I'm setting up a full-size spare for my 94YJ w/33x12.5. What kind of weight can the stock carrier haul? Is there a good way to beef it up if it won't support a 33inch BFG mudder mounted on an aluminum wheel? Any help would be appreciated.
Your right about a YJ tailgate not being strong enough for a full size spare(it will bend in your tailgate like it's been hit after awhile), this is why they make so many aftermarket swing away "bumper mounted" tire carriers.
I have seen steel reinforcements for the hinges, i can't remember who makes it.but you can see one at http://autoaccessory.site.yahoo.net/...ilreinhin.html
I added some 3/16 flat bar stock between the factory mount and the tailgate to kind of shore it up and a kind of bump stop mounted between the bumper and the tailgate, it seems to be working pretty good.(i attached a poor pic)