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Hey kids,

I recently swapped a softop body over to my hardtop chassis. It went well and I am almost done with the details (cutting hinges, installing guages, blahblahblah).

I put on the softop yesterday since it was supposed to rain (and it is) and noticed for the first time that there are two bolt holes near the top of the tailgate on either side of the spare tire carrier. The back window even has little cutouts to accomodate them.

What goes in these holes? My best guess is that they originally held some kind of little bumpers to stabilize the spare? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

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Let me get a pic but i think it is bumper's for the stock tires
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Yep,

Its the bumpers for the spare.

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I noticed they seem to be exactly the same distance apart from the spare tire mount, so that was my guess. There's nothing in the holes on the truck I have. I am sure i can come up with something to put in there, even if its just a bolt to keep the crud out.

you can see the holes if you look carefully in this picture. One is almost exactly in the middle and the other is all the way to the pass side. They have a little flat boss around them.



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this is not mine
someting i found in the pics i've collected

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yeah..that covers it GA..thanks! I need to decide what to do with my holes. I dont think my spare (30x9.5x15) will clear the bumpers and I dont have them anyways!

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Two things you can do Daxe, No, three...No, four!

Trim the bumpers if its only a little interferance.

Put a couple of washers on the studs the spare mounts on.

put a couple of body bolts in to plug the holes.

If you mount the spare there, I'd try to do one of the first two options. the bumpers, if they are doing their
job, keep the tire from vibrating the mount and minimize the chance of tearing it out of the door. Not
something you want to do to your nice clean new body...

In fact there should be a third bumper location. Dead center, low on the tire.

Or you can build/buy a bumper mounted gate mount.

I may have a set of bumpers, having replaced my T gate. If you go that route let me know, Ill
go look through the mess. [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]
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My 30 X 9.50 M/Ts on 3 3/4" backspaced rims fit using the stock carrier and bumpers.

I started looking though my "spare parts" and came across one of the bumpers. I'll try to find another and will bring them down for you on Friday.

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I found a second one and the screws to attach them. With my short term memory and lack of organization, you'll probably have to remind me where I put them (in the glovebox of the X-90).
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thats right nice of ya, Moof! I'll buy ya a few special daxe "lucky raffle tickets" in exchange.

Know anyone with a pair of those large rubber floor plugs and a couple of the hard plastic smaller ones for behind the seats? I see them for sale here and there but I imagine someone has some in a junkpile someplace they wouldnt mind parting with.

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