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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2000, 03:38 PM
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bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

I'm designing my a rear bumper/ tire carrier for my YJ. The design is going good (Using AutoCAD) but need to decide on what type of bushing or hinge to use for the swing out carrier. Anybody got and ideas? What do the companies like Durango use? Also need info on the locking mechanism. Any information appreciated, I will post my design when finished.

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Re: bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

I saw an awesome design, <font color=blue> Boston Mangler</font color=blue> is using it. It's a hub, wheel bearing, and spindle assembly, cut down and welded to the steel. I'm going this route when I build mine.

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Find Boston Mangler's homepage. He's got some good stuff in there.

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Re: bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

I used a trailer hub/spindle/bearings on mine as well. I don't have access to a machine shop and so I used a Sawzall to cut the flange off the hub (the flange is the ring around the hub that has the lug studs on it. I then had to do a fair amount of grinding. All in all it took about 3 hours to cut, grind, grind, and grind.

I figured it would have taken an hour or two to find and take the hub to a machine shop (not to mention the cost).

I think this is the only way to go. I have a tire, gas cans, trail rack that all hinge on the hub. It is awesome.

As far as a latch goes, I bought one from Grainger (like McMaster Carr) that is super heavy duty. I think the Ubolt that latches is 3/8". When it is locked down there is never even a hint of a rattle.

I finished my bumper about a year ago, but just took some pics. I'll post them for anyone interested in one more design.

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I'd sure like to see some of these pics. Anyone know BostonManglers site address?

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It's http://ct-web.unh.edu/yankeetoys/kspeicher/ and he does have some great stuff there, nice jeep as well and a heck of a guy. He'll definitely be able to answer any questions you may have.

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Re: bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

well here is a simple ideal that i will be doing.. take your stock tire carrier.. with hinges.. off the jeep.. get some square tubing.. and weld it to the bumper.. so that it goes straight up along the tailgate.. then weld the tire carrier hinges to it.. so its in the stock location.. but on the tubing.. whalla.. then for a rack find square tubing that slides inside the stuff you just welded on.. and you now have a removeable rack..
would work with cj's.. not with the yj's.. but theirs are gay anyways.. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

Hey raymo, when you get those pics developed, send me one of the latch you have.

I used a trailer hub also, but instead of the spindle i used a solid steel rod that was tapped. I then drilled through my 2x5 bumper on the top, and welded the rod on top and on the bottom of the bumper for strength. later ken

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Re: bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

InfantryYJ:

A friend just did this same thing with a spare rack I had lying around. He did as you described, and tied the top into his tailgate latches. This way he can hinge the spare down and open the tailgate. He hinges it up and secures it with the chain hooks. He can also lock it in the horizontal position using the chains and have the tailgate open for hauling larger items, just not over bumpy terrain. he also incorporated a hi-lift mount into it and a backup light.

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Re: bumper/tire carrier Q\'s

My hinge is the trailer axle off an old boat trailer. It cost $10 to have the drum machined off. The Hub, axle, bearings, and a bearing buddy, cost $15 from the local trailer supply shop. For the latch, I used a Latch from Northern Hydraulics, it is spring loaded, and the pin is 3/4". VERY heavy duty.

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