to Safely Carry a Larger Spare on a
Jeep TJ Tailgate Spare Tire Carrier
(Rubber Isolator Extension Write-Up)
so you just got a set of bigger tires and new wheels with less backspacing
to match. You go to mount your spare tire back on the tailgate carrier
and what do you see? The tire no longer touches any of the rubber
isolators. Well that no big deal right? Wrong! It may not be such
a big deal if your Jeep is a pavement princess but if you just threw
on a set of bigger meats, I'm gonna guess you take your rig out on
the trails. Without your new and bigger spare making contact with
the rubber isolators on the tailgate, the entire thing will jiggle
hard with every bump you encounter. Eventually, this will cause metal
fatigue in the tire carrier and it will break.... believe me, I have
seen it happen.
Truth be know, what you should be doing is buying a nice bumper tire
carrier like the kind LoD
makes to get the weight off your Jeep's tailgate and onto the frame.
But, if you're on a budget like me, another more economical and temporary
solution must be found. My solution? Re-establish contact between
the spare tire and rubber isolators by extending them.
Does it work? It has for me and my 32x11.50 BFG's for almost 2 years
now. It may not be a perfect solution but the results look stock and
it sure is affordable.
You Will Need
Set of tailgate spare tire rubber isolators from a TJ or YJ
• 6mm x 40mm Replacment Screws
• Bench Vice
• Torx Bits (a screwdriver insert works best)
• Screw Driver
Before you can do anything, you will need to track down a used set
of tailgate spare tire carrier rubber isolators. I suppose you could
buy them new from the dealer but I would be willing to bet they ain't
cheap. I bought mine used for only $5 and they came off of a YJ.
2. You will need to
find replacment screws measuring about 1.5" long. I'm pretty
sure that they are 6mm fine thread screws but take a factory one with
you to the hardware store just to make sure. I was able to find a
phillips head one at Lowe's Hardware in the specialty hardware drawer
3. Once you got all
your pieces together, clamp down a rubber isolator in a bench vice
and cut it in half along the seam using a hacksaw as shown in the
pic to the left. To get a clean cut, I found that it helps to make
a light cut all the way around the entire isolator first and then
hacking straight through it. Repeat process on all the rest.
4. Remove your spare
tire from the carrier and then remove the OEM rubber isolators on
5. Remove and replace
the screw with a new and longer one and then, stack your OEM isolator
on top of one of the ones you just cut down.
6. Screw the whole thing
together onto your tailgate and repeat process.
7. Re-attach your spare
tire onto your carrier. You should now have a tight fit again and
much less jiggling.
That's it!! Please let me know if you have any questions and when
you're ready to throw on some bigger tires or install a better solution,
be sure to check out the LoD Bumper Tire