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I put 35's on my Jeep and it has a full size spare. In order to fit the spare, I bought an aftermarket bracket that raises it 1.5" and puts it out 2.5" away from the stock tire carrier on the tailgate. The height is perfect but it now puts the spare too far away from the tailgate and is putting extra stress on the stock tire carrier. I'm looking to shorten the bracket by 1" by cutting the tube between the bolts so the tire would rest ever so slightly on the bumper and limit it's movement (right now it's just floating)

I'm thinking if i just hack an inch off with a sawzall, I'd like to find a person to weld it back together and reinforce it (looks are not important). The tire and rim are heavy so I'm wondering if I could make it as strong as the original mount. Safety is a big concern because I don't want to lose it on the highway so I figured I'd check with you guys first, then see who wants a quick welding gig.

Thoughts?

the bracket:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/22202_24.htm
 

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Mark at Long Island Propeller in Rocky Point (same shopping center as Orion7) and his pal Ed at Jason Fabrication in the same shopping center are both very talented welders.  I don't know how busy they are, but I'd give them a shot.  I have their numbers if you need them and can't get them from the internet.  PM me if necessary.
 

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If the looks don't matter then you can do it yourself. Use a triangle brake along the pipe to reinforce the new joint.
I can give you the welded
 

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if its round tube,, make a pice of solid stock to slide inside,, drill some holes in hollow tube and weld thru the holes along with the butt weld,,,called a plug weld,, worked many years at Nassau Custom Fabrication,, but dont have a welder any more,,,
 

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Uvbnaxed said:
If you're need lindenhurst, I can refer you to TG's truck. He's a good friend and a master welder/fabricator
lindy is not far from me. can you send me the contact info?

Thanks everyone for weighing in. I eventually would like to learn the basics of welding but i need a quick tunraround on this.
 

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One of the biggest promoters of LIF (well, he WAS until he got banned for ???  ) is a welder.... M14Bullets does great work with a torch or stick or MIG.....
 

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Might want to brace the tire carrier too, I'm not sure how strong the JK carrier is, but I remember the older Wranglers having pretty flimsy mounting on the tailgate, and the JK mount doesn't look much better. In fact it's a good excuse to get a heavy duty bumper with a built in tire carrier that's made for 35's, though that would be pretty pricey.
 

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DanHS said:
Might want to brace the tire carrier too, I'm not sure how strong the JK carrier is, but I remember the older Wranglers having pretty flimsy mounting on the tailgate, and the JK mount doesn't look much better. In fact it's a good excuse to get a heavy duty bumper with a built in tire carrier that's made for 35's, though that would be pretty pricey.
That's the ultimate goal.. but that's like $600 and a few months away. I have a guy sending me a bracket that reinforces the stock JK mount. Supposedly the welds/carrier was beefed up on the 2012s but either way.. I want a proper carrier/bumper that doesn't put the weight on the tailgate... until then.. cheapo method.
 
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