I did the search and read all the postings. Seems to me that Mangler had the most popular idea. What I'm looking for are field tests of this or any other design. How many rattle now or have broken off completely? How many times have you drug the spare on departure? Any new ideas? I'll be starting mine probably this weekend. Thanks for any input.
yeah, build it strong![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] i still have the stock carrier on the tailgate w/ 30" on board. not made for this extra weight. also have one of those mickey-mouse "sport racks" above the spare which i currently have the original spare strapped on which adds even more weight to the tail gate! i carry this as i go on some very secluded trips and have had two flats at the same time believe it or not! i would rather have two spares than plugs, compressor etc![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] i will also be building a better set-up.
I went with the trailer hub....no problems at all, only great results. A machinist told me that it is not typical cast, but is something like nodular steel. He said it would be fine for welding (unlike cast).
I carried 2 jerry cans full, full sized spare, trail rack with tons of gear on the Rubicon with no incident whatsoever.
I will try and post a pic of the set-up I had on my wrangler....