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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2003, 03:06 AM
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33\" Spare Tyre

Can you place a 33" wheel on the original sparewheelholder on the back of an YJ? Or will this weigh to mutch for the hinges to handle it.

By the way, i also got the BFG MT 33" and 7" Warnflares in my garage now. Thanks to you allfor your advice about what too choose here.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2003, 06:40 AM
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Re: 33\" Spare Tyre

Can you put a 33 on the back? Yes
Is it a good Idea to do so? NO
A 33 is big, and heavy. It will not only wear on the hinges, but could also bend the tailgate. the bracket was not designed for that kind of load.
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Re: 33\" Spare Tyre

I would not recommend it. I have a 31" inch spare on my YJ and the hinges sag with just that. To make matters worse, the PO had wrenched the spare on really tight, and the rubber stops that are supposed to keep the tire from wriggling around got pushed in too far, and dented the sheetmetal on the tailgate. To make it even worse..., I took them of 'cause I didn't want the dents to get worse. Now the sheetmetal has fatigue cracks all around the dents 'cause the spare tire bounces around a little due to the missing rubber stops. (Wow..., way too much caffeine for this early in the morning... [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]) Long story short.., I'd look into a tire carrier/bumper setup. Good luck.
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Re: 33\" Spare Tyre

1. Get out the welder...
2. Make your own carrier,
3. Or make reinforced:
a. Hinges,
b. Reinforced tub corner panels, inside and out.
4. I wouldn't do it!
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