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Re: Can a YJ\'s tire carrier handle a 33
I don't know about the actual place it mounts to on the tailgate. But I'd sure be worried about when you goto open the sucker up. It'll probably start sagging and bending at the hinge, screwing your metal up a bit. But that is just my thought.
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as i recall, and but don't quote me on this, jeeps spec is either 55lbs or 65lbs for the tailgate tire carrier,..i run a 32" BFG MT on mine and it was ok for about a week, now i have to lift the tire to close the tailgate and it really clunks and clanks when i hit bumps so its coming off and i guess its time for a new tire carrier..
I had a 32x12.50 on my 87 for about a year and then one day I noticed the rear of the body where the top hinge mounts had a crack in it, after further investigation I also had a worn latch and the gate was sagging. So I finaly built my rear bumper and swing out tire carrier. My suggestion would be to get that big of a tire off the gate unless you just never take it to any rough off road outings. GP'n
would'nt recommend it. the tailgate isn't designed for that much weight. when closed it is it's strongest but when opened is when the strain really kills it. hinges really take a beating. yeah it will start cracking. get a swing-out carrier on a good bumper like BULLETPROOF or DURANGO4x4. gonna cost you but will be the right thing to do. or.....make your own. i have a little 30" spare with a rack on my tailgate right now and it is feeling the strain even with rack empty. i am going to put a 32 on when i get a new bumper/carrier soon.
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