Re: Home Built Tire Carrier hinge question... (all)
I built a rear tire carrier a couple of years ago from scratch. Bought a 2inch wide pipe with 1/2" side walls. Cut it about 10 inches tall. Then with the dremel tool cut spiral cuts into the top 6" of the pipe. Welded it onto the outside of the bumper. Then welded a huge washer that slip over the pipe up about 1/2 inch from the top of the pumper on the pipe. Then bought a 2 inch inside diameter pipe that slipped over the original pipe. I welded the second pipe to the tire carrier. Then I tapped the second pipe with a grease cert. Inexpensive, but extremely strong hinge to hang large tire, cans, etc onto. I then welded a 3/8 inch tab of steel from the bumper and drilled a hole in it. The swing end of the tire carrier sits on the steel tab and a pin and snap lock hold it snugly in place. Solid, handles highway and offroad.