REAR TIRE CARRIER TECH
By Johnny Lange
Ok, first of all, give credit where credit is due. I got this killer idea from the guys and gals on the forum, IH8MUD.com. So I really can't take credit for it, but my design may differ here and there from others. Anyway, take a peek at my rear tire carrier I built in a day for the FZJ80 Black & Tan machine!
So, First off, I took some metal I had laying around and made the post that would hold the ROCKLOGIC 4X4 Spindle Assembly that I purchased.
This was obviously after removing the right side plastic bumper corner piece.
After I figured out just exactly where I needed to cut a whole in the plastic, I proceeded to do so using a 1 3/4" hole saw blade. I used toothpaste as marking paint to place the spindle where it needed to be when the bumper corner was installed.
After getting the spindle placement all set, I welded that portion up, and then proceeded to make the arm and tire carrier bar. I used square tubing. To get a slight angle, I notched a little chunk out of the tube and then bent it. I then sealed the notch with a weld. Worked out real slick.
I purchased the latch device from ROCKLOGIC 4X4 as well. I made a bracket using two plates I welded together. The underneath has another plate welded to it, so that the top plates will sit around the bumper lines with no issues. I used the factory holes in the factory bumper to mount the plate.
Here are the finished pieces all primed up. I made a separate arm that comes out so that I could mount my $800 rear Toyota License Plate holder that came free with a 4Runner with a nasty rod knock. I added a small pedestal for a light too!
Limiting strap you say? Yeah, I went the easy way to make a bump stop. I purchased a limiting strap from ROCKLOGIC 4X4 and attached it to the frame, and then the carrier at the desired stopping point.
My goal for this carrier is this. One, make it easy and not drill any holes in the factory items. (except bumper corner obviously). I also wanted something that I could carry over to a rear bumper when I finally decide to make one. The carrier portion on this temp set up will get me buy and will able to be transferred over to a complete rock bumper set up one day.
That's it! Enjoy! And once again, the inspiration on this came from the guys and gals in the 80 section of www.IH8MUD.com
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