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    Custom Tire Carriers post here

    I know there have been a lot of threads about tire carriers but they have all been about the latch or the hinge, simple problems really. I am in the process of building mine and am looking for original ideas. Have you done something special in your build, mounted your high lift where no-one else has, worked in storage that only you know about? If you have built a tire carrier your proud of please post here.

    One thing I am specifically looking for is ideas on how to mount the tire itself, instead of lug nuts. I have seen what I call the big wing nut but nothing anyone has built. I like the idea but not sure how it would lock.

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    with the big wing nut, you could drill a hole in the shaft/bolt that the nut threads on to, and put a pad-lock through the hole to prevent un-threading
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    amo can storage

    gas can

    hinge, 1.25 cold rolled bar for a pin and 1.75 o.d. x .250 wall tube.


    I also have a cargo rack that fits into the top of the carrier.
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    all clever ideas...what you keep in that ammo can? Im thinking of mounting mine on the rear bumper/chop tonneau for a bolt bucket. Stole the idea from Curt...never know when you need a random ass bolt for a greasy trail fix

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    tray with a 1" lip and tie down strap and welded links from a chain. simple and effective.

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    For some reason my simple builds always turn complex. I have put so much time into getting my bumper built I may as well make a cool tire carrier as well. I'll post pics when I'm done. I have a large ammo box I am going to hang over the back of the jeep, removable when not wheeling. Still deciding on where I want the high lift.

    I saw a tire carrier in a parking lot with a very cool way of mounting the tire. it had a piece of tube that fit the inner diameter and a winged bolt that held the tire in 2 places. He also had a locking mechanism but by the time I got back with my camera he had left. It was the best looking design I've seen but I can't remember how the lock worked. The tube was tapered and angled so that putting the tire on would be really easy, no messing around lining anything up.

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    I like the idea of that pin you have Chris. Being supported top and bottom would add a lot of strength. Have you had any problems with it being metal on metal?

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    Kid,

    you could always make a big single pin ala knockoff, and have a few washers in there, and a f-off big nut, with tabs mounted on it, to secure the tire to the pin. I'm mounting my tire on the trailer hitch with an upside down re-inforced trailer fender, and a big bolt to hold it in place, and a hole so I can cable lock it to the post holding the bolt. That way I won't get so muddy when I change tires.

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    Here's an original idea, compliments of JK's very own Morpheus:
    http://www.jeepkings.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=65491
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    I like Morpheus' build. I think I will have my tire on the bumper but that is a cool look.

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    I plan on doing the same as macka, some zerk fitting top and bottom to keep it full of grease with prevent binding.
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    Hey Chris, no problems with lateral movement on the upright? Even with the weight of the tire? I wqs going to build mine more like a warn(triangle), but it was going to use space where my jack could have gone.
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    This is a really nice one from Pirate. I want mine to be an air tank but that winch design is pretty cool.
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    I am not a big fan of having bumpers that air compressed air storage. If they are compromised in an accident, they will go ker-fuking-bang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macka View Post
    I am not a big fan of having bumpers that air compressed air storage. If they are compromised in an accident, they will go ker-fuking-bang.
    compressed air in a 1/4" wall tube is not a bomb. If compromised it will make a loud hissing discharge and nothing more. 120psi will not make schrapnel (sp?) out of 1/4" steel

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    Quote Originally Posted by loosecannon View Post
    compressed air in a 1/4" wall tube is not a bomb. If compromised it will make a loud hissing discharge and nothing more. 120psi will not make schrapnel (sp?) out of 1/4" steel
    I've seen 60PSI pressure welded vessels explode and scatter shrapnel when they get hit. Your idea of a loud hiss is wrong. Think of a paper bag when you pop it. Steel tubing does the same thing, except it can fragment, and when that happens, you can get into a bad situation for bystanders. I don't know if kid has a pressure ticket, but unless he is that good odds are an endcap will go flying. That is bad, especially if someone gets hit with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macka View Post
    I've seen 60PSI pressure welded vessels explode and scatter shrapnel when they get hit. Your idea of a loud hiss is wrong. Think of a paper bag when you pop it. Steel tubing does the same thing, except it can fragment, and when that happens, you can get into a bad situation for bystanders. I don't know if kid has a pressure ticket, but unless he is that good odds are an endcap will go flying. That is bad, especially if someone gets hit with it.
    It takes more than just pressure to shred steel. Yes maybe a weak weld can splinter off, or if a piece of metal is patched over a hole it could come off.
    Best case for a piece of shrapnel = a bumper end cap with weak welds will pop off when the bumper is hit or dropped onto a rock.

    But in order for metal to fragment you require more then 120psi of pressure... much much more.

    For a bumper/air tank to fragment, it would require more pressure than any common compressor could provide. I would worry more about the crap on the inside of the tank (weld dust/splatter) on the off chance I was close to it when it ruptured more than 'shrapnel' flying from it.

    As stated 120psi -vs- 1/4" (heck 3/16") isn't enough to cause it to fragment. If your welds are good, they will be the weak point and they may crack causing the air to release rapidly, in which case cover your eyes (if your close and looking at it) while crap flies from inside (dust/splatter again) In fact the weaker your welds the less likely to 'fragment' the bumper is. A strong weld will allow more pressure to build, which in turn will provide a better chance of a shrapnel hazard. Either way it won't fragment the way people are worrying it might.

    If you are capable of good welds, build your air tank bumper worry free. If you suck at welding, find someone to weld it for you.
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    Not an issue of a bumper air tank exploding, the result is a bang but not threatening in the least.
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    I do somewhat agree with Macka, a lot of potential energy there... However it is handy on the trail. When I have onboard air I will probably only keep it charged when wheeling. Until then I will probably take the risk.

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    thats a good point 120psi isnt very much
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