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31" Spare Tire will not mount on carrier

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WannaBJeepin
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: 31" Spare Tire will not mount on carrier Reply with quote

I tried to search the archives, but I couldn't really find an answer. I would get over 10 pages of results. When trying to narrow my search, it didn't really help. So, here is my question.

I just got used 31 MTR's to put on my stock wheels. I am assuming they will fit all 4 axles just fine as all my searches have lead me to believe. But before I get that far, I can not get my spare on my 97. What does everyone do that has 31's? I though about spacers to move the tire out, which is all that it really needs, but can you get just one? If not, what are my other options, & cost is a factor. I need it as inexpensive as possible.

Hope someone can help & thanks in advance Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

31's fit fine on my 04's spare carrier. What is in the way of your mounting?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just put it up to the posts & the posts only come flush with the holes in the wheel. Nothing different than before. They just don't fit because the tire is wider.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if it's necessarily the cheapest way to fix the problem, but go to
www.quadratec.com

Do a search on Part#: 22202 101


It's a Spare Tire Relocator, basically it will bump those posts on the stock tire carrier out so your tire will fit.

It runs $109.95 from them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did ya try airing down the tire a bit so it'd be a bit more flexible? That might work, certainly not an ideal solution, but definately low buck. Doesn't do ya much good if ya don't have OBA and score a flat though Confused . Other option would be to grab an el-cheapo spacer from pep boys or wherever the ricers buy their crap. Normally I wouldn't recommend those things, but if it's just being used on a spare tire carrier, it should work for ya.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm...I wonder if they do have cheap spacers like that somewhere. I thought that too. It is only holding on the spare & was wondering if I could make my own spacer. But if I could find one already make for cheap, that would be good
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rubicons have spacers between the third brake light assy, and the spare tire carrier. This moves the third brake light up and allows you to put a 31" tire on your stock spare tire carrier.

So, check your local hardware store. I was able to reuse the original bolts with the spacers.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The vertical space of the 3rd break light is ok, It is just that the bolts are not long enough. So I need something to space the tire away from the jeep. The bolts come flush with the wheel when the wheel is pressed up against the rubber bumpers. So the bolts need to be a half inch longer or so.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just put it on and torque it down. A 31x10.5 fits fine on there, even with the deeper backspacing of stock wheels. You may need to drop the pressure a bit to get the threads on the lug nuts started on the studs. But then just torque it down.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have an answer my 31x10.5 fit fine, but it does beg the question, will a 32x11.5" tire fit on the OEM tire carrier? I realize the 3rd brake light will have to be relocated (spacers), but what about wheel/tire combo itself. Anyone running a 32" tire on the OEM carrier?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is your 31 on a stock wheel or a wheel with a different offset?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WannaBJeepin wrote:
Is your 31 on a stock wheel or a wheel with a different offset?


Oh, I have OutLawII wheels 3-3/4" backspacing.



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't find it on line but JC Whitney carries a spacer for just your needs, cost about 64 dollars. It bolts on using the existing bolts and then has the other bolts already welded on for the tire.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KnightFire wrote:
I don't have an answer my 31x10.5 fit fine, but it does beg the question, will a 32x11.5" tire fit on the OEM tire carrier? I realize the 3rd brake light will have to be relocated (spacers), but what about wheel/tire combo itself. Anyone running a 32" tire on the OEM carrier?

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I'm running 32x11.5 (can't remember the back spacing on my rims) and I had to get the above mention part from Quadratrac for my tire to fit.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't need the spacer for a stock wheel with a 31x10.5. Doing so, will likely put the spare too far away from the rubber bumpers that help to stabilize the spare. Without contact to the rubber bumpers, the tire will wobble, facilitating the failure of the stock tire carrier. Putting on the spacer also creates more leverage on the stock tire carrier. This can and will warp your rear gate over the long term.
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