around on a regular basis it would be no big deal.
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I really like it! Are you going to make any more to sell?
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To AZ4Wheeler, I'm in the back of mine a lot too! But the hatch usually stays open because that's where all the tools my friends need and most importantly...the BEER!
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Will post side viewpic in the AM from faster computer.
No plans to make and sell, kind of short on time these days.
Thanks for comments feel free to R&D (Ripp off and Duplicate )

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Looks good and I bet its a lot easier than getting it off the roof!
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Side view picture added.



Enjoy.

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I like it. I really need to get A welder an learn how to weld
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