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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-01-2017, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Spare Tire Mount

Good morning guys

I'm looking for feedback from those of you who have purchased, installed and used a "store bought" spare tire mount. Many threads on this subject are scattered throughout this forum but I haven't found a useful recommendation . . yet. Although I carry plugs and a compressor, I'm organizing a 6-day Nevada cross-country excursion and want to carry a spare.

Trolling the internet and this forum, I found four different mounts;
(Regretfully, I don't have "authority" to include links to the products)
Dragonfire and one on Ebay are center mounted. My objection is that they block the rear view.
The Curt hitch mount carrier doesn't block the rear view but it looks a bit loosey goosey.
The one from UTV Inc. looks pretty good. It doesn't block the rear-view mirror and the construction appears robust.

It's too bad that no one manufacturers a mount that allows the spare to be carried on the front bumper. At least I haven't found one. I may be wrong but that seems like a sensible place to carry a spare. Low center of gravity, doesn't block the rear view and doesn't impose on the rear storage area.

I'm anxious to read your comments and suggestions.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-01-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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Here is my input based on both the center mount and the UTV Inc versions.

Originally I bought a spare tire carrier from Home Depot and center mounted the spare to the cage, sandwiched 4 of the tubes with none of the bolts going through the cage. I made sure the tire touched at least one point on the cage so there was no lever action. I rode ~40 miles with it there and realized I dint like it blocking my view. When I took it down I found it was moving on me and eventually would have caused damage to the cage.

Then I bought the spare tire carrier from UTV Inc, they are in Mesa where I live, no shipping cost. The guys at the counter lacked some customer service skills but they did sell me a quality product. It is very well made and I like the attachment points. It does not block the rear bed as much as you would think (my spare is stock size). I've ridden 85 miles with it and I like it.

-My 2 cents
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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I know you're looking for store bought, but I'm not a great welder and was able to weld this one up for $25 in material. Took some time though (with a lot of grinding of my bad welds). I drilled out the existing four holes under the bed, welded on some metal tabs to grade 8 bolts and bolted it to the underside. I had to weld on some extra bracing where the back bolts go through to make sure it doesn't flex/bend over time. It's very solid and doesn't vibrate at all.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 06:25 PM
 
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Here's a pic of the metal tabs I welded and fished through the existing underbed 4 bolt holes
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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Gary

That's a nice set up. I wish I had the ability (and a welder) to do some of my own fabrication. That's a damn good solution to carrying a spare.

This is a great forum. I really appreciate the responses I recived.

Today I bit the bullet and ordered that UTV inc carrier. Pricey but we only live once, eh?

Dudley



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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 08:51 PM
 
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Today I bit the bullet and ordered that UTV inc carrier. Pricey but we only live once, eh



Dudley
I looked at their site. Where did you find a Kawi spare mount?
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-04-2017, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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I wish that I could send you the link to their web site but when I attempt to do so I get the following message when I try to post;

"To be able to post links or images your post count must be greater. You currently have 2 posts.

Please remove links from your message, then you will be able to submit your post."

I've deleted some of the text to their web site. Let's see if this goes through. This is the mount I ordered yesterday.

utvinc.com/utv-inc-kawasaki-teryx-4-rear-add-on-black-spare-tire-mount
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Yee Haw, that is pricey! Thanks for the link.
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Tire carrier

I have had a tire carrier from UTV Inc for about a year and a half no problems at all!
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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-04-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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I have a T2. Bed dumps, not that I need it all the time, but I wonder if it would work on a T2 also?
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I don't think so, the top brace bolts to the support under the bed, would keep it from dumping.
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Just wondering, with these spare tire carriers, if you still have plenty of entry and exit clearance? Just thinking of rocks in Moab.. I need to buy or build one but want to make sure that I won't have issues of hanging up on the tire.
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Speaking only of my Rhino and 9 trips to Moab before I got my T2, by the time the rear mounted tire became a problem, had probably ran out of talent and needed the strap to get the front end back down to mother earth anyways. Angle of departure did not seem to be an issue, however could change your balance (CG) and lighten your front end up on steep inclines. Tried spare on roof, changed CG too much for my liking sidehill, Did the hood thing on a Sizemic rack, that seemed nose heavy and sight distance sucked, in bed was better but ate up room for ice chests and stuff. Rear was okay as I have a 4500# winch, so it kind of balanced things out. Keep it up tight as you can to the body, and just low enough to see over worked ok. Went to the longer wheel base to help with that, but haven't gotten around to spare tire mount yet on the T2, nor testing it in Moab. One thing you do want to do in Moab is batten everything down good. When you do run out of talent, you don't want stuff beating you to death. JMO
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post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-05-2017, 07:28 AM
 
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Can either or both the front and back wheels be used in both locations temporarily? Which would you recommend to carry if a person only wanted to carry one?
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You only carry the front tire, it fits and clears both locations.
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I live in Moab, have done 50 trails so far, have never hit the tire or carrier.
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You're not trying hard enough..........
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You did a very nice job Garyn!!
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How often does one really need a spare? With space a premium, I am curious to hear other's experiences.
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How often does one really need a spare? With space a premium, I am curious to hear other's experiences.
If you do a lot of riding in rock terrain, carry a spare. I can say from experience that sidewall pinches and punctures are all too common. Sometimes you may be able to plug a hole but not always. My last one took almost 30 plugs and I still had to keep adding air every 5-10 minutes. I sure wish I had my spare that day.
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How often does one really need a spare? With space a premium, I am curious to hear other's experiences.
I've been on exactly one multi-vehicle ride. It was on fire roads and rocky trails and two rigs got holes. Hence I made this:

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I think UTV Inc has the nicest design. But I have been using a Fulton brand trailer spare carrier mounted at the cage crossover for years now. I had to drill a hole to match the lug bolt diameter. But the Fulton carrier is made of much thicker steel than average and the tire butts up nicely against the cage. Fir $30, it can't be beat.

I do a fair amount of solo wilderness riding. So I have a spare, a patch kit, and a Vair 66p. I also prefer stock steel wheels because they bend instead of breaking like cast wheels.
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Oh and Moab isn't nearly as tire unfriendly as southern Arizona.
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Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate the need now.
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Oh and Moab isn't nearly as tire unfriendly as southern Arizona.
Motion seconded! LOL My Silverado's tires have gotten so badly chewed up from maybe a dozen times off road over the past year.

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