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RockyMountainMS

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Hitch Mounted Spare Carrier Built!
« on: March 25, 2018, 07:15:27 PM »
I was thinking about retro fitting the old 1999 Montero Sport off road package spare carrier but decided against it. Mostly because it would be far too expensive. For starters, they are hard to find, the dealership can order one in for $400-500 (multiple quotes from dealerships), but then you have to weld brackets in and do some other custom work to make it fit. By the time you are good to go, you will be in about $800 plus. I know it would look much better, probably work better too, but I would rather invest in a rear locker at the moment.

I know that it isn't the prettiest design in the world, but its functional and it gets me the option to buy a 32" tire for my spare. I was limited with only 28" with it mounted under the vehicle and to me, a 4" different size spare is not the best option, especially on an AWD vehicle. I had been discussing a simple design for a spare carrier with my friend for a while now and we decided to pull the trigger on this. He built it up and we tested it out on a pretty rough trail called "The Bank" in Caņon City, Colorado. It works really well. It's easy to swing open and close via the spring tension bolt with a cotter pin. This allows you can open the tailgate without removing the carrier. Like I said before, it is officially trail tested too. It also has a hitch extension so you can still use it with the carrier on. I am not sure what the max tow strength is for it, I wouldn't tow a heavy loaded trailer personally. I was thinking more along the lines of having the option to mount my bike rack without taking the carrier off. It has mounting brackets for a jack or you can easily attach 2 Jerry cans to it. The license plate is temporary, I just got this thing on recently. I wouldn't keep the license plate mounted in this tacky of a location/way. I need to find a way to mount the license plate where it looks good but is illuminated too. I am really happy to have a way to mount a wheel with a 32" tire. On top of that, it only cost $150.

Concerns for me are that it does stick out a little far and could be prone to hanging up on the trail. I didn't have any issues the other day when we went out. But it does have that limitation to it. I am thinking that with a lift kit, I should be fine. Only time will tell.







1999 3000GT VR-4 (45,000 miles)
2004 Montero Sport LS
2016 Outlander GT
2017 Chevy Sonic (DD FTW)

MudRaider

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Re: Hitch Mounted Spare Carrier Built!
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 06:42:32 AM »
Looks great. Maybe lean that upright the angle of the tailgate. Love seeing people make stuff like this.

PajEvo

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Re: Hitch Mounted Spare Carrier Built!
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 09:32:37 AM »
I like it.  Clever use of materials and does more than one thing. I think Frank's angle suggestion is a good one too.

I always like the utility of a lift gate or tailgate right up until the spare gets in the way. Then I prefer my rear door.

Lift glass with spare on rear door would be best eh? Lol

RockyMountainMS

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Re: Hitch Mounted Spare Carrier Built!
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 10:13:50 AM »
I decided to drop this design. Like many said, it hangs just a bit too low. But the bigger issue I have is that it wobbles a lot and looks tacky. It worked well and was really affordable, but it wasn't perfect. My next build will have a steel bumper/spare carrier combination.
1999 3000GT VR-4 (45,000 miles)
2004 Montero Sport LS
2016 Outlander GT
2017 Chevy Sonic (DD FTW)