Re: Spare Tire Rack
I have been carrying around a 31x10.5x15 on a factory rim for 8 years, and I found two problems (maybe common?).
1) the weight of the tire makes the rubber bump stop at the bottom of the rack rub the paint off after a period of time.
I fixed that by screwing a piece of 2"x3" stainless steel at the rub point.
2) When I repainted the body last Fall, I noticed a hairline fracure of the quarter panel just below the right rear tailight. I attributed that to thin metal from
stress when the panel was stamped at the factory, because the metal was very thin there. Looking at the first post to your question, makes me
wonder if the crack was induced by extra weight of the spare. I guess I 'm still leaning towards the fracture being caused by a worn die, but it may give you something to think about.