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Old 11-03-2013, 06:38 AM
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Bronco tire carrier on our OBS.

Hey everyone,

So here is my idea that I want to accomplish.
I want to mount a Bronco tire carrier on the back of my truck. I know I have a big arse truck with a 8 foot bed. I also have the stock tire carrier under the bed. What I don't like is crawling under my truck to get my spare tire off. I also don't like leaving my spare tires in the bed of my truck. They take up space and I have to lock them down so they wont get stolen. If this will work that would just give an added uniqueness to my truck and prevent me from having to get under my truck when there is a flat. I also want to do this so I can carry a 2nd spare tire not having to be in the bed.

So yes I will still have to crawl under my truck if I were to get 2 flats at once but having the bronco tire carrier on the back would make changing a tire easier.

I also want to get this done because you may have heard of the rains that hit colorado hard a little bit ago. Well on the way to work that rainy day I picked up a piece of metal in my tire, tire went flat while at work and of course due to all the rain I was the lucky individual that had to be submerged under water trying to get my spare tire out. It was the front tire so there was no way of driving it out of the rushing water through the parking lot.

My questions are:
o Is the back side of a Bronco the same size as our bed?
o Is there in inner bracket that has to be bolted to give added brace to the sheet metal?
o Anyone have close up pics of a bronco tire carrier latch. Will I have to drill into the tailgate?

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Old 11-05-2013, 04:38 PM
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I explored this a little, but by no means exhaustively...the Broncos have extra braces welded during construction that you cannot retrofit.

But there are a number of bumpers that have a hinged spare tire mounted to it, that look great and provide the functionality I think you are looking for. I like the "tilted into the bed like a pre runner" look myself. Here are a couple of quick google results...






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Old 11-05-2013, 06:08 PM
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I explored this a little, but by no means exhaustively...the Broncos have extra braces welded during construction that you cannot retrofit.

But there are a number of bumpers that have a hinged spare tire mounted to it, that look great and provide the functionality I think you are looking for. I like the "tilted into the bed like a pre runner" look myself. Here are a couple of quick google results...





Dang I guess I will have to find another way not to pull out my back bed fender. I still want to keep my back bumper, I don't want to change over to aftermarket bumper. Thanks for the heads up, looks like my idea of letting my wife get her nails done and buy a new phone might let me get a welder and a 12000 lbs wench.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:34 PM
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The bronco right quarter panel is Gusseted from the factory and it still flexes like a BIOTCH. There are small flat plates that are behind the skin of the sheet metal that the bolts thread into. They can be retrofitted, the bed the side is not really strong enough to support it, you would have to add a TON of extra support. I am doing away with my bronco spare tire carrier and going the bumper route
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I have a carrier in my garage I was thinking of retrofitting to my dually, was actually debating just how to mount tho, stock style or in the front against the bulkhead of my bed
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:22 PM
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I was thinking of doing the same thing. Just welding up some support on the inside. The tailgate would be the hardest part.
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Bronco has a tail gate too but there is a latch assembly that bolts to the tailgate btw
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Anybody have any experience to share wrt a receiver-mount spare tire carrier? Curious about how to elegantly handle the license plate sitch, and of course tailgate access.

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I have seen the receiver hitch style tire carriers on Jeeps. They seem to have alot of play and move around alot on the trail. You also have to pull the whole thing out to get they tailgate open, seems like a pita to me. I would look at going bumper route. I too have been thinking about relocating my spare, still not sure what route I'm going to take.
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So I have had multiple projects going, this project tire carrier, my sliding rear window, my battery problem, painting my fastback and learning the best way to make a mold of my cab spoiler. Also today Homedepot had s good deal on a black aluminum Husky low profile full size truck tool box for $203 out the door. Sadly it won't fit with my fastback, and it's that time to yet again make my way over seas to find the bad guys. So I choose to go home to see family, decided to put projects on hold gonna see family for the holiday, ill just buy a toolbox during deployment.

If anyone gets a start on this before I do please feel free to post your progress here.
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