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Spare Tire Carrier Installation
 
In order to have a spare tire attached to the vehicle in case of the unlikely event I would need a spare (yeah right), I decided to go with a pre-runner style setup that would allow for me to have a spare tire mounted on a 45 degree angle in the rear of the Jeep. I didn't intend to put a rear seat in the Jeep and didn't want to spend the money to have a swing away tire carrier on the bumper, so I figured that this was the logical place to put one.
 
 
So, I proceeded to buy a spare tire carrier from diamond-plate. They were shown on the show trucks with the Crazy Horse Bronco build-up and got rave reviews. So I ordered up the tire-carrier and when it came in, I set out to install it.

The tire-carrier is fully removable except for the bed mounts. I assembled the tire-carrier as per the included directions and drilled some holes in the floor to mount the assembly. Make sure you check to ensure that you don't drill down into the gas tank or anything other that is vital. After the test fitting was completed, I bolted everything down and then put the spare tire in to make sure that I had everything where it should be.
 
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
 
So, my lessons learned here would have to be that you should measure before you do something like this. I got lucky and my 33x12.5x15 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires fit, but a 35-inch tire will not fit, so if you want to go bigger, you are out of luck unless you raise the height of this so it clears the wheel wells.

Secondly, now that I have run this for a few months, I think I might have been better off going with a swing away tire-carrier mounted on the rear bumper. I say this because the CJ-5 and my size don't mix with having a lot of extra room to put stuff. If you have a passenger, there really isn't any room to put anything. I somewhat fixed this issue with some storage/speaker boxes mounted to the rear fender wells, but this might not work for you. Keep your extra gear in mind when doing this.
 
Conclusions
 
This is a pretty easy thing to do for a nice different look to the rear-end of the CJ. I really like the look and the spare is easy to get off, however, it does come with its drawbacks. Space is limited and you have to lock up the tire if you don't want it to walk off.

You need simple hand tools to complete this installation. I had to drill some holes and torque down the mounting holes. That was about it for the installation. This isn't for anyone, but if you want a unique look, this will definitely accomplish that task.

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