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Old 03-15-2016, 09:05 PM
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Wel I finally picked up a spare tire today only to realize I have literally no where to put it. My trunk is occupied by a subwoofer and toolbox, and I have no roof rack. Rear bumper carriers are expensive and it got me thinking. I wonder if there's a way to drill through the hatch itself, mount some bracing to it on both sides and then mount the tire on that. Of course I realize opening the hatch would be more difficult and making it stay open might require a pole instead of the gas shocks lol but that's not the point. Anyone ever seen or heard of this?
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No. The hatch is fiberglass and even with bracing, a tire won't be very sturdy. You could make a fold down carrier that attached to a receiver hitch
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Edit: just realized you have the metal hatch. I still wouldn't do it
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Edit: just realized you have the metal hatch. I still wouldn't do it
Hitch received isn't s bad idea. I'm just wondering if this is plausible. And yeah metal works haha. I understand it wouldn't be "sturdy" but how bad could it be?
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Not my xj but that's what I'm planning
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I understand it wouldn't be "sturdy" but how bad could it be?
Your GF/Wife is driving down the road and a loosely mounted spare tire falls off the vehicle in front of them. The cops are knocking on your door....we are very sorry to inform you...
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Your GF/Wife is driving down the road and a loosely mounted spare tire falls off the vehicle in front of them. The cops are knocking on your door....we are very sorry to inform you...
Isn't that the same as if the lugs come off of your tire driving down the road or any other rear of the vehicle carrier. Unless it rips a while clear through the hatch and bracing mechanisms, I don't see that happening. It's still going to have studs and lugs holding it to the truck
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Not my xj but that's what I'm planning
I like this too. Bet it would be pretty easy to home brew with a mediocre welder
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The receiver is from Walmart and $30. The rest the guy made out of 2x2 steel and a welder.
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Originally Posted by joemomma22 View Post
Isn't that the same as if the lugs come off of your tire driving down the road or any other rear of the vehicle carrier. Unless it rips a while clear through the hatch and bracing mechanisms, I don't see that happening. It's still going to have studs and lugs holding it to the truck
Put the weight of a spare tire through sheet metal. Even with your "bracing" and "lugs"...it's still sheet metal. Now, drive it down the road, hitting bumps, potholes, curbs, small children and old ladies...yes, it will rip a HOLE clear through the hatch. It's sheet metal. I see 1/2" thick steel ripped in half on a daily...you have NO idea the forces that are at work here.

Buy a proper setup. For your sake, and the people behind you.
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http://detoursusa.com/knucklebone.php has one but hes not known to be the fastest to ship stuff.There is a few others out there made google hitch tire carrier youll find them.
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I do not think I would do this but here:

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Put the weight of a spare tire through sheet metal. Even with your "bracing" and "lugs"...it's still sheet metal. Now, drive it down the road, hitting bumps, potholes, curbs, small children and old ladies...yes, it will rip a HOLE clear through the hatch. It's sheet metal. I see 1/2" thick steel ripped in half on a daily...you have NO idea the forces that are at work here.

Buy a proper setup. For your sake, and the people behind you.

Just for the record the way it was described first didn't sound like blasting a hole through the hatch.

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I do not think I would do this but here:

01 XJ Hatch Spare Tire Carrier - YouTube
I don't know but this guy doesn't seem to be having any issues. No holes here
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I do not think I would do this but here:

01 XJ Hatch Spare Tire Carrier - YouTube
i can see this being not only a problem with coming off, but unless the tire is low enough this can be seen as an obstruction by police, if the bracing blocks the back window or the tires does then you could get a ticket. ive seen guys with rear bumpers with a tire mount on them get tickets before cause the tire wasnt low enough and the cop thought it was an obstruction of the drivers view.
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