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Old 02-08-2018, 07:18 AM   #1
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NOTICE;You will see photos here of this carrier installed on the front of my truck. While this seems handy for trailer towing, I have found out that the tire blocks too much airflow from the radiator, causing an overheating condition. I recommend only using this on the rear of the vehicle.

I've been wanting to get my spare tire out of the cargo bed but still have it with me. Here is what I came up with yesterday. It uses a spare tire mount that I snagged off a jeep at the junk yard recently. I t mounts in a 2" hitch receiver and is fastened with a bolt so it shouldn't rattle. I can carry the spare vertically in front or rear. I can also pivot the spare up into the bed (with tailgate removed) for better departure angle when off-road. It's about 90 percent complete in these pictures.



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Old 02-08-2018, 10:09 AM   #2
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This is really slick. Looks good man

I am going to have to do something similar.
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I like the idea. Can you get pics without the tire?
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I can get more pictures Monday when I finish it. I could probably even sketch up some rudimentary plans. I had the basic idea in my head. But built it on the fly. Cool part is I only have about $20 in it.

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Here are a few more pictures. I think I finished it yesterday.



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Here is a rough sketch with most of the dimensions. This should be enough for most people to build it.

One note; I would recommend building it in this order.
  1. Build the upper and lower tube assemblies
  2. Then weld one side plate on.
  3. Clamp the upper tube in position on the lower tube/side plate assembly
  4. Using the hinge tube as a guide, drill the hinge bolt hole in the plate and intall the hinge bolt.
  5. Mark and drill the upper locking bolt hole through the tube and plate
  6. Swivel the upper tube to the angled position where you want it and use the locking bolt hole in the tube as a guide to drill the bolt hole through the plate in this position.
  7. Weld the other side plate on and use the existing holes as guides to drill the bolt holes through this side plate.
  8. Finish welding
  9. Decide where you want the spare tire bracket located. weld it on with suitable bracing as needed.

On mine, the locking pin hole has a nut welded inside the tube. So I can use a bolt to prevent the carrier from rattling in the receiver hitch tube. I recommend this. But it adds a level of difficulty. I happened to have a bicycle carrier that I was willing to sacrifice to this project and it already had the nut welded into that tube.
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Beware!!! Using this carrier on the front of the vehicle might be a bad idea.

Not sure if that was the cause or just part of the problem, but my truck overheated this morning on the way to work while I had the tire on the front and was towing a tiny trailer. Apparently, the tire may block a significant amount of airflow.

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Beware!!! Using this carrier on the front of the vehicle might be a bad idea.

Not sure if that was the cause or just part of the problem, but my truck overheated this morning on the way to work while I had the tire on the front and was towing a tiny trailer. Apparently, the tire may block a significant amount of airflow.

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I was thinking this would block a LOT of air flow that your truck needs. A tire that size is blocking almost all the air flow into the grill. I would either put it on the rear or on the roof.
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I still wish the B2 carrier was easier to put on the Rangers. I should have tried mocking that up before I scrapped my old bed.
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I had been hoping to find a BII carrier at the junk yard. But BII's with or without carriers are scarce around here.

What I built is still very useful mounted on the rear.
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